PCT with Clomid After 9 Months HRT

Hi Everyone,

Long time stalker but first time poster so I will try and include as much detail as possible regarding my question.

Alittle background, I am 42yrs old, 220lbs and been training most of my life. In college I ran a few cycles between 12 - 14weeks and followed hcg/clomid PCT each time without issue. That said, after having two kids back to back,moving to a new city, and grinding through a crappy job I started to look and feel very run down. One of my clients happened to be a hormone “optimization” clinic and after some thought I had my lab test done. I wasn’t too bad but right on the line (admittedly, I was boozing and not eating great) about 395 total T and 9 for Free T. I had the other obvious markers, low Vit D, DHEA low, High BP, etc. so they let me know I was a candidate for HRT.
They put me on 200mg per week taken on Sunday/Thur, Nature Throid 1 grain, and various vitamins. Half way through I started taking 250 mcg HCG twice a week to kick start the boys just in case. My plan was to commit to it and make it a lifelong therapy, but after 9 months I just didn’t like the way I felt and needed to be much more patient and easy going since I am a father of a 2yr old and 3yr old whose mother travels alot, leaving me as Mr. Mom for days at a time.

Here is where is gets interesting, I let my dr at the clinic know I was stopping and asked what we needed to do as a PCT. She had nothing to say other than they don’t have a plan for that since this should be a lifetime commitment, and told me to just come back in a few weeks if I felt bad (probably knowing full well the brutal depression I was about to endure after being on trt for 9 months).

I ran the HCG for the two weeks after my last pin then switched over to liquid Clomid at 50 mgs a day for 2 weeks then down to 25 mgs. I have been running the clomid for 3 months now at 25mgs and started back on my zoloft that I had been on for years before trt.

My question is this: How long do I need to run PCT since I ran TRT for 9 months at 200mg Test C per week? Each time I try to taper to stop I become an emotional, depressed mess with a good dose of anxiety. Making things worse are my two kiddos running around playing, fighting, crying, etc and me being by myself half the time. I am going in for labs today, are there other levels I need to look at besides just T and E2? Clearly the clinic has no idea.

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There is also a ‘HPTA restart’ sticky

If you did not feel right on TRT, then that should be fixed.
You probably had expected high E2 [estradiol] and that can make males bitchy.
TRT in no to blame, your doctor did not know what to do.
You needed anastrozole to manage E2 levels near E2=22pg/ml

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Thanks KSman. I will check that out now. I am getting my labs back on Monday and should have a better idea of where I am at. I suspect my estrogen is high since I have been on Clomid for 3 months now. I have ordered some Aromosin and should get it Friday. That said, should I start to taper off the Clomid and introduce the Aromosin at a low dose? Every time I try and taper without an AI I get depressed, anxiety, moody, etc. Any direction anyone has would be a huge help.

Quick rant about HRT Docs: Honestly, Hormone Replacement doctors should not be able to prescribe TRT without an exit strategy included. Mine basically just said, come back if you start feeling bad. Probably assuming I didn’t know about PCT and figured I would freak out and jump back on so they could make their money. That is so dangerous and completely irresponsible! Anyway, rant over lol

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@KSman, I was able to get my blood results back today and have listed below. As suspected my LH is pretty high at 18 but it looks like my E2 is only around 22, weird. Also, I received my Aromosin today and just want to know what dosage would be good to take and how quick to taper down the Clomid which is causing these issues? Any help would be huge!

