Pituitary restart while on TRT: promising initial results with GnRH plus enclomiphene

SSHSSA74

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Thank you for all the GREAT information. I appreciate you taking the time. I'm sure you probably stated this somewhere already but where do you get the gonadorelin, progesterone and enclomiphene? And no hcg for you it looks like...
I think I just saw the answer to where you get it.
 

Cataceous

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... I'm sure you probably stated this somewhere already but where do you get the gonadorelin, progesterone and enclomiphene? And no hcg for you it looks like...
In theory everything can be obtained either with or without a prescription. However, in the case of enclomiphene the only clearly legitimate source is Tailor Made Pharmacy, which does require a prescription. Pharmaceutical grade progesterone and hCG can be obtained from AllDayChemist.com without a prescription. The options for gonadorelin seem to be limited to a doctor's prescription or a research chemical from the likes of Peptide Sciences.

HCG was used initially in this trial, but it is no longer necessary due to the successful stimulation of endogenous LH and FSH.
 

SSHSSA74

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In theory everything can be obtained either with or without a prescription. However, in the case of enclomiphene the only clearly legitimate source is Tailor Made Pharmacy, which does require a prescription. Pharmaceutical grade progesterone and hCG can be obtained from AllDayChemist.com without a prescription. The options for gonadorelin seem to be limited to a doctor's prescription or a research chemical from the likes of Peptide Sciences.

HCG was used initially in this trial, but it is no longer necessary due to the successful stimulation of endogenous LH and FSH.
got it. great info. thank you again!!
 

Cataceous

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An update at six months: Due to short-staffing at LabCorp the timing of the blood work is different this time. The older data were collected approximately 30 minutes after a GnRH injection. In this case the post-injection delay was two hours. Therefore, although the LH measurement of 2.2 mIU/mL appears to have barely changed from last time (2.1), it probably represents a decent increase because of the time elapsed from the post-injection peak. This should apply to FSH as well, though it climbed to 1.7 mIU/mL from 1.4, and has now also entered LabCorp's normal reference range (1.5-12.4).

Regarding testosterone and estradiol: The sampling was done nearly four hours after the daily injection of propionate and enanthate. Total serum testosterone was 760 ng/dL, and estradiol was 40 pg/mL. The testosterone value is not far off of the predicted peak of 780 ng/dL. The implication is that endogenous production is still minimal in spite of healthy testicular volume. The positive in this is that extra testosterone would complicate the dosing. The predicted serum testosterone trough is around 480 ng/dL.

Subjective results continue to be good; the restoration of libido persists, along with the other correlations mentioned last month.

It appears that there was minimal, if any, loss of potency in the gonadorelin solutions that were frozen for some months and then thawed, refrigerated, and used for a month.
 

Joe Sixpack

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4. Improved mental clarity; confounding factors include higher dietary protein and some dopamine system tinkering
I am always interested in anything that can enhance mental clarity and motivation. Have you stumbled upon anything useful in your dopamine tinkering?

I have had some limited success with L-Tyrosine, a product called "a...Drenal", and the green strain of kratom. a...Drenal is a mixture of adrenal adaptogens like rhodiola, cordyceps, ashawagonda as well as bovine adrenal tissue. These supps give me a moderate boost to mental clarity and motivation. Caffeine works OK but I metabolize it too quickly and I feel run down within 1-2 hours after taking it.

I've tried DMAE and a product called DopaBean (Mucuna pruriens). These products did not suit me very well. They feel pretty good while active but not so good after they metabolize.
 

madman

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I am always interested in anything that can enhance mental clarity and motivation. Have you stumbled upon anything useful in your dopamine tinkering?

I have had some limited success with L-Tyrosine, a product called "a...Drenal", and the green strain of kratom. a...Drenal is a mixture of adrenal adaptogens like rhodiola, cordyceps, ashawagonda as well as bovine adrenal tissue. These supps give me a moderate boost to mental clarity and motivation. Caffeine works OK but I metabolize it too quickly and I feel run down within 1-2 hours after taking it.

I've tried DMAE and a product called DopaBean (Mucuna pruriens). These products did not suit me very well. They feel pretty good while active but not so good after they metabolize.

Have been using Acetyl-L-Carnitine 2 grams twice daily great pre-workout and to amp yourself up in the am.

Buy in bulk powder.

Has numerous health benefits.



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Joe Sixpack

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Cataceous

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I am always interested in anything that can enhance mental clarity and motivation. Have you stumbled upon anything useful in your dopamine tinkering?
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I think the improved cognition better correlates with the GnRH use. However, I have been trying low doses of selegiline (L-deprenyl). Here's a cheerleading article, but it's always good to balance those with the Wiki article to learn about potential negatives.
 

Cataceous

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Thank you Cat. One last thing. Has your new-ish protocol done anything for your sleep?
Not much difference there, though I think I've mentioned that the progesterone supplementation I started last year adds basically a solid hour to quality sleep. Diphenhydramine or doxylamine are both really effective for me, but I'm trying to get away from them due to concerns about long-term anti-cholinergic activity. A doctor on here (@mmmcgill) put hydroxyzine on my radar. I was intrigued that Wiki's sources say it has minimal anti-cholinergic activity. However, on many lists of anti-cholinergics one finds that hydroxyzine is ranked alongside diphenhyramine as a potent anti-choliinergic. So I'm not sure what the truth is about this drug.
 

Cataceous

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One of those inexpensive home fertility tests suggests that this protocol is capable of maintaining or inducing fertility, with a sperm count of greater than 20 million per milliliter. The "T" line is faint, but present.
 

