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Adults who are first-timers to the use of TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) are often unfamiliar with the terminology that is commonly used by both the doctors who prescribe this treatment and patients who use it. So there is nothing to be embarrassed about in not knowing what a testosterone therapy cycle is, or what terms such as PCT stand for. At Nexel Medical, we always encourage adults who want to gain a better understanding of TRT to contact us with any of their questions so that we can provide them with medically and factually accurate answers.
Being correctly informed about the treatment of Low T is the best preparation that anyone can have before undertaking a program of hormone replacement therapy that will most likely continue for the remainder of your adult life. People can, and have, discontinued their use of this form of medical treatment and returned to a condition of testosterone deficiency and its associated symptoms. But however long or short your use of TRT turns out to be, you will want to understand its basic components; and knowing what the term cycle refer to, and what acronyms such as PCT (post cycle therapy) essential.
So at Nexel Medical, our doctors and clinical advisors are never too busy to explain how a typical testosterone cypionate cycle works. A TRT program is comprised of cycles during which medically prescribed treatments are used, followed by a period of time during which either no treatment is used or only PCT is used. The purpose of any patient’s prescribed cycle is to progressively restore their testosterone levels to their personal optimal range. When that has been achieved by the end of their cycle, some form of PCT is often used to help maintain healthy levels and encourage the body to naturally produce testosterone. Eventually and inevitably, a patient’s male hormone levels will decline to below the optimal range and a new cycle of treatment will be instituted under medical supervision.
Dosage determination is one of the most complex aspects of TRT and doctors rely on the results of a patient’s ongoing blood testing along with an assessment of their symptoms relief and other physiological parameters in prescribing their appropriate dosage. For many patients, a typical testosterone cypionate cycle dosage would be between 200 and 400 mg per month. However, all first-time users need to bear in mind that Low T therapy programs are individually prescribed to respond to individual requirements for treatment; this means that medically determined dosages can and will vary. It is never just a “one and done” situation.
Hormonal balance is both one of the most influential functions performed by our bodies, as well as being one of the most impactful on our overall health and wellbeing when a significant imbalance has developed. The restoring of a patient’s testosterone levels to what have been clinically indicated as the most advantageous for that patient requires a specified period of time (such as a treatment cycle) during which their treatment’s progress can be tracked and assessed; a familiarity with their present condition of wellness; and specific medical knowledge of how much improvement in symptoms that any particular patient can be expected to achieve based on their individual health factors.
As in the use of all prescription medications and therapies, TRT doctors know that each patient is going to respond uniquely to their Low T treatment regimen. Thus, it is entirely possible that the dosage of a patient’s initial testosterone cypionate cycle could be adjusted in subsequent cycles of treatment. And this certainly illustrates why ongoing medical supervision is so critical to the effective and safe ongoing use of male hormone replacement therapy. Adults who go off on their own by illegally purchasing and using injectable testosterone, whether it is the cypionate form or some other form, are extremely susceptible to either using too little or too much when they dose themselves.
In addition to being illegal, it is also medically irresponsible to use TRT explicitly for the purpose of enhancing athletic performance or to enhance bodybuilding efforts. Yet judging by the numerous websites devoted to exactly these two purposes, it is obviously being done despite the inherent health risks it presents. Nexel Medical does not prescribe TRT to adult patients for these purposes; our doctors prescribe controlled pharmaceutical substances such as testosterone cypionate exclusively for the purpose of medically correcting the condition of symptomatic male hormone deficiency (commonly called Low T) in adult patients.
The medical gains that have been produced by a legitimate patient’s testosterone cypionate cycle are far more comprehensive than the gains that athletes and bodybuilders are after. Many of the health gains associated with TRT are known by doctors because of the years of medical research and clinical trials that have demonstrated the health benefits that are produced by male hormone replacement in general; other benefits have to be evaluated individually for each patient. But in all instances, the gains and benefits that have been clinically established as coming from TRT use only pertain to its medically appropriate and responsible use.
Testosterone cypionate is popular among US doctors as well as US athletes and bodybuilders for the same reason: Its effectiveness. However, that is where any similarity between medical use and illegal use ends. The illegal and usually excessive use of any form of injectable testosterone is focused on one goal, muscle enhancement. The medical use is also focused on one goal – the revitalization of health and fitness through hormonal balance. But this goal encompasses many of your body’s biological functions that are essential to keeping you energetic, sexually passionate, strong, mentally sharp, and physically fit.
So our TRT doctors at Nexel Medical measure the gains that our patients have achieved during their testosterone cypionate cycle by the amount of improvement that they have experienced in their Low T symptoms. We believe that every adult male patient we treat has the potential to make gains such as:
These are all measurable benefits that our doctors evaluate in determining each patient’s correct dosage; correct cycle; recommendations for PCT; and ideal range for sustaining their testosterone blood levels. So as you can see, there is much more to the medical advantages of using TRT than simply increasing your muscles.
In all likelihood, your first testosterone cypionate cycle will represent the period of treatment during which you experience the most dramatic change in your Low T symptoms, especially if they have progressively become more and more chronic. This would indicate that that your testosterone levels have been clinically deficient for possibly years. So the improvements you gain from TRT can be much more noticeable to you. After the completion of your first cycle, the goal of your therapy becomes focused on allowing you to maintain the testosterone levels that have managed to greatly reduce or even completely eliminate your previous symptoms.
There might be some fluctuations in gains between cycles that patients can experience; but these can often be minimized through the use of post cycle therapy. The primary medical purpose of PCT is to stimulate your body to naturally produce testosterone during the period when it is not being supplemented by your cycles of treatment. The way in which this works is that the post-cycle phase of treatment that your doctor recommends will be intended to reactivate your pituitary gland’s release of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone), which then encourages the testicles to produce testosterone. Predicting exactly how the gains of any particular testosterone cypionate cycle will be experienced each time by every patient would be impossible; but experienced TRT doctors understand what patients are most likely to experience. They also understand how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks for having side effects develop either during or after a patient’s treatment cycle.
The take-away for all adults who are going to be a first-time user of medically prescribed and supervised Low T therapy is this: Find doctors whose level of knowledge and experience in testosterone replacement therapy provides you with total confidence in their professional abilities. You will find doctors who have this level of expertise in all aspects of TRT at Nexel Medical; and you will also find the level of compassionate support that lets you know that you have made the right choice.
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