First, I just want to say that I am really grateful for the information here that so many of you provide to keep newbies like myself from making mistakes they can regret their whole life!
A little background about myself: I am 31 years old and started lifting and body building a little over 3 years ago. I can’t say that I do everything perfectly (certainly have lot of room to improve), but I believe I have put in a reasonable effort into my diet and training (have also had professional help and supervision for a while).
For the first two years I was quite happy with my progress but I had a certain goal/body in mind when I started and I am not really there yet.
Last year things have plateaued quite a bit, which is why I started thinking about gear. Now some of you would suggest that there’s a good possibility that I haven’t reached my natural potential and that I just need to work harder. They would be right of course. However, considering my goals are fairly modest (adding 10-15lbs more) it felt like gear might give me the push I need to get there quickly, easily and (hopefully) safely. I spent time educating myself using the resources on this forum and elsewhere about proper cycles, PCT, etc.
My plan was to do a first relatively short cycle of Test E only. I am targeting 6 weeks that could go to 8 or a little more depending on whether I am getting the results I need. Start with 300mg/w and then increase up to 600mg/w also depending on results. After that first cycle, I want to minimize gear use to minimum and only utilize short cycles (~3 weeks) of Test P at most once a year if I feel like I need it to get back to the target shape.
The reasoning behind this is that the shorter the cycle the higher the chances of fully recovering post cycle, or so I believe. I believe I understand well enough the potential sides and risks of being on gear and how to deal with them so I am comfortable with that. Yet, I am not sure I fully understand the risks and consequences of being shutdown and this is where I need your help
There are many posts here in which someone states that they did this cycle when they did not know better, and then got shutdown permanently and have to be on TRT for the rest of their lives. Two questions:
1- What are the chances of that happening given a relatively short cycle I describe above, and proper PCT (Nolvadex) afterwards? Does using hCG while on cycle reduce these chances?
I realize I cannot expect definitive statistics in the answer to that question, but just how common this really is? Is it reasonable to say that the great majority of people who follow that cycle are expected to recover fully after PCT?
2- What are the consequences of the worst case scenario (i.e. permanent shutdown and TRT) on life expectancy and fertility? I am sure that is a big topic but I would appreciate pointers to start learning.
Sorry about a long post. Help truly appreciated!