I have low test...42 years old 240 pounds, probably 20% BF. I've had low test for a while probably under 300 but never have had it treated.
Last doctor I saw about 4-5 years ago said TRT would be "lifetime" and it would shut down everything HPTA etc., so I didn't want to do that.
Believe it or not I WAS pretty strong (365 bench even with low test, although I've been lifting for years, so that's not so impressive). I do have low libido and constant low mood.
Anyway, I read some harvard study where they talked about the importance of test...they mentioned Clomid ALONE could raise test (by blocking feedback in the HPTA).
Would that be worth a shot or are there some drawbacks to it?
Also for the people on TRT, are they self-injecting? Intra-muscular? I've heard that's painful, I couldn't imagine doing that twice per week. I don't think I want to see teh endo doctor every week or even every two weeks to get painful injections. Maybe that gel stuff would work for me. I would also want to use some kind of hcg to keep my own testes functioning.
I'm seeing the doctor in a couple weeks for some tests and to see what he says (endocrinologist)...most likely he's not going to feel comfortable doing off label prescriptions (ie not approved by the FDA for a particular usage) so I doubt he'd prescribe Clomid anyway.
Before when I was tested for low test they did a pulsile test, etc. I didn't know that much about what they were doing but basically my test is just low. It's not that my testes don't work, they do, it's just that the thermostat is set too low. Nothing physical per se.
Any suggestions? Has anyone tried using Clomid alone just to raise test some for a little while (kind of cycling it)?