Ill start off with usually I am rather careful with my wording and in all honesty what wrote was not what I was thinking at the time. Just divided attention.
I understand the theory behind the taper however Everytime I see it mentioned it’s from someone who is freaked out because they did not research and only ran a 8-12 week cycle. Second part, I don’t trust doctors with this stuff, provided it’s not a specialist or Endo with serious experience. I had a friend and granted he was an idiot but basically he was on cycle for almost two years, there were periods where he sort of came off for a month maybe but really he was two years strong. A couple months after he finally came off, he had impending court issues with lock up time, he went to a doctor and the Dr did fuck all. Six months later he was still having no luck with recovery so the Dr prescribed him 30 arimidex pills, told him that’s all he can do. My buddy was so use to calling it anastrozole he didn’t make the connection and ran a mg a day for the month, we all know how much that helped him. He finally listened to the group and ran a serious blast of HCG followed by a proper SERM. I know everyone is different but he definitely had an improved sense of wellbeing when he finally turned himself in. We never did get blood work confirmation on his situation until after his little lock up and he was within reasonable levels, he started his journey with AAS early and never had a base line reading and he was into his thirties when all this happened.
From what I understand about the taper is you basically get the synthetic level just below where the natural level would be and hold it. The theory is the body senses the need for more test and starts producing the small amount to supplement the synthetic. Remember once the ester is freed from the hormone the body doesn’t know it’s synthetic and it behaves just Ike natural. If the body can detect natural levels being low then react with more production then the taper being just below natural should allow the same situation. The synthetic is there so you never go to zero and it’s sort of like a safety net if you have issues getting the natural back up. My concern is how do you keep a level steady at just below what natural would be, obviously the OP had his head in the game with low low test prop shots. I can’t deny that that was a strong context clue that he probably wasn’t just a rookie freaking out after a 10 week cycle. I literally just went on a rant on a previous thread about how you probably couldn’t keep the level low enough and steady enough without either low low prop or TNE. Even a slight spike even being below natural levels would be like tapping on the breaks in regards to recovering natural production, in my mind that is.
My concern over the taper is really you are just extending your suppression. Shouldn’t that be the last resort to try and recover the HPTA?
Early in my learning/reading on this subject I remember someone explaining half lives and just general cycle info you needed. With enanthate or cypionate (longer is different) don’t you already have a built in taper? I usually have said (and I have not bothered to write it out so clearly lately) two equal shots per week. So on week 10 sunday and Wednesday you take shots then week 11 and 12 you do nothing. On the start of week 13 SERM therapy starts. If you go look at typical cycle levels doses the amount of testosterone free from the ester per day should be below natural levels by week 13. You would have to be crazy high like 2000mgs a week to still have significant levels by week 13. My point of all of this, and granted I might be totally off on my understanding of the test taper and why it is used, why would the start of attempted recovery be bad at this point? Four weeks later your synthetic levels should be just about nill, the SERM should have kick started the whole loop and thus true recovery could begin. I can’t really call SERM time as recovery because you are still not relying on natural. Really recovery I my mind is the three or four months after PCT when you have a stable natural production level.
Please keep in mind I only ran PCT a handful of times before I just switched over to blast and cruise. So even though I try to always learn I know I do direct my attention to stuff I want to learn about and since I don’t PCT, that usually doesn’t get much time.