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Cataceous

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One thing that remains unclear is the importance of enclomiphene in this protocol. To explore this the enclomiphene was discontinued for four weeks. Simultaneously the TRT dose was reduced to the lowest level yet: 2.8 mg testosterone enanthate and 2.1 mg testosterone propionate daily. This is equivalent to taking a mere 38 mg testosterone cypionate per week. The 3.8 mg pure testosterone per day is even on the low side for natural men, who are said to make 3-9 mg per day. Quantitatively, LH and FSH both dropped about 30% by the end of the trial from their previous levels around 2 mIU/mL. Peak total testosterone was 525 ng/dL, somewhat lower than the predicted 600. Peak estradiol was 25 pg/mL, right at the predicted level. The subjective results during this period were generally acceptable, with one significant exception. Libido, sexual function, drive, etc. all stayed reasonable, though with perhaps more variability than previously observed. Unexpectedly, the reason the trial was halted was due to the virtually unrelenting testicular discomfort. While testicular discomfort is not unusual during periods of increasing or decreasing gonadotropins, the greater intensity and fairly continuous nature were such that thoughts of waiting it out were discarded. This is unfortunate from a scientific standpoint, as it would have been useful to see if the gonadotropins continued to decline in the absence of the SERM. Alternatively, given the very low TRT dose, perhaps further reductions would have been minimal.

It's unclear why this particular transition would be especially bothersome to the testicles compared to something like starting TRT from scratch. In any case, resumption of 12.5 mg enclomiphene EOD was sufficient to rapidly resolve the issue. The TRT dose was bumped up slightly to 3.2 mg testosterone enanthate and 2.4 mg testosterone propionate daily. Although equivalent to taking only 44 mg testosterone cypionate per week, it's predicted to put daily peak serum testosterone close to 700 ng/dL.
 
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Willyt

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More practically, the TRT community needs to know whether or not less frequent GnRH injections can provide benefits beyond the production of gonadotropins. That is, if you're already taking hCG with your TRT then you wouldn't bother with the enclomiphene. Instead you'd just add gonadorelin to your daily or EOD injections. Will you feel better than without? It's uncertain, because one GnRH pulse a day is a long way from the natural 16 or so. But because six pulses a day seem to work, there's at least hope. Anybody wanting to experiment should of course do it under a doctor's supervision.
Reading through this again got me thinking about the possibility of substituting GnRH for HCG as I generally feel terrible the day after HCG injection regardless of dosage.

Have you experimented with a single GnRH dose per day? Doesn’t LH similarly pulse throughout the day and yet HCG is typically only dosed 2x per week?
 

Cataceous

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Reading through this again got me thinking about the possibility of substituting GnRH for HCG as I generally feel terrible the day after HCG injection regardless of dosage.

Have you experimented with a single GnRH dose per day? Doesn’t LH similarly pulse throughout the day and yet HCG is typically only dosed 2x per week?
I haven't tried less frequent dosing of GnRH. I'll speculate that a single daily dose could provide a little benefit through its stimulation of various receptors that are otherwise deprived while we're on TRT. However, I doubt this frequency is enough to sustain LH production, though I'd like to be wrong about this. The treatment would be a lot more accessible if it worked without multiple daily doses.

LH is indeed pulsed throughout the day, as in the data below. The half-life of LH is less than an hour, while the half-life of hCG is more like 36 hours. Thus I've speculated about why hCG is problematic: Suppose the peak level of LH is what's most important for various functions. Natural men have these narrows peaks and lots of time at lower baseline levels. Compared to LH levels, hCG levels will seem to be almost constant because they fall so slowly. Matching normal LH peaks with hCG means having relatively high levels of hCG all the time. I suspect this contributes to excessive aromatization and other problems that are associated with hCG.
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gerardo

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I haven't tried less frequent dosing of GnRH. I'll speculate that a single daily dose could provide a little benefit through its stimulation of various receptors that are otherwise deprived while we're on TRT. However, I doubt this frequency is enough to sustain LH production, though I'd like to be wrong about this. The treatment would be a lot more accessible if it worked without multiple daily doses.

LH is indeed pulsed throughout the day, as in the data below. The half-life of LH is less than an hour, while the half-life of hCG is more like 36 hours. Thus I've speculated about why hCG is problematic: Suppose the peak level of LH is what's most important for various functions. Natural men have these narrows peaks and lots of time at lower baseline levels. Compared to LH levels, hCG levels will seem to be almost constant because they fall so slowly. Matching normal LH peaks with hCG means having relatively high levels of hCG all the time. I suspect this contributes to excessive aromatization and other problems that are associated with hCG.
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What an incredible thing. Do Trt with the lowest possible dose and without blocking the HPA axis. What would the current proposal be like with the cypionate alone? Would you remove the HCG? And encomiflene could not be used to what extent?
 

Cataceous

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What an incredible thing. Do Trt with the lowest possible dose and without blocking the HPA axis. What would the current proposal be like with the cypionate alone? Would you remove the HCG? And encomiflene could not be used to what extent?
The protocol should still work when T cypionate is used instead of a combination that includes T propionate. However, if there are benefits in having diurnal variation in testosterone and estradiol then they are lost—because T cypionate produces pretty constant levels when injected frequently.

One of the benefits of this protocol is that it makes hCG unnecessary. This would hold regardless of the testosterone ester.

My guess is that enclomiphene would be more important with a long-lasting ester such as T cypionate. One would not have significant time each day with lower levels of estradiol, so the extra suppressive activity at the pituitary would need to be counteracted with the SERM.
 
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