Natural T levels post-TRT
Hey guys. has anyone had their total T levels measured a few days/weeks after stopping transdermal T replaGRWOXXLent? I know on shots it would take a while but on gels they have a short half life.
What I'm shooting for is a rock bottom low level of T to demonstrate that I really do need to be on TRT and that my body won't produce the needed amount on it's own. if you have some numbers please share.
When one stops an androgen like Testosterone the hypothalamus in the brain will sense a drop in androgen and estrogen levels and will fire up GnRH hormone release>>>>this tells the pituitary to release LH and FSH and these hormones stimulate the testes.
If you have been on T a long time then your pituitary response can be sluggish.....but generally speaking it does the job. The trouble is that ones testes have shrunk from lack of use since being on exogenous T and they are not able to respond well to the pituitary hormones mentioned....so you get little T production.
The only way you will get a good response from your testes is if they have not shrunk much, and you can only prevent shrinkage with the use of HCG while on T....(or short cycles of T or roids).
Also, even if you did use HCG while on T chances are your LH release from the pituitary isn't going to be the greatest for a while so you really should use a SERM like clomid or Nolvadex. These drugs block estrogen at the hypothalamus resulting in higher levels of GnRH release from the hypothalamus>>>which then REALLY hammers on the pituitary.....saying WAKE THE HELL UP!
So just because T gel has a short half life and clears the system fast doesn't mean that your T will shoot up quickly. Without the use of HCG and a SERM it can take MONTHS for your T to return to decent levels.
If one has been on T (or roids) a long time without a break then it can then take some pretty serious SERM and HCG use to get things back to normal.