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  • Testosterone levels - worth waiting to see if if it recovers?

    Hello,

    I'm 38yo, and had orchiectomy last January, still find everything a bit overwhelming! My testosterone levels plumetted and were really low at 4.5nmol/L in May. Testicle that was removed was my left one, which always was bigger and I believe stronger one. I just had another test done, and this time round, testosterone went up to 8.9nmol/L

    I have also noticed changes in that the testicle grew and is much larger now. I've never had any tests done prior to the orchectomy, but was physically fit, never had any issues some men are reporting.

    Given that I have seen this improvement in around 5 months, is it worth waiting a bit longer and see if this trend continues? How much testosterone can a single testicle produce?

    Thank you kindly in advance.

  • #2
    When i lost my first one i was told wait 6 months and retest my levels. Never got the chance to wait 6 months because i got deployed to Afghanistan again. I was hell on wheels while deployed but then again i had a 24/7 adrenaline every day.
    Honestly if you feel it hasnt recovered enough to your liking then by all means test again and if need be start trt.
    Jan 2012- U/S mass in Left testicle
    Feb 2012- I/O performed to remove cancer
    Mar 1,2012- pathology pure seminoma
    Mar 7, 2012 PET SCAN stage IIa
    April 2012 Mayo clinic carbolite.
    May 2012 carbolite failed, started BEP x3
    August 7th 2012- BEP complete
    April 2013 CT/PET show relapse
    May 2013 RPLND
    Aug 2013 Relapse again Started VIeP x2
    Oct 2013 HDC AUTOLOGOUS
    Dec 2013 HDC completed CT/PETSCAN 1.1 cm x .8 cm right lower lung lobe
    Feb 2014 confirmed false positive all clear FINALLY !
    Jan 2015 1 year cancer free Pet/CT scan
    Jan 2016 2 years cancer free "Pet/CT scan
    Jan 2017 3 years cancer free "Pet/CT scan
    Jab 2018 4 years cancer free "Pet/CT scan, labs, xrays

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    • #3
      Did your levels ever went up? I'm still learning so not sure what to expect

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SomeGreyBloke View Post
        How much testosterone can a single testicle produce?
        Well, here's the deal: It depends. Some guys don't produce enough with one & others (like me) go 35 years with one & never have an issue ( in fact I kinda wonder how much trouble I might have got up to if I actually *had* two in my 20's). If you still have good libido, easy erections & orgasms, are not experiencing mood problems or hot flashes, then I wouldn't worry about the numbers, they are not what's important.

        You'll be hard pressed to find a doc that will treat low numbers without symptoms anyway, even us guys with no nuts & obvious need, have difficulty getting proper treatment. Go figure.

        Dave
        Last edited by Davepet; 10-09-18, 12:33 AM.
        Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
        Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP

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