E2 - 22.1
DHEA - 355
Vit D - 55
TSH 1.510 uIU/mL 0.450-4.500
Testosterone,Free/TotEquilib Testosterone,Serum 578 ng/dL 264-916
%FreeTestosterone 2.58 % 1.50-4.20
CBC,Platelet,NoDifferential NRBC Null
WBC 8.2 x10E3/uL 3.4-10.8
RBC 4.75 x10E6/uL 4.14-5.80
Hemoglobin 14.8 g/dL 12.6-17.7
Hematocrit 43.3 % 37.5-51.0
MCV 91 fL 79-97
MCH 31.2 pg 26.6-33.0
MCHC 34.2 g/dL 31.5-35.7
RDW 14.2 % 12.3-15.4
Platelets 266 x10E3/uL 150-379
FSHandLH FSH 10.3 mIU/mL 1.5-12.4
LH 18.1 High mIU/mL 1.7-8.6
Thyroxine(T4)Free,Direct,S T4,Free(Direct) 1.31 ng/dL 0.82-1.77
Prostate-SpecificAg,Serum ProstateSpecificAg,Serum 1.9 ng/mL 0.0-4.0

Hey everyone,
I wanted to provide an update on how everything turned out months later after I posted this post freaking out and trying to figure out what was wrong with my PCT. Nothing is worse than reading a forum and as soon as the person starts to feel better they stop posting and letting everyone they are feeling better. I swore, when I was going through this PCT hell that no matter what I would respond to this thread in hopes that it would help even one person.

I can say, being on HRT/TRT was NOT a good idea for me at 42 years old with relatively normal numbers but unknowingly battling with sleep apnea. Once my sleep apnea was found everything changed and I decided I did not need HRT. I had been on 200mg test cyp, nature thyroid, Vit D, DHA/Omega 3, and DHEA. I weaned off the thyroid meds, did the hcg the last few weeks after last pin, and started clomid. My plan was to run the 25mg clomid for 4 weeks like I had done when I was younger and recovered fine. Each time i tried, I got depressed and VERY anxious feeling as soon as I started weening off. My thought at the time was maybe I just wasn’t ready to come off clomid yet so I would go back to 25mg and immediately feel better. This happened over and over until I was trapped in the clomid storm where my LH/GSH were really high which pumped up my E2. That is when I wrote the above thread freaking out and needing to find answers. I had not heard about aromasin until this point and finally started 2 weeks worth of a very small dose twice a week, around 12.5 (I was sensitive to dosage so small dose worked for me). I was finally able to come off the clomid after 2 weeks and then weened off the aromasin.
Now, this is where it gets interesting and might help others. I was finally off all the test, thyroid, and only taking the DHEA, Vit D (5000IU), and a small dose of Unleashed (which helps a ton). Although I was done with my PCT I was not out of the woods yet. It took almost 3 MONTHS to finally feel better and feel like myself again (stopped all PCT on Dec 6th through today, Feb 14th). Xanax was a HUGE help to get me through anxiety and social situations, alcohol seemed to make it worse if I drank more than one night in a row, I even jumped back on zoloft to help me feel better and still wasn’t quite myself as my body was adjusting back to normal. Today I am feeling great and back in the gym using natural weights.

I really hope this helps someone, and that they realize that it takes a different amount of time for each person to finally be back to normal. It’s not when you finish PCT, that just means you are now not using anything to prop up your hormones, after PCT your body is forced to start working on their own and it takes time to get back to their normal work. I am 42 and ran test straight for 9 months and am here to tell you IT DOES GET BETTER SLOWLY BUT SURELY after PCT!

Tips: Research ways to naturally increase test, maybe look at a serotonin diet, limit booze, try and stay away from stressful situations, get good sleep, absolutely drink water and stay hydrated, and force yourself to work out. You will slowly come out of it and your mind will miraculously forget the bummed out thoughts and feelings you had. You WILL get back to normal in your own time. Needless to say, I will not ever try this again, this is coming from a guy who has made it through hell and back with my HRT/PCT/Recovery. Everyone experiences this ride differently but hormones are so powerful and can make a completely sane person feel like they are going absolutely batshit crazy and depressed, all because the hormones are out of wack. It was the most scared I have ever been!

I hope this helps anyone trying to find information on their PCT.

