HCG advice needed. I'm SHUT DOWN at 25 total T!
07-14-2010 03:33 PM
HCG advice needed. I'm SHUT DOWN at 25 total T!
Well here's the short of my situation. Ran a cycle of Test (500mg weekly) for 10 weeks. Came off using a standard PCT for a month. Felt like utter **** still after my PCT and decided to get my blood tested. Found low levels in the 300s. Doc said come back and we will test again to see if you rebound. Found my levels laying in the upper 100s. Doc said it must have been a fluke. Tested me again 2 weeks later and found total T of 25 and Free of 4.6
Now the long of it......
So basically I was consistently dropping week after week. I lost allot of size, especially strength. I feel lethargic. When I wake up in the mornings I feel like a train hit me and lay in bed for another hour. Overall I feel like crap. No hardons no motivation. Gym training has me feeling like I'm an AIDS patient working like a dog in a Vietnamese sweatshop.
So the doc after seeing the level of 25 was shocked. He offered TRT, but I explained my desire to father a son one day. He said how about I give you 50mg of Clomid and see what happens. I insisted on Nolvadex, saying it blocks estrogen at the pituitary much better. So he put me on 40mg of Nolvadex and wrote me a script for 60 pills with 4 refills. Took that for 2 weeks and decided to call the doc up on the phone and said "Hey! I still feel the same". And then I preceded to ask if he could prescribe me some HCG. He paused and said... why not just stay on the Nolva. And I said, I can't possibly block estrogen if my body isn't making any T for Estrogen to convert to. So he said "so, what do you want?" I asked for 10,000 IUs of Novarel for 3 weeks. He said ok "ill give a script for 6 bottles of Novarel, with 2x refills for 6 bottles each refill". He said, "you should be set for 6 months or so, I'll see you in two months for your checkup, ciao". I was like wtf, he just gave me a years worth of HRT using HCG, not to mention I now have well over a years worth of Tamoxifen. Does this guy know what he is doing??? I just needed enough to get kickstarted again and he just hands me enough for HRT. Good thing I know what I'm doing otherwise my dumb butt would be stuck with only 50mg of clomid ED
I feel like I am treating myself at this point.
Some doctors administer 3000ius 2x weekly or 2000ius 3x weekly.
I know the standard protocol for PCT is 500Ius ED for 3 weeks.
So I've decided to go 500IUs ED in the mornings to mimic my natural curve.
Is this the best way to go? At this dose I'd be at 3500IU week, not the 6000IUs seen on other protocols. And I'd have LOTS of HCG for almost a year left.
1.) How should my HCG be dosed during the week to shock my nuts back to size?
2.) Should I cut my Nolvadex dose down from 40mg to 20mg ED?
3.) How quickly should the HCG start making my Test go up? I've been doing 500IU ED for the last 3 days and feel almost no changes in volume and well being.
4.) lastly and least importantly, I do IM shots of HCG. I've heard the HCG peaks in your blood twice as fast compared to SQ. Like 7hours vs 14hours.
Is IM > SQ or no difference. Or would SQ mimic my natural curve better?
I need some guidance. I just want my nuts making 700+ Total T and to be healthy like I was before. No way should one isolated cycle have affected me this badly especially after a solid PCT.
Sorry for the lengthy dialogue.
07-14-2010 04:01 PM
What was your standard protocol for PCT from your test cycle?
You can think of hCG as artificially raising your test because your LH will still be shut down in the pituitary from continuous hCG use. If you use hCG continuously, consider yourself on hCG replacement therapy, and you don't want that! So be careful here.
If I were you, I would take enough to shock them to size, once size is ok, start taking clomid and STOP hCG. Clomid is better at bringing test back or so I've heard.
I do SQ injections on the sides of my stomach and it has kept my balls big from a superdrol cycle and superdrol is notorious for shut down so clearly subQ abdomen shots work. But it's up to you. I like it there because it's closer to my nuts too as opposed to injecting in my shoulder.
07-14-2010 04:05 PM
My PCT was 20mg Nolva for 30 days
Originally Posted by chocolatemilk
500IU HCG for 1 week
And Aromasin for roughly half a month
And your suggesting I do a big shot 2-3x weekly instead of ED?
07-14-2010 04:13 PM
Aromasin in pct wasn't a good idea. You want estro to come back up so your test could come back up with it. They go hand in hand. The nolva wouldn't have touched the estro but just "disable" it if you will. And the hcg for 500iu for a full week just kept you shut down.
PCT could have been the problem.
HCG WILL keep you shut down the longer you use it. To me the logical thing to do is shock the nuts back to size, stop hCG, and start clomid. Balls will be functioning, and clomid will restart hpta and begin raise LH. Balls will pick up the signal.
07-14-2010 04:20 PM
Ok, I'm understanding your logic. Only thing however, how would lowered Estro keep me shutdown? I thought Aromasin was good to include in a PCT?
So I should do 5000IUs 2x weekly until my nuts are swellin? Then just stay on the Nolvadex? Btw, Nolvadex does block estro at the Pituitary better than Clomid with less sides.
07-14-2010 04:28 PM
I have read that estrogen coming up in PCT will help your test come up with it. They go up together. Aromasin killed you estro levels depending on the dose so it might have been harder to get test up.
Nolva is just better at not allowing estrogen to bind to breast tissue for gyno.
I don't know the exact dose of HCG you're looking for to do this to be honest. I would get clomid also IMO. A lot of people on here say it is better at bringing test up.
07-14-2010 04:40 PM
BTW do not gauge if hCG is working or not by "well being" not a good inidcator like you have in question 3. The best indicator is balls come back to normal size which they should pretty much instantly after hCG injections.
Switch over to subq in 3 inches to the left or right of belly button if IM hasn't brought them back to size.
