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110491 tn?1274481937

No Testosterone

After I have been feeling run down for months now they finally checked a few things and it was discovered that I have little or no testosterone (normal range 6-70, mine came back as <3, meaning 0,1, or 2, not measurable). My GP says that's probably why I feel so tired, unmotivated etc. Cortisol was also in the low range, as was estrogen, as expected. They did a vitamin B12 check that came back as excellent. He referred me to an endocrinologist.

Has anyone here had a "zero testosterone" result?
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1046985 tn?1305117048
Excuse my ignorance, but I presumed you had no ovaries due to your OVCA, so therefor wouldn't it be normal to have no testosterone??? I am really interested 'cause I just thought that would be a given. PLEASE someone enlighten me, this is all so confusing..
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110491 tn?1274481937
Testosterone is made by the ovaries as well as with the help of the adrenal glands. In women without ovaries, all testosterone and estrogen requires the precursor androstenedione; this precursor is synthesized by the adrenal cortex. This is why even post-menopausal women have some estrogen and testosterone. I don't have much of the first one and none of the other.
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110491 tn?1274481937
BTW, androstenedione is the steroid Mark McGuire just admitted taking for years...
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1046985 tn?1305117048
This whole hormone thing is so confusing. I do know that since I've been on the estrogen gel (2 weeks), I feel 100% better. Its amazing that 1mg of gel can change a persons life so much. I think I would benefit from having a tiny bit of testosterone to increase energy levels and sex drive, but am just relieved that I finally can see the path forward, after the total shock of surgical menopause.
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