A very interesting question, as I’m consistently wondering lately if I would need to be on any meds in the first place if I never competed, and just stayed in the gym. Although, ultimately, I wouldn’t trade my competitive experience. I’ve learned so much about myself, nutrition, training, balancing life with other obligations, the journey was absolutely incredible and priceless. Keeping in mind I say this currently, where my only tentative medication is a half dose of prescription thyroid meds. If I was seriously injured after years of competing and needed surgery, or multiple prescriptions, I might not feel the same lol.
Anyway, back to your question. Technically, according to WNBF rules, prescription thyroid meds “when used for bodybuilding purposes” are prohibited. I’m not exactly sure how they’d discern what purpose they’re used for. But, if I have a history of documented symptoms with my primary care physician and endo, along with doctor’s notes stating why I’m taking synthroid, I would imagine it would be ok for me to compete. If it turns out I do need to start taking a small dose of testosterone to achieve normal levels, then I’d be officially out of “natty” status, which would not bother me, for a couple reasons.
-As of now, I’m not planning on competing again. Might change in the future, however, I can’t imagine being in a position where I want to put real life responsibilities and family on the back burner for 6 months to get on stage and make myself feel terrible. I’ve become completely content with being lean, not shredded, and after a year in the off season, have very much enjoyed living normally. I still live the lifestyle, which is what I love the most. Consistency in training 5-6 days a week, eating healthy and knowing what and how much I’m eating, and knowing how to eat at family events, have a pizza or drinks or whatever, without deterring me from my goals. Ultimately, it is a priority for me to maintain a lean physique and always look like I train, and I don’t think that’ll change anytime soon.
Disclaimer - no judgement against any assisted readers, I’m just talking about for me!
-I’m taking my trial dose of synthroid because of the symptoms I’ve been feeling that make me feel like I’m still prepping, even though I’m not. My quality of life is not optimal. If the doc feels testosterone is necessary, then I’ll be losing my “natty” status out of necessity for my health and quality of life, not because I want to take a short cut, get bigger, etc. Health is absolutely a number one priority. I’ve put myself through the gauntlet of preps, and I know everything I’ve achieved from my former fat boy days has been 100% hard work and discipline.
So, as I’d officially out of the “natty” world on a low dose of essential hormones to get to normal levels, and to have better health and quality of life, that would not upset me. I’d be quite content as long as I feel better