lifting on off for 4/5 years
Been on 1mg of Finasteride for a year.
b/f 16% (calipers)
working on getting oral temps
Quick summary of history:
Started gyming at age 20 body-weight 61 - lower upper body split 4 times per week.
Got upto 68kg after about a year.
Reached 72kg by age 23 following a bodybuilder split.
Age 23/24: Left varsity and started work. Continued gyming but began looking quite “chubby buff” so decided to cut. Got down to 63kg.
Other potentially relevant info:
Low Erection Quality, hardness down (have never had great hardness though)
No morning wood
Left testicle occasionally aches (started in varsity before I started finasteride, never with fever though)
I get cold quite easy, this never used to be problem
Oily facial skin
I have lost A LOT of mass on my legs (most thigh fat seems to have moved to my waist)
Fat stored almost entirely at the back of my back (love handles) , lower abdomen and face
Little body & facial hair (no chest hair & can’t grow a full beard)
I used to gain muscle and keep fat off a lot easier, i am finding that when i up my calories i seem to only increase strength and body-fat. I have only managed to put on 2kg since i started finasteride. In this time i have been doing stronglift 5x5 and I hit a 5 rep bench max of 100KG, Squat of 110kg and OH press of 60KG at a bw of 65KG. Additionally, on three meals a day spaced between morning to evening i found i gained quite a but of fat so i switched to IF and eating two meals + protein/carb/creatine shake.
Looks like my TT is about normal for a 55 year old man and my Free Test is also low. My high SHBG could potentially be impacting how much test is available for tissue, which could be impacting my inability to put on muscle? My FSH & LH could be low due to the lack of DHT?
What are your guys thoughts? I’d like to be the most optimal i can possibly be (really missing how i looked at 72kg), not keen on dropping finasteride as it has done wonders for my hair. What about TRT + Finasteride with Hcg for the gonads?