Testing testosterone levels

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  1. Eboomo

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    In the recent months I've noticed a lack of sex drive. Are there anyways to check (or somehow gauge) testosterone levels short of getting blood work? (Can't afford a Dr's visit ATM)

    It's driving me nuts considering my social live has picked up finally. I'd like to be sure the equipment is working should the need "arise" :biggrin1::biggrin1:

    Lame joke i know but i'd still like your constructive thoughts!! Thanks!
     
  2. B_Hamadim

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    Cheap ways:

    1- Food

    Eat nutritious food, including Fruits and vegetables, Focus on the Cabbage.

    Cabbage increases the testosterone levels.

    2- Workout

    You should consider joining a Gym to build some muscles, on top of that, Do some Jelqing.

    Jelqing will help maintain a great erections.

    -3 Days each 15 min Jelqing
    -2 Days off
    -Repeat

    3- Life Style

    If you are a smoker, quit smoking, and stop drinking Soda/Alcohol drinks.
    Sleep atleast 7 hours a day.
     
  3. D_Jerry_Atric

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    I've had mine tested and they are way above average but I had it tested by my doctor and the only way to do this is with bloodwork.

    Exercise and masturbate more as this will increase your T levels.
     
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    There are at-home testosterone testing kits. They're not cheap and they're not entirely accurate because to get a true picture of your testosterone levels you need to test for what are called "free" and "bound" testosterone. T-levels can vary wildly even in one day, usually being highest first thing in the morning, but that isn't necessarily so for everyone.

    The advice here is a good way to boost levels if, in fact, low testosterone is the culprit. Exercise does boost levels as do some foods, supplements, and losing weight. The only way to know your true T-levels though is to get frequent blood testing that measures free and bound levels. For that, you'd want a referral to an endocrinologist or andrologist (if you can find one) who can then help you properly and safely increase testosterone levels if necessary. You do have to be careful because too much exogenous testosterone (from unsupervised use of testosterone replacements like T-Gel) will cause your body to decrease endogenous testosterone and that's not good.
     
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    I am kind of sorry to say that the only reliable way to do this is with blood-work. The worst part of it is that most MD's outside of reproductive medicine screw this one up. In essence, it is not a simple testosterone test. If you go in and request a simple testosterone test what the MD will do if he does not refuse completely is to test only what is called "serum testosterone level". Unless you have serum testosterone below numbers that almost qualify you for female, most MD's won't replace it anyway. The next part of the test is for what is called "free floating" testosterone. That level along with the first one shows what your body has and secondarily is able to utilize. You can have a very high "T" level and still have a free floating in the cellar. That would mean a different course of treatment. You would also need levels of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and several other trace hormones as well as an estrogen level to really make an assessment. Again, trying to find a competent MD who really knows this is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

    I have been down this road myself and it is so nasty as to be rediculous if you actually do need male HRT. Most MD's are very poorly educated on this one and because they fear being charged with supplying steroids they do not care if you need help, they simply refuse to treat you because they feel that the are risking their medical licenses.

    I wish you luck my friend, but having been down this road I can tell you that the ONLY way that will work that is medically proven is medicine itself. The rest has some validity, but is a great deal of work for a very small result.
     
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    I read recently in the NYT that watching pornography ups your testosterone levels. Self-medication at it's most enjoyable!

    For anybody who wants a jolt of my favorite hormone, check out my blog - link right below.
     
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    Haha no worries there I'm self medicating plenty lol.

    But seriously... thanks guys these are some awesome responses and seem to have some genuine good information. THANKS!!!
     
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    ok,
    i am on testosterone cream, I have lost 50 lbs in the past 5 months, go to the gym
    everyday for 1 - 2 hours, turning 50 in a few months, never felt better.
    dont think of sex as much, but, i am getting erections all the time and in the morning.
    I started the cream or gel 6 weeks ago, its also suppose to aide in losing fat and gaining muscle, not much, but it helps.
     
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