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    I just use my GP and he will give me whatever I tell him I need....if not then i'll get a referral to and endo and tell him what I need. Yes I do know more about this stuff than my doctor and probably most endo's in my area, sad but true. I do need them to write the script though...unfortunately. If the OP does not have enough funds to see a doctor and get a script, or get on TRT (test is pretty cheap at the pharmacy....the gels are ultra expensive), well he probably doesn't have the funds to play around with RC clomid and the before and after blood tests right? the bloods are the most expensive part of the whole TRT/Clomid deal actually....doctors visits are expensive but not that much of a financial burden. Then you have a 6 month script for test or a script for clomid. You can get generics which will probably cost less than the damn RC clomid......

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicHolic View Post
    I just use my GP and he will give me whatever I tell him I need....if not then i'll get a referral to and endo and tell him what I need. Yes I do know more about this stuff than my doctor and probably most endo's in my area, sad but true. I do need them to write the script though...unfortunately. If the OP does not have enough funds to see a doctor and get a script, or get on TRT (test is pretty cheap at the pharmacy....the gels are ultra expensive), well he probably doesn't have the funds to play around with RC clomid and the before and after blood tests right? the bloods are the most expensive part of the whole TRT/Clomid deal actually....doctors visits are expensive but not that much of a financial burden. Then you have a 6 month script for test or a script for clomid. You can get generics which will probably cost less than the damn RC clomid......
    You know what I can respect that response it was logical and conscious. And I agree blood work can run up a cost its about $100 a pop at local labs near me other then ones I have people for, but I have kind of an inside deal there so its not really fair to compare. Also pharma clomid last time I imported cost about $50 for a 6 month supply. So it does not have to cost much vs doc visit and script cost.

    RC might not always be the best option but its sometimes the only option someone has can we agree on that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post
    You know what I can respect that response it was logical and conscious. And I agree blood work can run up a cost its about $100 a pop at local labs near me other then ones I have people for, but I have kind of an inside deal there so its not really fair to compare. Also pharma clomid last time I imported cost about $50 for a 6 month supply. So it does not have to cost much vs doc visit and script cost.

    RC might not always be the best option but its sometimes the only option someone has can we agree on that?
    Right, all you have is the doctors visit cost. RC clomid cost vs. generic clomid cost is comparable.....bloods are expensive of course, and you need at least two, whether going about it on your own or under a doctors supervision....but yes, if you can't find a doctor that will prescribe clomid then you would need to go the RC or overseas pharma route. Personally? for a clomid run that will dictate the fate of my endogenous test levels, and if I get on TRT or just stay natural, I just could not play russian roulette with RC's. I gotta know that its from the pharmacy and I used legit stuff. And yes, there are tons of fake Rx making their way into our US pharmacy's as you alluded too (It's getting worse by the month)....but I doubt its anywhere near as prevalent as underdosed or mislabeled or just plain bunk RC clomid. I don't trust these places for the most part, that is just me. Esp the liquid companies, the capsule places I have had more success with (for caber and cialis etc).....again just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicHolic View Post
    .. But you go boys, you badass black market cowboys! I'll continue to use the doctors office for matters pertaining to my hormone levels or cardiovascular etc. fools.
    What's with the name calling?
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    Further proof I am dealing with children, this clown ^^^ takes the time to neg rep me three times...which means he had to go around and positive a few dozen people in the meanwhile hahahaha. Act like a preteen girl on the internet much? People like this ruin this type of sub-forum, he has absoulutely no knowledge of TRT or anti-aging...yet he must make stupid comments and then run around like its facebook leaving nasty comments when called out on it! WOW! Its not even worth helping people out and/or correcting misinformation.....
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    Well this thread kinda got hijacked by AnabolicHolic and his rant against research meds and you must see a TRT doctor. Most TRT doctors wont even try chlomid - at least not in Canada - it is an off-label application of the drug to raise male Testosterone. It is easily and inexpensively available via mail order though it did take me a couple of tries to find a reliable offshore pharma that actually delivered - and it does require some experimentation to get to the right dose rates but can be effective in raising testosterone even in older men ( Anabolic seemed to imply that since he was older there was no point trying). This is a copy of a post I have in another place on this forum. For information purposes only because harbonah rightly brought up Chlomid as an option to raise testosterone that may be more effective than DHEA/Pregnelone.

