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Got my blood work results

Started by MeTony, May 04, 2019, 01:54:02 AM

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Everything was ok in my blood test except one thing. SHBG. It was 24, it needs to be above 32. Low SHBG means more T in my system if I understand internet correct. My T was in the middle of normal range for women. 0,7. But with low SHBG, more T is free and not bound in my body? Anyone expert on hormones in here? :)



right lemme see if I can remember what my endo told me baaaaack in the day.

SHBG is sex binding hemoglobin which kinda... chomps T and makes it unavailable to your body. So it basically nullfies it?
having low SHBG means you're likely to have a lot of FREE testosterone in your system, t that isn't bound and is therefore quite free to be used by your cells. (they should have actually tested your t and included a number on "free testosterone" but sometimes they don't do this for some reason.) This often will result in things like excessive body hair, acne, thinning hair etc. You know, general T side effects but to a much lower degree as the amount of free t floating around is still fairly low due to you producing less than a cis man would (though usually more than a cis woman because their T is usually mostly bound by the shbg)

It means that they may want to start you on a lower dose of t and monitor to see what your body does with it.

But free T basically means "biochemically available" and active. Bound T is effectively inert and useless.

Googling "free testosterone" might explain a bit better but that's how I understand it from the lecture my gyno gave me all those years ago lol.