When using artificial anabolic steroids that is…?
Sorry if the question doesnt seem practical - I’m asking out of interest really. From light reading of the endocrine system I have the impression that it reacts very quickly to any imbalance, as if to suggest even 1 day on more than natural AS levels would cause some degree of suppression.
I’ve also read here opinions that it takes a couple of weeks to suffer significant suppression, perhaps this is why the 2 week cycle seems popular lately?
It may be that suppression starts on day 1 but recovery to normal natural output is possible if you are clear within a couple of weeks, but takes longer if you stay on for longer. Of course PCT may be needed in either case.
Then there’s the view that very little gain is made on ultra short cycles, although I would guess every day counts - isn’t 8 weeks just 4 times the gain of 2 weeks or is there a kind of ‘momentum’ build up over time in muscle growth within the hormonally enhanced body?
An alternative strategy i’ve read about, both being promoted and denigrated, is the idea of tapering. One version suggests that dosages are lowered until just under what you would produce naturally and this gently coaxes the HPTA back into action over several weeks without a sudden drop and a few weeks on PCT trying to get back quickly.
On this i’d have to ask what is a realistic dose - wouldnt it be very small indeed to come under the natural output? I would guess tiny amounts of andriol or primo, if practicable - and it would have to go on for some time too.
I’d be interested in your anecdotal evidence and experience, or pointers to studies of HPTA suppression.