    This is a long post - if you want the summary:

    Look into Chlomid - seriously. If your balls and pituatary are still capable of working properly - Chlomid can dramatically raise testosterone levels with minimal side effects if the dose rate is kept low. Research seems to indicate it is safe for long term use at low dose rates.

    I am a 53 yr old male - who had simlar problems. Low testosterone - did the full gamet of testing- no observable problems with LH FSH thyroid etc. I could write for hours about this - but spent about a year and a half trying many of the products sold on fitness websites to increase test (Tribulus, longjack, DAA, Fenugreek, Forskoli etc) with no substantial effect. I can post labs over several years if one is interested.

    In late December 2012, I recieved some generic chlomid from an online pharmacy - the first two I tried never delivered - the third one did and has subsequently been very reliable. Generic Chlomid is cheaper to take than any of the supplements listed above. In just six weeks, my total, free and bioavailable testosterone went up by over 70 %, taking 25 mg chlomid every other day.

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    Here were my thoughts on the results ( copying this from another bulletin board I posted on)

    1) Pituitary seems to be working as the chlomid drove up LH and FH
    2) Balls seem to be working as Testosterone and Free Testosterone went up 70 %
    3) Estrogen getting pretty high
    4) Thyroid is OK - actually getting better as tests proceed (added iodized salt back into diet and taking thyroid glandular)
    5) Sudden sharp drop in AM cortisol is disconcerting - wonder if it was side effect of chlomid

    I increased the dose of chlomid to 25 mg every day - and retested in April. HEre is what I posted on other log. Big thing is my Testosterone was up to top of reference range and Bio-available had increased dramatically.

    Just a brief update - been on Chlomid for over three months now. Somethings going very well - others need a bit of work yet. I have been avoiding adding an anti-aromatase but looks like I may not be able to get around it. Recent labs

    Cortisol 688 (range 200- 690 nmol/L)

    Way better than last test result - may have been an anomaly as is consistent with previous test from December.

    Total Testosterone 28.3 (range 8.0 - 29.0 nmol/L) Well can't complain

    Estradiol 184 (range 0 - 160 pmol/L ) This one I need to work on yet
    Progesterone 3.7 (range 0 - 3.0 nmol/L)

    Free Testosterone 451 (range 175 - 700 pmol/L) More than double the numbers I used to get
    SHBG 60 (range 10 - 55 nmol/L) would love to see this down - but maybe because of high estrogen so anti-aromatase?
    DHEA-S 8.4 (range 2.2 - 13.0 umol/L)
    BioAvail Testosterone 9.2 (range 4.0 to 16.0) NICE- was below reference range in October

    Both Bio Avail and Free Testosterone will of course improve if I can get SHBG down.

    Here is a major problem - first time ever tested for Vit D and I take about 3000 IUs daily

    Vitamin D 80.5 (range 80 - 200)

    Maybe I am a poor absorber - have added a second source (pills in the morning - liquid Vit D in evening ) and taking 6-7000 IU and am going to see how it goes.

    All in all - I am very pleased with being on Chlomid. I upped my dose in February from 25 mg EOD to 25 mg daily. I am going to cut back to 25 EOD again and see where I stabilize - figuring the lower dose rate will reduce side effects. Going to try some natural anti-aromatase first before trying other approaches.

    I feel better - am more positive, good morning wood, can concentrate better and am seeing some body recomposition that is favorable. So far - the experiment for me has been a success - your mileage may vary. I figure for a 53 yr old guy to get his total T up to 800 with just a SERM is pretty good results.

    The high estrogen numbers and fact I had hit the top of scale on Total T made me cut back the chlomid again - so since that time I have been taking 25 mg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I have added in 2 pills daily of PES Erase to try to lower estrogen for the last 3-4 weeks. I feel great and have the best morning erections I have had for years - which is usually a good sign that testosterone and estrogen are in balance. I am going to see my doctor and get more bloodwork done in about 10 days.


