testosterone

Blood Work Again

I’ve been on my new dosage for a little over two months now. I finally got my blood tested last week. My total testosterone levels are at 524 ng/dL. I’m pretty happy with this. This was taken about 24 hours before my weekly injection. I don’t know if I’m supposed to get my free testosterone tested too. Honestly, I feel like things are changing at a decent pace. I’m not really sure how essential it is to have this done. I think next time I go in for blood work (lipids, hematocrit, etc.), I’ll ask for another testosterone test, both total and free.

I also asked for an estrogen test, which I assume was a test for estradiol. My levels came out to 85 pg/mL. From a quick Google search, I think this falls pretty close to normal male range. It’s a little high, but not by much. It does make me wonder though, even if I’m not getting periods, do my hormones still do their approximately monthly cycle? If so, estrogen levels could be higher at different times of the month. I suppose to test the theory one could have their estrogen levels at various times of the month. Maybe the information is out there already. One day, I’ll find the time to do a more thorough search on the topic.

I’m not as concerned about that at the moment. I’m finally seeing some progress as far as fat loss in the hip region goes. I think this is mostly due to the Whole30 I’m doing, which I’m now half way through. My clothes are fitting a lot better now, I’ve been sleeping really well, I’ve overcome my caffeine addiction, and my therapist told me my skin looked clearer from the last time I saw her (on the first day of the Whole30). Overall, I’m very glad I’m doing this Whole30.

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Risk of Glaucoma with Testosterone Use?

I saw this article from NPR, Using Birth Control Pills May Increase Women’s Risk of Glaucoma, go across my Facebook news feed the other day. I was curious, so I clicked on it. The article suggests that it MAY be due to the fact that birth control pills suppress the peak of a woman’s monthly estrogen cycle. There are estrogen receptors in the eye, so they believe that estrogen contributes to eye health. However, the risk is very small, going from 1.86% to just under 4%.

It got me thinking about those of us who take testosterone which essentially has the same effect as birth control pills, in that regard. Our total estrogen level exposure is less as well. The article admits that more work needs to be done. Don’t throw out your birth control pills (or testosterone) just yet.

Another thing I’m curious about: Since men have a lot lower estrogen exposure than women, in general, does that mean their risk of glaucoma is much higher? But a quick Google search led me to a paper on PubMed that suggests that women outnumber men in cases of glaucoma worldwide.

If I had more time, I’d do a more comprehensive literature review. But at this moment, I’m supposed to be studying for an exam tomorrow. Not to mention, I’m supposed to be doing a whole different literature review for my research and a term paper coming up in a couple of weeks. This may be one to pass on to Transgender Science.