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Low Testosterone Level
April 2003

Q. I am 24 years old and I recently had a blood test done that showed I had low testosterone, a count of 80 nd/dl. I know this is extremely low and I have an appointment to see a doctor. I have used anabolic steroids a couple of times in the last year: testosterone enanthate, deca durabolin. I have also been using clomid three weeks prior to getting blood work. Could you please give me any information that could help me get my test levels where they should be?

A. Testosterone, like many other hormones on the body, has a very precise mechanism to control the production and amount that circulates in the bloodstream. The control center is in the pituitary gland in the brain, which essentially measures the amount circulating and then signals the target organ to make more or less.

The drugs you have taken are close enough in structure to testosterone that the brain has likely been fooled and therefore shut down your own testosterone production. This has extreme hazards to you and I would urge you to discontinue this immediately and seek guidance from your doctor. Side effects include liver damage, infertility, and psychologic effects. The drugs you mention are not legal for non-medical use, so you are putting yourself in a hazardous position there as well.

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/steroids/index.html

http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/sports/steroids.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=SM00038

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