Realistically how many people actually get bloodwork done throughout a cycle? Not many. Unless you can be open with your doctor, paying for that regular bloodwork would just be too expensive. A good balance between testosterone and estrogen levels are just as important as high testosterone. AI’s are important and should definitely be on hand. But not everyone is highly prone to aromatization, and you won’t know this if you start using an AI from day 1 of your first cycle. 500mg of testosterone really isn’t all that high and you may stand to benefit from a slight increase in estrogen. Your body thrives from that balance. Adding dbol to his cycle will most likely guarantee that AI will be needed since it has a high chance of being aromatized. For myself personally, and I’d assume most of the guys here, we’re in it for the long haul. Not a brief moment of getting big and then that’s it. Why not start simple, see exactly how your body reacts before adding other drugs in. First cycles are never last cycles. Unless something goes horribly wrong and there are too many factors to determine where the problem originated. Not looking to hate on anyone else advice, just my 0.02
edit- symptoms of high estrogen will not just happen overnight. I gently examine my chest everyday to feel for any possible growth, keep track of my mood, libido, water weight, even testicle size. If I ever feel like estrogen is starting to get high, I will take some adex. But very rare. My diet has plenty of greens and veggies since they act as a natural AI. Do I love eating them? Hell no lol but I’d rather eat a plate of greens each day to keep things in check than be using additional drugs.
There are ways to get bloodwork without your doc ever knowing.
Privatemdlabs is one, cost 50 bucks. It’s worth knowing where you stand hormonal wise if you are gonna be cycle for awhile.
Not everyone needs an AI, like I said before some do, just because you think you don’t, don’t advise someone else they don’t need it.
And really checking your nips everyday? That’s not a sure sign of high estrogen, there are other problems associated with high e2 that can’t be seen.