    There are a number of good studies online about Chlomid and long term use in Men for low testosterone - learn to use pubmed is well worth it. Anyways - here is info from one - Title says it all.

    Clomiphene citrate is safe and effective for long-term management of hypogonadism.

    Moskovic DJ, Katz DJ, Akhavan A, Park K, Mulhall JP.


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    Sexual & Reproductive Medicine Program, Urology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA.


    Abstract


    OBJECTIVE:

    To assess the efficacy and safety of long-term clomiphene citrate (CC) therapy in symptomatic patients with hypogonadism (HG).

    PATIENTS AND METHODS:

    Serum T, oestradiol and luteinizing hormone (LH) were measured in patients who were treated with CC for over 12 months. Additionally, bone densitometry (BD) results were collected for all patients. Demographic, comorbidity, treatment and Androgen Deficiency in Aging Men (ADAM) score data were also recorded. Comparison was made between baseline and post-treatment variables, and multivariable analysis was conducted to define predictors of successful response to CC. The main outcome measures were predictors of response and long-term results with long-term CC therapy in hypogonadal patients.

    RESULTS:

    The 46 patients (mean age 44 years) had baseline serum testosterone (T) levels of 228 ng/dL. Follow-up T levels were 612 ng/dL at 1 year, 562 ng/dL at 2 years, and 582 ng/dL at 3 years (P < 0.001). Mean femoral neck and lumbar spine BD scores improved significantly. ADAM scores (and responses) fell from a baseline of 7 to a nadir of 3 after 1 year. No adverse events were reported by any patients.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    Clomiphene citrate is an effective long-term therapy for HG in appropriate patients. The drug raises T levels substantially in addition to improving other manifestations of HG such as osteopenia/osteoporosis and ADAM symptoms.
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    haritec good info, I wanna go buy some clomid now!!
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    And I've got just the right research place to buy it from!! LOL
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    I won't quote that LOOOOOOOOOOONG winded post....but you know who you are........

    Firstly, you validated my postings in this thread by saying that you had a hit or miss experience even ORDERING and RECEIVING the "chlomid"...never mind the fact you just as well as could have actually received it and got bunk stuff. Thanks.

    Secondly, It's my personal decision (opinion) to use doctor prescribed HRT/TRT (or "chlomid" therapy). Don't hate bro as well its (again) my choice to just jump on TRT if I feel my age is great enough that most of us at that age won't respond to clomid (I'll stop with the h now). And as a little FYI, clomid ED for life essentially (which seems to be what you are advocating here being on 3 months and tinkering with future dosing) would make 99% of men into whiny bitches 24/7 365 and probably make many suicidal (not even joking), this not taking into consideration the other sides. Sorry you can't dictate what I do or what I post....if you don't like it, I guess its tough titties for you. thanks again.

    This is sad that there are so many people in here with shyt attitudes, and so many people with no knowledge about anything to do with this forum giving advice. The one place you figure to not find random numbskulls giving advice would be in an anti-aging forum.....the trolls have filtered into this forum as well. Why anybody not on TRT or any anti-aging protocol feels the need to bring their 20 something year old azz in here and "give advice" is beyond me. I never even though to do that in my 20's......
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicHolic View Post



    This is sad that there are so many people in here with shyt attitudes, and so many people with no knowledge about anything to do with this forum giving advice. The one place you figure to not find random numbskulls giving advice would be in an anti-aging forum.....the trolls have filtered into this forum as well. Why anybody not on TRT or any anti-aging protocol feels the need to bring their 20 something year old azz in here and "give advice" is beyond me. I never even though to do that in my 20's......
    Vida's right. You do like to call people names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigchourico View Post
    Vida's right. You do like to call people names.
    well if they piss me off or call me names (your pal vida inferred that I did not have the intelligence to "find a legit RC source" in his condescending and sarcastic post to me, that had nothing to do with my actual point btw)....then maybe they get called a name. I am sick and tired of arguing about fcking RC clomid right about now, but there seems to be an RC clomid warrior posting about every 12 hours for some reason. I guess RC clomid carries a lot of clout around here LMFAO.....
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    Anabolic - First I am going to agree with you, Then I am going to disagree with you, then I am going to ignore you in this thread unless it is comments that address the original posters question ( If I can't get TRT - what do I do)

    I agree - if you have a GP or a TRT doctor who is open to all means of hormonal modulation, be it SERMS, HCG, T-Gels, Shots etc - of course you should get all your meds through your doctor and via prescription pharmacies. Many doctores (at least here in canada) won't go the Chlomid / HCG path as it is not approved by the sanctioned bodies.