07-14-2010 04:48 PM
Aromasin should be used as needed DURING cycle not PCT. I have also heard and read negative comments about HCG being used during PCT... These are things to take during cycle as a preventative.. Chocolate Milk is right, if you nuked your estrogen levels your test will suffer too.
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07-14-2010 05:06 PM
Ok, well in that case my testicles don't feel atrophied anymore like they were. In fact they felt like a squished grape. Now they feel like a bruised grape, not hard but not squishy and empty.
Originally Posted by chocolatemilk
lol sorry for the analogy. But, do I wait until they feel large and hard? I feel like they have to be slightly larger than they are now.
For the IM i take the 1/2 29g Needle and just push it into my quad. I believe it should hit the top of the muscle tissue but not go deep IM.
07-14-2010 05:15 PM
Give yourself a 500-1000 iu shot in the stomach where I said for 3 days or so. This will NO Doubt get the nuts up and running and start nolvadex ONLY after that for a month.
Don't do it in the quads. It may work in the quad, but I was told by many reputable people on here to hit the stomach area when I was learning how to use the stuff and it's been working great.
use the 1/2 29 guage but If you have 1 cc 29 guage try those since you're doing larger doses so you don't inject multiple times. Your choice here.
PCT looks like it was the probelm. Aromasin, plus hcg 500iu for 1 week, and nolva together seem like they would throw things off.
PS don't overthink how your testicles feel, if they are not atrophied, that's good. My nuts feel like squishy grapes after cardio and feel like rocks after showering in cold water lol. They will mutate on you from time to time.
07-14-2010 05:46 PM
So a few days of HCG just to shock the testicles to a larger size. Then get off it and run Nolva only after? I have a script for 40mg ED, but is 20mg more than enough? Or is 40mg ED better?
And DAMN! My doc is nuts then for giving me ALL that Novarel and Tamox. Can't complain though
lastly, should all go well would I be producing in the upper 700s again? I'm young (19 years). I really want to be able to get big but using my bodies own T. If I end up only reaching in the 300s then I'll say **** it and run TRT and use rFSH when I'm ready for a baby.
07-14-2010 05:53 PM
Doctors are human beings.
Yea you should try that. You have nothing to lose and it seems the best way to go about this for the moment with the tools at your disposal. Keep it at 40 for the first week if the script says that then bring it down to 30/20/20 and get bloods after this.
Please don't try to "feel" whether this is working or not. It's damn near impossible to tell what's going on in your body without labs and bloods. You will wake up without morning wood some days, you will feel tired as hell some days, and you will feel like sh*t some days and just wanna lay in bed all morning. That is just life. Don't "symptomize" things. Just made up that word.
Do this, get bloods, and report back in here on how you did and good luck!
EDIT: YOU'RE ONLY 19 LOL. Wow... this changes things. I don't feel good all of the sudden telling you to dump these things into a a body who's endocrine system hasn't matured yet.
I would do whatever your doctor tells you to do kid.
07-14-2010 06:31 PM
I happened to have an appointment to get bloods tomorrow morning. I've been on HCG 500IUs for 3-4 days already and have been on the nolva 40mg ed for like 2-3 weeks.
The appt. for bloods is 9:15 AM so I'll get the highest possible TEST levels at that hour.
1.) Should I go in fasted?
2.) Should I administer my HCG as directed but after my blood work? or before as usual?
3.) Take the Nolva as usual? I'll still have it in my system anyways so I guess do the morning dose.
And yeah, was dumb for juicing. I wanted the fast track to lean bulk and sort of got. I was never higher than 550ng Total however before hoping on. I'll try to get back full on naturally but if I have truly induced primary hypogonadism (permanent) than I will just resign and do TRT which my doctor said would be the next step. If I want kids at that point I will simply do a course of rFSH to get some swimmers in my nut.
07-15-2010 04:29 PM
Went in this morning for blood fasting. Threw in lipids and a few other tests. The doctor said stay on 500IUs for 3 weeks and return after for more blood. He also said stick to the Nolvadex 40mg/day
Guess I'll see how that goes. A few days on HCG and I'm already feeling better with mood and energy. I'm less lethargic feeling.
07-15-2010 04:32 PM
Listen to the doc bud. Although I don't understand the reasoning for BOTH nolva and hcg together?
07-16-2010 03:27 PM
Can you go on shut down even when you have not tried performance enhancing stuff?
07-16-2010 03:29 PM
I have the exact same symtoms of shut down, but I have never taken anything. My total testosterone is 600 - 700 (blood test), but my testosterone levels when taken by saliva is not even in range (very low). Any ideas?
07-16-2010 03:56 PM
I would check my free testosterone levels as that is the value that matters most. It's the bodies usable source of T
Originally Posted by dcoxd21
07-17-2010 05:42 AM
What is the normal remedy if free T is low? From what I have read docs wont necessarily care if total T is good.
07-17-2010 10:24 AM
Ummm, not a doctors remedy but Stinging Nettle Root (not the leaves extract)
Originally Posted by dcoxd21
has been shown to bind up SHBG which should increase Free T.
Try TestoPro or Activate Xtreme, or you can buy bulk Divanil on NP
6-OXO has also been shown to bind up SHBG
Another cheap supplement: DHEA is good for lowering SHBG
"SHBG is made in the liver in response to levels of many hormones:
1. Increasing Testosterone reduces SHBG
2. Increasing DHT lowers SHBG
3. Increasing DHEA lowers SHBG
4. Increasing Growth Hormone lowers SHBG
5. Increasing Insulin lowers SHBG
6. Increasing Estrogen increases SHBG
7. Increasing Thyroid Hormone increases SHBG" -Mesomorphosis.com
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