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    SHBG not tested by doctor? Important?

    Rowdybrad had written on one of his posts:

    A normal TRT program will try to optimize you estradiol as well as your testosterone and SHBG. The basic tests are:

    Total and Free Testosterone
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    SHBG

    So..... I was tested by an endocrinologist and receivee all but an SHBG test. I also was thinking about getting another Testosterone serum test done since my first one was done later in the day (3 pm) and came back REALLY low (32 - reference is 348-1197). So my concern is that I should take the test again in the morning but how important is the SHBG test? The "female hormone panel" on "privatemdlabs" doesn't seem to include SHBG but the "hormone panel with F&T testosterone & SHBG" obviously does. A difference of $76 --> 51 dollars versus 127 dollars with the discount code. Is there another option or lab test I missed? Opinions appreciated. thanks - EATSPINACH

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    Re: SHBG not tested by doctor? Important?

    I am no expert but if your total test came back at 32 during any part of the day you have low test. Even if you took the test first thing in the morning it is not going to be 10x higher -which would still be in the below normal range.

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    Re: SHBG not tested by doctor? Important?

    Sex hormone-binding globulin. Normal ranges for adult males are between 20-60. Stuff like igf, hh, lower shbg, and stuff like estrogen raises it.

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    Re: SHBG not tested by doctor? Important?

    So should I test for it? I really am curious. I think I may do it so I don't regret it since I'm going on TRT. Later I can test for comparison. Anyone out there whose Testosterone was low (not necessarily as low as mine) care to disclose their SHBG if you had it tested?

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    Re: SHBG not tested by doctor? Important?

    Just a followup. I got a full bloodwork again 2 weeks later before I started TRT & first thing in the morning. My results : SHBG 25.1 -- Total Test. - 358.5 -- Free Test - 9.7 -- Estradiol - 15.1. I would have qualified for trt anyways but I found a way to tinker with the results which ended up costing me a trip to an mri and $390 less out of pocket. I should have, could have tested my own bloodwork to see how it read from labcorp but I didn't know about privateMdlabs dot com. Live & learn.

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    Re: SHBG not tested by doctor? Important?

    Hi spinach. For what it's worth my doc lets me self-titrate (i.e. set my own dose to where I feel best). And I feel best about 15% above the "normal" reference range.

    If I am in normal range my mind doesn't work. If I'm speaking to a crowd I can't think of the right words, for instance.

    So go on what you feel, rather than on what the "normal" numbers are.

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