    I disagree regarding chlomid sides - whiny bitch mode happens in some who are very estrogen sensitive or who are taking too much clomid. Many people using it in PCT are taking 50 or 100 mg daily. I have no whiny bitch mode - if anything more testosterone aggressive assertive effects. And as I said, I am 53, not a 20 something - though many 20 somethings know more than me or you about this subject. I cited the medical study done by doctors at Sloan Kettering above - in which they saw no adverse side effects in a controlled study. I am taking 25 mg 3 times a week - and hope to be able to reduce it to 12.5 mg 3 times a week and still get a substantial testosterone increase, without having to go to exogenous testosterone.

    Interesting comments from an MD

    The 5 Main Reasons Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) May be a Good Alternative to Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Men with Low Testosterone Due to Secondary Hypogonadism:
    1.Clomiphene citrate stimulates the body's own production of testosterone
    2.Clomiphene citrate doesn't interfere with the body's checks and balances of testosterone
    3.Clomiphene citrate comes as a pill easily administered by mouth
    4.Clomiphene citrate is generic and very cheap
    5.Clomiphene citrate has little side-effects and low risk of developing these side-effects

    The 5 MainR easons Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) is Not Usually Prescribed to Men with Low Testosterone Due to Secondary Hypogonadism:

    1. Most doctors aren't aware of the efficacy and safety of clomiphene use in men
    2. Most doctors think of Clomid as a "women's drug" to increase fertility
    3. Clomid isFDA approved only for use in women
    4. Clomid use in men is considered "off label"
    5.Clomiphene citrate is now generic and really inexpensive so it's not advertised very much

    so ... IF one does NOT have access to a GP or TRT doctor who will provide them a prescription for chlomid, one may still consider purchasing generic chlomid via mail order ( i prefer this route over research chemicals). If one is going to do so, it would be recommended to have a source for regular blood tests lined up - at least Total Testosterone, SHBG and Estradiol - to see what effect the dose one is taking is having. I have found a doctor who does my testing regularly so I can modify dose, add other supplements for estrogen control and see the effects, and one can purchase online salivat testing or blood testing (ZRTlabs or LEF.org come to mind)

    Since the original poster said "If I'm not able to get TRT" one must assume he is asking about solutions that don't directly require a doctor's prescription (hence research chemicals coming into the discussion), not about your personal choice and good fortune to have a great GP that is very helpful for you.
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    A good description of the alternatives - from the blog of Dr Shira Miller - who is an anti-aging TRT doc and was voted one of 16 "docs to watch" in 2012. Underline is mine.

    With traditional testosterone replacement therapy, the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) gets the message that there is plenty of testosterone being made in the testes, so much so that it doesn't need to make anymore. Subsequently, the pituitary stops producing LH, and the natural production of testosterone (and sperm) in the testes ceases, which is why traditional testosterone replacement results in testicular shrinkage and low sperm count...a man's testosterone and sperm manufacturing plant is essentially shut off.

