It does not take much. Some on TRT will shut down their HPTA with 100mg test esters per week and have shrinking. Some will have aching balls too. Scrotum will pull up tight like a pre-adolescent boy.
I have seen in research where the intent was to shut down LH production and 200mg test cyp per week were used and blood work showed that shutdown was complete. As for shrinkage, that will be individual, but over time there will be a second phase where the structure of the testes is being destroyed. You can’t re-grow big balls from peas -effectively castrated.
250iu HCG SQ EOD will preserve baseline function of the testes. If you can get HCG, there is no reason at all to shut them down. Too much HCG will cause harm as the LH receptors can be down-regulated. Some argue to use HCG all through a cycle instead of only for PCT.[/quote]
I especially appreciate all your help on these forums KSman, you really know your stuff when it comes to HcG usage and I’ve learned a lot from reading your other posts. Thank you so much!
I do wonder though, is the pulling up of the scrotum always a present symptom of bad shutdown? I’ve been running a twelve week without HcG, planning on just using it PCT (next time I’ll run it throughout however); The boys have atrophied only very slightly, but they still hang loose. No pulling or aching whatsoever. Are those good markers of dangerous shutdown, something everybody experiences, or does everybody experience shutdown symptoms differently?