Testosterone Replacement Therapy and the Alternatives (and starting and stopping TRT etc). So you’ve just been diagnosed with Low Testosterone.. What are your options? Well, hold your horses chief! Please don’t just jump straight into getting TRT.
You are right in thinking that you need to take “some action” BUT, that may not mean going straight into getting a needle in your ass. If you have had all the necessary tests to confirm your diagnosis and there is no doubt that you don’t have another hormone or vitamin deficiency that may be causing your Low T. Could it be your lifestyle?
Can you rule all of the following factors out? If you are under alot of stress, obese or drinking heavily any of these factors can bring about Low Testosterone.IF it’s been confirmed that you have a medical reason why your Testosterone is low and that it most definitely cannot be fixed and YOU are happy to start TRT then please just consider these points first.
Regardless of how much you think TRT is going to fix everything, chances are it won’t. TRT is pretty much a life long commitment, you should view it this way when you start treatment.It may take a while for you to improve and feel ‘normal again’ our bodies don’t like change and try and balance all our hormones to cope. Did you want to have children in the future? Is your family complete? These need to be answered before undertaking TRT.IF you STOP taking TRT maybe because ‘it’s not working for you as you expected’ or you want to get a second diagnosis think again. TRT WILL SHUT DOWN your HPTA (hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis ) Basically your Endocrine system which controls all your bodies hormones. This makes it more difficult to start back up. Putting you back further that when you started out, with less Testosterone!
Stopping TRT to try and restart your HPTA If like myself you made a mistake and just accepted a diagnosis without really exploring all the avenues as to WHY my Testosterone was low. You may already be on TRT and looking at stopping Testosterone to try and restart your HPTA again to see whether your own body can make it’s own Testosterone again.
If this is the case then, depending upon where in the world you are your treatment could be radically difficult. Some places such as the USA offer different drugs to try and restart the HPTA (Normally the domain of bodybuilders who have been using steroids and have messed up their own bodies Testosterone production.)These bodybuilders have for years been trying different protocols of assorted drugs to try and maintain the gains they have made in muscle yet get their own endocrine system back up and running.
If you are in the UK, chances are you won’t get any help with restarting your HPTA unless you are trying for children and even then nothing is guaranteed. UK patients are normally expected to stop TRT and wait and see what happens.Alternatives to TestosteroneIndeed there are various herbs and supplements that are supposed to help with naturally raising Testosterone.
Some body builders use T. terrestris as Post Cycle Therapy or “PCT” After they have completed an anabolic steroid cycle, they use it under the assumption that it will restore the body’s natural testosterone levels.The extract is claimed to increase the body’s natural testosterone levels and thereby improve male sexual performance and help build muscle. Its purported muscle-building potential was popularized by American IFBB bodybuilding champion Jeffrey Petermann in the early 1970s. However, T. terrestris has consistently failed to increase testosterone levels in controlled studies. It has also failed to demonstrate strength-enhancing properties a finding indicating that the anabolic steroid effects of Tribulus terrestris may be more myth than fact.
This is an extract of the full article from WikipediaTribulus Terrestris is only one of many supplements that’s purported to increase natural testosterone. If you visit any sports shop that caters for those that weight train and you will find plenty of supplements that may or may not help. Sometimes the old saying ” If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is too good to be true”Please follow the other articles below that are related to starting Testosterone or stopping treatment and discussing other alternative treatments to TRT.