    Clomiphene citrate and/or HCG do not turn off the testosterone manufacturing plant but rather turn it back on or reboot it. While some hypogonadal men require continuous use of clomiphene, for others it can be used for a 3-6 month time period and then discontinued. And, the checks and balances system is not interrupted, so there aren't the testosterone replacement side-effects which occur due to intentional or unintentional testosterone overdosing. Most interestingly, although it used to be thought that clomiphene and/or HCG only worked on young men, in the past decade or so it has been used effectively in older men too.
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    I agree with all that.....esp the low dose MWF clomid protocol. if that is an effective dose it will negate any adverse side effects. I'm still not sold on taking clomid for life though....I'd opt for test 4 life if i was going to be taking something that long term. but yeah i can see taking clomid in that dosing protocol being a viable option for many guys. I also agree about choosing overseas pharmacy tabs to the RC crap ....but these pharms are also hit or miss as i have alluded to before. Will you receive your shipment? will it be bunk? is it accurately dosed? As you say though if you are in a predicament where your doc won't prescribe it for you (an anti-aging doc will most likely btw...) you can always use trial and error using various non-rx clomid options while getting bloods to see if its legit or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicHolic View Post
    I agree with all that.....esp the low dose MWF clomid protocol. if that is an effective dose it will negate any adverse side effects. I'm still not sold on taking clomid for life though....I'd opt for test 4 life if i was going to be taking something that long term. but yeah i can see taking clomid in that dosing protocol being a viable option for many guys. I also agree about choosing overseas pharmacy tabs to the RC crap ....but these pharms are also hit or miss as i have alluded to before. Will you receive your shipment? will it be bunk? is it accurately dosed? As you say though if you are in a predicament where your doc won't prescribe it for you (an anti-aging doc will most likely btw...) you can always use trial and error using various non-rx clomid options while getting bloods to see if its legit or not.
    I am just going to toss a brand name out there I hope I am not breaking any rules if so mod please delete and I apologize.

    If you go with a major brand for instance from India like "Cooper" "I left out part of the name to be safe" you will get a drug that has passed that counties own version of the FDA the chances of you getting a fake are about equal to CVS giving you a fake maybe slightly higher but odds are in your favor here. I am not trying to beat a dead horse here but I just do not think there is any reason at all to worry if you are ordering a legitimate over seas brand name.

    FYI this is not sourcing as they will not sell to you directly its a manufacture/distributor.
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    Mr.Cooper sells clomid? Then I bet its legit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnyboombots View Post
    Mr.Cooper sells clomid? Then I bet its legit!
    I do know Mr. Cooper is a smart man and if he was selling clomiphene it would be legitimate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post
    I do know Mr. Cooper is a smart man and if he was selling clomiphene it would be legitimate.
    Word..,, lol
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    I see my naturopath today who will likely give me a req for a new round of testing. This will be after about 6 months total on chlomid at various dose rates - the last two months have been 25 mg ever Monday Wednesday Friday. I have also been doing two tabs of PES erase a day for about a month. Should get the bloodwork results in the next week or two and will post how it is going. I suspect the PES erase has not been enough to get my estrogen fully in check - morning wood and libido (crack of dawn gets me hard) but would have expected a bit more body recomp / drying out if it was doing what I hoped for.

    Will post results synopsis when I have it.

    Question - if one has to go with a prescription aromatase inhibitor - any recommendations regarding exemestane or armidex ? Armidex is cheap and I can get easily - but has more lipid profile issues I think. Exemestane has been hard for me to find and is substantially more expensive when I do, but less lipid issues and apparently increases growth hormone as well. Apologies to orignial poster - here I talk about hijacking thread and now I am hijacking it for myself - although - he did mention an anti-aromatase in his orignal post so kind of on topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haritec View Post
    I see my naturopath today who will likely give me a req for a new round of testing. This will be after about 6 months total on chlomid at various dose rates - the last two months have been 25 mg ever Monday Wednesday Friday. I have also been doing two tabs of PES erase a day for about a month. Should get the bloodwork results in the next week or two and will post how it is going. I suspect the PES erase has not been enough to get my estrogen fully in check - morning wood and libido (crack of dawn gets me hard) but would have expected a bit more body recomp / drying out if it was doing what I hoped for.

    Will post results synopsis when I have it.

