You will find a lot of “HRT is forever, man. Don’t do it unless you are ready to do it forever”. I don’t buy it. Too many people doing much larger doses of T for long periods of time and bouncing back fine.
If you are on TRT for a longer term without HCG, if you then quit, your hormones will crash. As you are already having trouble, and for most older, you will not bounce back like a younger guy post cycle. Your testes may be damaged and not be able to get back to where you were. So in reality, once your hormone levels get low and you feel wrong and seek therapy, you will not want to stop TRT, so that’s really the meaning of “forever”. No so much a trap, but a lifelong commitment to taking care of the problem.
As for HCG, I feel that using that should be the norm, not the exception. The problem is the stigma against injection that the transdermal manufactures are milking. It hard to push transdermals then suggest that everyone needs to inject HCG! So the system is stacked against injections and transdermals are where the huge profits are generated.
As for testes shrinking, a decent TRT dose, like 100mg/week of test cyp, will fully suppress LH and testicular function*. If a few feel that their nuts are not shrinking or hurting, they have no business suggesting to all that there is not a serious problem of this nature for most.
- no so much in some young men, but for older guys needing TRT, when you triple the TT levels, you are then so much higher than where the body wanted to be, that the feedback system will shut down LH.
I agree, to a point. I think this is a highly individual thing. All I have to go on are my own experience and what I read here. I have no shrinkage - but I am only doing 5gm / day - nowhere close to 100 / week. Maybe if I was doing injections, my results and response to the OP would be different. There are posts here from those who have done what I would consider long high dose cycles and they are fine.
All any of us can do is gather all the info we can find, and make a careful risk / beneftis judgement.