Is it possible to restart or refresh one's HPTA axis?
- 04-12-2007, 11:40 PM
Is it possible to restart or refresh one's HPTA axis?
I have spent, quite literally, HOURS researching testosterone and issues relating thereto. Amazing what one can learn when one's testicles are at issue!
Since most "mainstream" docs seem painfully unware of the HPTA axis and only want to prescribe Androgel without a clue or care about the long term effects I started research. I get the distinctions between primary & secondary hypogonadism and note most guys seem to be complaining of secondary. Count me in this camp- my testicles work, but aren't getting the right signals from the brain.
Here is what I don't get: Why isn't there more info on restarting the body's OWN functioning? Why are so many ordinary doctors only interested in a simplistic approach? In short, is it even possible to restart the HPTA? This assumes, of course, that there is no tumor or other similar factor at play. If this is possible, how can it be done?
- 04-13-2007, 12:26 AM
From what I understand it is possible, but not that likely....
Dr John currently has me on that protocol using Nolvadex.
Any specific questions?
- 04-13-2007, 08:06 AM
Thanks, fit4life- I do have questions.
Besides "why me?" and related unprinted comments, I remain puzzled as to WHY generally healthy and fit guys like me are increasingly suffering from what I'm beginning to call "acquired eunuch syndrome".
As for the HPTA, do we know why it shuts down?
Is Nolvadex the generally accepted way to try a refresh/restart? Are there other methods? I am intrigued at this as your post is the first time I have ever heard of this despite a fair amount of research. Illustrates how informative this board is.
What is the protocal/procedure? More specifically, is Nolvadex used exclusively by itself or with hcg, trt and/or other things? How long does the attempt last? Does one avoid other drugs while trying it?
As you can see, I am most interested in keeping and enhancing my own body's abilities before turning to external supplements. Seems the better way to go.
Thanks for your time and effort. Much appreciated.
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Last edited by Dr. John; 04-22-2007 at 02:02 PM.
1) why me is same i thought. in my case i was only 18 wen it started, just imagine...over time u kinda except it and just pray for the day to come when everything is normal
2) there can be multiple reasons why it shuts down. in my case, i beleive that my immune system was shot and strep throat for two weeks just completely depressed my adrenals
3) Nolva and/or Clomid are the two most used ways of trying to restart the hpta. these are what steroid use at the end of a cycle. clomid has some bad effects on guys so Nolvadex is what is used more often
4) as far as i know HGC will not help bring your hpta system back. it will help your testicles produce some natural test and some sperm, but it actually hinders the hpta if ur goal is to bring it back (i may be wrong)
here is my protocol for trying to kickstart my hpta
40mg per day (20mg 2x a day) for 2 weeks
30mg per day (15mh 2x a day) for 1 week
20mg per day for 1 week
10mg per day for 1 week
i am currently on day 11 and have noticed no change at all
i dont see how you can restart the HPTA unless you shut it down again first.
i believe that is all i am allowed to say on the issue
Why do you need to shut down your hpta to jump start it? If a guy is off testosterone for months and he is not feeling "normal", but his levels are decent, maybe he has not achieved a "normal" level yet. Couldn't one try to jump start his hpta to function better?
Last edited by Dr. John; 04-22-2007 at 03:23 PM.
I'm bumping this to see how "fotforlife" is making out on his attempt to restart
his HPTA. Any news? Progress?
I would give anything to find a way to get my natural functions working on their own....
I am new to all this and though I have done a lot of resaerch I have not hear of hpta. Can some one tell me what this is and how it effects your T levels or if it effects your prolactin levels? What test do you do for it.
Anyman--I have noticed that it seems like a lot of people who are fit fall into secondary hypo for some reason. I am a marathoner, and before that I was into bodybuilding. Right now I do not have much drive for either.
I am no expert by far, but understand the HPTA to be (m)
the hypothalmic (sp?)-pituitary-testicular axis. In other words, it's the cyclical system in your body which regulates the production and level of sex hormones.
I understand that I am suffering from secondary hypogonadism, which is an interruption or defect in this chemical process. My testicles appear to work--it's the messages to and from my brain that are mixed up or missing.
My biggest fear is that TRT will PERMANENTLY shut down my body's ability to produce and T and related chemicals thus making me utterly dependent on artificial meds for life. I cannot stand being dependent on anything. Think aboiut it- once you start on the TRT ride there is no getting off, even if medicine advances in the coming years. This is why I am so hesitant to start without full research and info.
What Is The Hypothalamus?
An integral part of the limbic system, the hypothalamus is involved in regulation of the internal milieu of the body or, said another way, for homeostatic control.
It does that by means of its neuroendocrine role in conjunction with the pituitary gland as well as by its influence on the the autonomic nervous system, which helps regulate body temperature, the cardiovascular system, and food and water intake.
Test your response over three months period, do daily shots of
100IU -- HCG
below are some names to choose from.
I think you could use
any other would do the same.
That at least would give you a chance and piece of mind that you have done your due diligence.
As far as I know the above should not hurt you.
Not sure, possibly you could benefit if in the first week you use double of above doses.
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Pregnyl®, Profasi®, and Novarel® all contain HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a hormone used to induce ovulation in women who are unable to ovulate on their own. It works by helping to release the egg from the follicle, usually following administration of FSH.
HMG stands for human menopausal gonadotropins, which helps to stimulate follicular growth and maturation. Humegon®, Pergonal®, and Repronex® contain HMG and are typically used in combination with HCG to induce ovulation. These medications are also prescribed for men who have insufficient quantity or quality of sperm due to hormonal abnormalities.
my experiences w/ growth-hormone releasers (link to log in sig, below) suggests that the HTPA may be re-startable, but I'm no doc, & make no recommendations.
I am not a medical Dr, please keep in mind that this answer is for information purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace sound medical advice from your physician or health care provider.
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