    Question - if one has to go with a prescription aromatase inhibitor - any recommendations regarding exemestane or armidex ? Armidex is cheap and I can get easily - but has more lipid profile issues I think. Exemestane has been hard for me to find and is substantially more expensive when I do, but less lipid issues and apparently increases growth hormone as well. Apologies to orignial poster - here I talk about hijacking thread and now I am hijacking it for myself - although - he did mention an anti-aromatase in his orignal post so kind of on topic.
    I also have been taking either A) one PES Erase Pro or B) one OG Erase morning and one night. I'd like to see what difference the 2x a day with the OG Erase makes when you find out. I am using Androgel for TRT at 11-12 pumps a day....I was at 687 test level at 8 pumps (2 pumps in the groin area mind you, probably 100% DHT conversion) So i extrapolate from those #'s that I'd be up in the 900's??? So similar to your #'s on clomid if you are in the 800's from what I read??? I'll probably get blood work done soon and let the doc know I was applying extra pumps since I had extra pumps laying around....he actually recommended to me to apply extra pumps "when I needed a boost", I assume a sexual boost? He said he did it all the time with his testim lol. I will probably go with one Erase Pro per day when the OG Erase runs out. And we go off tangent on threads all the time on this board, matter of fact most of the good info comes on off-topic posts by members on threads that have nothing to do with the original topic posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnyboombots View Post

    It is a SERM and it's very well known for raising testosterone levels
    Vinny, what are your thoughts on Nolvadex vs. Clomid for long term hrt? In some forums I'm hearing nolvadex better than clomid for my purposes. Thx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w8lifter View Post

    Vinny, what are your thoughts on Nolvadex vs. Clomid for long term hrt? In some forums I'm hearing nolvadex better than clomid for my purposes. Thx.
    Everything I have read about trt for people who are not ready or unwilling to use testosterone talk about clomid I've never seen them mention nolvadex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w8lifter View Post
    Vinny, what are your thoughts on Nolvadex vs. Clomid for long term hrt? In some forums I'm hearing nolvadex better than clomid for my purposes. Thx.
    I have only seen the one study using clomid for hrt. That being said I have seen one study comparing many popular SERMs and Tamoxifene had the largest testosterone increase among those compared ill see if I can find a link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post
    I have only seen the one study using clomid for hrt. That being said I have seen one study comparing many popular SERMs and Tamoxifene had the largest testosterone increase among those compared ill see if I can find a link.
    Sadly clomid was not compared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post

    I have only seen the one study using clomid for hrt. That being said I have seen one study comparing many popular SERMs and Tamoxifene had the largest testosterone increase among those compared ill see if I can find a link.
    You're saying tamoxifen does a better job at raising testosterone levels than clomid? Most trt/hrt places use clomid including mine. Never heard of any using tamoxifen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post

