Hey guys, I'm currently experiencing symptoms of low testosterone and have been since 2013. I have never done any kind of anabolics so my system has never been 'shut down' so I don't need hcg as far as I'm aware.
I cleaned up my lifestyle quite heavily (8 hours of sleep consistently, compound lifting 3 times a week if I can handle it, paleo diet, quit smoking/drinking, take Vitamin D, zinc etc). Still feel like shit. I'm also prone to getting depression/anxiety since 2013 so that affects my levels as well I'm sure (never had mood disorder previously).
Total Test 7.2nmol/L (8.3-30.2)
SHBG 23nmol/L (13-71)
Free test 167pmol/L (225-725)
LH 5 (1-10)
Fsh 3 (1-10)
Now I've been getting a lot of conflicting informing about whether I'm secondary or primary hypogonadism. 3 specialists have checked my little ones and say they look perfectly fine. My LH levels are in the mid-range so this complicates things further. I would like to attempt a 4-6 week protocol to see if I can boot things up naturally.
Most websites suggest clomid over nolvadex as nolvadex seems to put stress on the liver and blunts IGF-1. However these come from men who are doing PCT, not those seeking first-line alleviation from hypogonadism through SERM monotherapy. My other fear is that any benefits of increased testosterone will be blunted by increase in SHBG and E2, which seems to be a common trend in forums, men take SERM, get better levels but no actual libidio/energy/mood benefits. In fact, google "Nolvadex libido" for a good amount of horror stories about sex-drive annihilation.
Anyway, no shame in giving this a shot for a few weeks before committing to lifelong pinning. I'm thinking, 20mg of nolvadex EOD for 6 weeks, then taper to 10mg for 2 weeks and 5mg for 2 weeks. This would avoid the need of Arimidex and any mood rollercoasters associated with these drugs. Would this be a feasible protocol?