Pyrrhic, it seems like it would be very difficult to answer if you are still recovering.
Effectively you are in the lower end of the range, but you are telling us you have no signs of low testosterone. Maybe you operate perfectly well at that range because it was your natural levels? Odds are you were probably higher, but everyone is different. Who knows?
However, don’t you typically go into a cycle knowing that one of the biggest risks is that your Testosterone levels will be permanently negatively effected?
If you are that concerned about it, why not give yourself more time before hitting another “cycle” and see if your levels get higher and you get a better sense as to where you should be normally?
Also, I thought the post PCT bloodwork was primarily to see if your Cholesterol / lipid profile was normalized before hitting another cycle? Guys seem concerned that they keep their testicles working for fertility reasons and such, but I’ve never heard them trying to reach “normal” pre cycle Testosterone levels before hitting another cycle, as the primary concern is they have their cholesterol / blood pressure in order so as to not put themselves at greater risk of heart trauma.
You very well could be heading toward needing external hormones for the rest of your life. Given that’s a very real risk, is that really something you are willing to live with?
A very informative, honest, and sobering reply. I really do appreciate you taking the time to type that up and respond to me. Although some of what you said was hard to take on the chin, you’re absolutely right.
A couple things to fill in the gaps…
-Comprehensive Cholest./Lipid profile analysis was done by my primary care physician approx. 4 weeks after PCT. While I did not get an actual print out/fax of the results, he told me that everything came back fine. I know that’s not the answer you nor I was looking for…but that’s all I’m left with.
-This blood-work was meant to serve as a post/pre analysis, killing two birds with one stone. First in that it would check to verify my cycle went according and the PCT was sufficient. Second in that it would serve as a baseline for the future post cycle results. Sounds stupid? I’m sorry, but it’s 50 dollars out of pocket privately and my insurance doesn’t cover comprehensive blood tests without probable cause and I didn’t want to look suspicious. I received a lipid/cholest. profile just by saying high cholest. ran in my family.
-I’ve been lifting and eating with purpose since I was 15 and have always been the slowest to grow. My peers put in half the effort with twice the results. I waited until I was 24 to introduce anabolic’s, thinking I would be ‘safer’. It’s something that means a lot to me, for various reasons, and I’m never going to abandon this lifestyle…So to answer your question…While I’d like to avoid TRT at all costs…Yes it is something I’m prepared to live with.
-The blood was taken at 12:30PM and I wakeup to train at 4:30AM. Maybe I should supplement with Vit. D, Zinc, and DAA for a couple weeks and retest at 7AM?
Again…Thank you for your post.