    Sadly clomid was not compared.
    http://www.ergo-log.com/nolvabest.html
    Oh they didn't use clomid in the comparison study. Gotcha
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    Apparently clomiphene is a serm targeting the hypothalamus and pituitary versus nolvadex which targets breast tissue. In this I can see clomid being more effective at stimulating lh and fsh for the testis to churn out natural test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w8lifter View Post
    Apparently clomiphene is a serm targeting the hypothalamus and pituitary versus nolvadex which targets breast tissue. In this I can see clomid being more effective at stimulating lh and fsh for the testis to churn out natural test.
    Agreed
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    Quote Originally Posted by w8lifter View Post
    Apparently clomiphene is a serm targeting the hypothalamus and pituitary versus nolvadex which targets breast tissue. In this I can see clomid being more effective at stimulating lh and fsh for the testis to churn out natural test.
    Put simply no you are inaccurate when it comes to how tamoxifen works.
    SERM's that effect testosterone do so by tricking the hypothalamus into thinking there are fewer sex hormones circulating in the blood. and as a result the gland secretes more GnRH hormone which makes the body produce more LH, leading to stimulation of testosterone in the testes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post
    Put simply no you are inaccurate when it comes to how tamoxifen works.
    SERM's that effect testosterone do so by tricking the hypothalamus into thinking there are fewer sex hormones circulating in the blood. and as a result the gland secretes more GnRH hormone which makes the body produce more LH, leading to stimulation of testosterone in the testes.
    See below for a good read on this subject.
    http://www.ergo-log.com/sermsinmen.html
    Call me old school....but I say Clomid for PCT/kickstarting the old testes, and nolvadex for gyno. This is how its always been, until recently when people started using nolvadex for PCT etc. And then there is torem which is something I've never even used or researched on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicHolic View Post
    Call me old school....but I say Clomid for PCT/kickstarting the old testes, and nolvadex for gyno. This is how its always been, until recently when people started using nolvadex for PCT etc. And then there is torem which is something I've never even used or researched on.
    Well you can stick with that and probably be safe as long as you have one of those 3 SERM's you are probably good. But I can say the research really does not support the idea of tamox vs clomid for recovery yet. Both have studies supporting their use as a means of increasing testosterone levels. I would live to see a study comparing the two and it may be out there I have just not seen it yet. I doubt you will find a study supporting either for gyno prevention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbonah View Post
    Well you can stick with that and probably be safe as long as you have one of those 3 SERM's you are probably good. But I can say the research really does not support the idea of tamox vs clomid for recovery yet. Both have studies supporting their use as a means of increasing testosterone levels. I would live to see a study comparing the two and it may be out there I have just not seen it yet. I doubt you will find a study supporting either for gyno prevention.
    Nolva never helped me with my gyno, but then again it was pubertal gyno which is a bitch. But its supposed to have an affinity for breast tissue estrogen receptors, at least that is what is proposed.
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    I guess the general consensus is that clomid is a better non-testosterone HRT protocol then using pregnenalone and or DHEA. What I'm hearing is to use clomid along with anastrozole in mild dosage. I guess the question now is, is it okay to use this protocol long-term or not?
    I will take this up with my endocrinologist at our next meeting.
    Thank you all for your input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w8lifter View Post
    I guess the general consensus is that clomid is a better non-testosterone HRT protocol then using pregnenalone and or DHEA. What I'm hearing is to use clomid along with anastrozole in mild dosage. I guess the question now is, is it okay to use this protocol long-term or not?
    I will take this up with my endocrinologist at our next meeting.
    Thank you all for your input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnabolicHolic View Post
    Nolva never helped me with my gyno, but then again it was pubertal gyno which is a bitch. But its supposed to have an affinity for breast tissue estrogen receptors, at least that is what is proposed.
    While I cant seem to find any study in the use of either to prevent gyno, tamoxifen seems to be a better treatment for existing
    gynecomastia then Clomiphene at least that is what these two studies would suggest. I would suggest looking into anastrozole for gynecomastia treatment instead though I believe it shows more promises even in cases of puberty induced gynecomastia and much quicker results as I think the tamoxifen studies were ran up to 6 months and may have required more time.


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    Well - I got some of my new labs back. My previous results were obtained while taking 25mg Clomid every day. These results are after I have dropped the clomid to 25mg M, W, F (last two months) and added in two tablets of PES Erase every day (one Month now). I dont have full labs yet but here goes:

    The good news (note these are Canada so reference range and units may be different than those you are used to in USA)

    Liver Enzymes
    ALT 25 U/L range 1 - 60
    GGT 16 U/L range 11-63
    Lipids
    Total Cholesterol 4.13 mmol/L (range 4.2 - 5.2)
    Triglycerides 0.58 mmol/L (range 0.60-2.30)
    HDL 1.46 mmol?L (range >=0.91)
    LDL 2.40 mmol/L (range 2.2 - 3.4)

    The Not-So-Good News

    Endocrine

    Cortisol AM 596 nmol/l (range 200 - 690)
    Estradiol 172 pmol/L (range 0 - 160)
    LH 11 IU/L (range 1 - 9)
    Progesterone 2.7 nmol/L (range 0 - 3.0)
    Total Testosterone 20.5 nmol/L (range 8.0 - 29.0)

    I have no results yet for SHBG, Free Testosterone, BioAvailable Testosterone. DHEA-S, or IGF-1

    SO ... the PES Erase has seemingly done virtually nothing for my estradiol - if anything my ratio of total testosterone to estradiol has gotten worse in the one month I have been taking Erase. My Testosterone numbers could have been a bit lower on this morning for a number of reasons
    (1 - this test was done while fasted as required for lipids test, previous test was not
    2 - I was up really early (5 AM ) and test was done at 7:30 - previous test was done 1 hr after waking or so
    3 - I went jogging that morning - something I did not do before the previous test)

    Lipids numbers are a bit low on Triglycerides and Total Cholesterol - which is interesting as I eat a lot of fat ( typical breakfast is 3 egss, 4 oz steak and a sweet potato, all fried in a Tablespoon of coconut oil). I think these are healthy numbers none the less - and HDL is rocking

    Progesterone back down into normal ranges - was high when I was on clomid every day

    ALT and GGT suggest liver function is good - which I really wanted to know as my SHBG has been running very high and I had heard that it could be because of liver distress. I think that these numbers would suggest I am not having a liver distress issue.