Man I needed to read this. I’m going thru hell as I did a long test e cycle for 9 months and feel crazy depressed, poor sleep and anxiety. Doctor told me to get on DHEA and I start clomid Friday. This is it start my test back up. I did bloodwork and I’m crashed. I’m going to start lexapro this weekend and I use Xanax 1m daily to feel sane. I know I have awhile to go =/ I’m also 38

Hey man, sorry for the delay. It sucks to hear you are going through this. Did you just stop cold turkey or do a PCT protocol? Either way, I hope you are feeling better. Just remember that all the craziness is just your hormones balancing back out to normal. I also remember that caffeine made everything much worse and I loved Red Bull which really sucked because I had a hard time stopping! Hang in there!

I never did much pct like an idiot. I usually did test e for like 5 or 6 months. I stopped recently in mid summer and my depression and anxiety started with brain fog. Took a test and my numbers were 187!! I went to a special doctor and told him I don’t want trt if I don’t have to. He has me on 100mg of DHEA and 100mg of clomid for a month. It’s been 2 weeks and I took another lab last week and my numbers have risen to 323 so far. I had to get on zoloft and ativan to help as these numbers rise for me

The blood Work I did where I was at 187 test was 1.5 months ago. I took the recent one last sat with only being on DHEA and clomid for like a week but the number jumping into the 300s makes me feel like I’m starting to recooperate ??

Sorry I’m at work. And last month I started getting insomnia and i wake up 4 hours later and need benadryl and a Xanax to sleep again. I felt like I was going crazy and fucked my up my life. I started Zoloft 2 weeks ago. I just started feeling happier and positive. I just hope my numbers increase to a level where I don’t have low t symptoms

Yup, I just went through (somewhat still going through) by far the worst experience of my life cold-turkeying off of TRT. My urologist explained that I’d only experience some irritability and fatigue. Instead, after 3 weeks off, I felt like I was losing my mind from the ridiculous amount of anxiety/panic attacks I was having. My nervous system was so sensitzed that if I heard something fall on the floor I’d almost jump out of my seat. I couldn’t leave the house, I thought my life was over. I was also put on citalopram for the anxiety. It took many months to feel even slightly normal again.

I’m back on TRT now because my numbers never went back to pre-TRT levels. This is also a battle because it’s ramped up my anxiety again. Hoping that ends soon and I can feel normal. I’m 30, in shape and I monitor my diet really well so my levels clearly weren’t going to improve on their own.

This is a horrible mess. My brain fog has been way better now and my testicles are fuller. Like I said, only been on clomid and d hea for 2 weeks and have 2 left. I hope they get to a level where I don’t have low t symptoms ugh. What numbers did you top out at? All my labs have come back perfect besides the low t. I’m hopefully they went from 187 to 323 in a month though. Last shot in June

My highest was total T 182, this was 9 months after ceasing TRT. I did get a reading of 120 in September, and trust me, I could feel a big difference in those 62 points. No idea why that drop happened, could have been an ear infection I had. The jump you had in your levels is promising, hopefully you’ll have more relief soon.

The scariest part is where my levels must have been in those months where I felt insane.

Get some Enclomiphene online - clomid makes you feel like shit. Enclomiphene is a single isomer basically they took out the part that makes you feel like shit and kept the part that raises LH and does the job of jumpstarting HPTA.

Man, I started cycling at 26 and regret this. I lost all I gained smh. I never did heavy dosages but I did blast and cruise a few times with just test. I’m 38 now, just want to be healthy and workout like a normal guy. I’m hoping to get somewhat normal levels back as long as the anxiety and depression leave.

Brother, I was having dark thoughts myself. I thought I was also going crazy. All for what smh

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Good luck on your journey man. A shit ton of meditation helped me get through this year. The headspace app and the anxiety course specifically.

Thank you for the advice. I’m trying my best with vitamins also and clean living. I just have to wait another 3 months and hope I improved. If not, trt for life. Just a hassle. For now, Zoloft and Xanax. My name’s eddie by the way. From Chicago

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JP from Vermont man, good to meet you.

Brother, so you only did one cycle and couldn’t recover? Wow