    Looks like my next step is to get a better anti-estrogen than Erase. The online pharma I use has Armidex (anstrozole) but not Aromasin (exemestane) so that seems to make that decision for me.

    Recommendations - 0.25 mg Armidex every two days or every three days to start ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by haritec View Post
    Well - I got some of my new labs back. My previous results were obtained while taking 25mg Clomid every day. These results are after I have dropped the clomid to 25mg M, W, F (last two months) and added in two tablets of PES Erase every day (one Month now). I dont have full labs yet but here goes:

    The good news (note these are Canada so reference range and units may be different than those you are used to in USA)

    Liver Enzymes
    ALT 25 U/L range 1 - 60
    GGT 16 U/L range 11-63
    Lipids
    Total Cholesterol 4.13 mmol/L (range 4.2 - 5.2)
    Triglycerides 0.58 mmol/L (range 0.60-2.30)
    HDL 1.46 mmol?L (range >=0.91)
    LDL 2.40 mmol/L (range 2.2 - 3.4)

    The Not-So-Good News

    Endocrine

    Cortisol AM 596 nmol/l (range 200 - 690)
    Estradiol 172 pmol/L (range 0 - 160)
    LH 11 IU/L (range 1 - 9)
    Progesterone 2.7 nmol/L (range 0 - 3.0)
    Total Testosterone 20.5 nmol/L (range 8.0 - 29.0)

    I have no results yet for SHBG, Free Testosterone, BioAvailable Testosterone. DHEA-S, or IGF-1

    SO ... the PES Erase has seemingly done virtually nothing for my estradiol - if anything my ratio of total testosterone to estradiol has gotten worse in the one month I have been taking Erase. My Testosterone numbers could have been a bit lower on this morning for a number of reasons
    (1 - this test was done while fasted as required for lipids test, previous test was not
    2 - I was up really early (5 AM ) and test was done at 7:30 - previous test was done 1 hr after waking or so
    3 - I went jogging that morning - something I did not do before the previous test)

    Lipids numbers are a bit low on Triglycerides and Total Cholesterol - which is interesting as I eat a lot of fat ( typical breakfast is 3 egss, 4 oz steak and a sweet potato, all fried in a Tablespoon of coconut oil). I think these are healthy numbers none the less - and HDL is rocking

    Progesterone back down into normal ranges - was high when I was on clomid every day

    ALT and GGT suggest liver function is good - which I really wanted to know as my SHBG has been running very high and I had heard that it could be because of liver distress. I think that these numbers would suggest I am not having a liver distress issue.

    Looks like my next step is to get a better anti-estrogen than Erase. The online pharma I use has Armidex (anstrozole) but not Aromasin (exemestane) so that seems to make that decision for me.

    Recommendations - 0.25 mg Armidex every two days or every three days to start ?
    I too had no results with ERASE. So I got Anastrozole (Aromatraz - Google it) online for very good price, no scrip needed.

    General consensus seems to suggest .25 mg eod. I'm taking that amount right now with 100 mg e7d test cyp.

    In about one month I will cease taking exogenous testosterone and will instead use clomid for HRT along with mild dose of anastrozole.
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    Running that morning and not eating could have had a negative impact on coritsol.
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    If Arimidex is out of stock, and Exemestane is available.....what are the comparable dosages as compared to arimidex? I've never used Aromasin before, so I am totally unsure on the dosing of this stuff. the pills are 25mg though. I suppose splitting one in 1/4's and taking MWF plus Sat Night would be EOD at 6.5Xmg, a pill per week.
    Sucks that erase is so ineffective though.....you figure it would have some effect, especially for guys raising up into the 700-900 range on trt. Not like there is so much aromatization that it overwhelms the erase (like at >1500 with guys at 500mg+ test a week), it should be able to handle that. oh well.
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