How To Offset The Suppression/Shutdown From S23
There seems to be a big misconception in the community about what suppression and shutdown actually are, so I felt a quick article on it was warranted.
Offsetting Or Stopping Suppression/Shutdown
To clarify, suppression and shutdown aren’t something you can “offset” or stop from occurring.
Suppression and shutdown occur because an exogenous substance has entered your system, and the pituitary gland has reacted by producing less Luteinizing hormone (LH).
LH is what stimulates the testes to produce Testosterone.
The extent to which LH production is inhibited is dependent on how suppressive the exogenous hormone is that you are introducing into your system, as well as the dose of it, and the duration of its’ use (more or less).
For example, Ostarine can drop LH levels by about 10-20%; meanwhile Steroids can essentially inhibit any LH from being produced at all (almost 100% drop in LH).
So, if you are introducing S23 into your system, which is the most suppressive SARM there currently is, you can certainly expect your LH to drop significantly, and in turn lower your natural testosterone levels significantly for the duration of your cycle (until you PCT of course).
In the study done on S23, after only 14 days there was a greater than 50% drop in LH levels.
You Can’t Stop Suppression From Occurring
The take away message from this article is that it is irrelevant if you are on test boosters, or doing anything that could naturally boost your test levels, as something as powerful as S23, or anything very suppressive for that matter, will suppress your LH severely regardless if you are trying to fight against it or not.
When you inject exogenous Testosterone, your body recognizes that there is an exogenous source of Testosterone being introduced to it, and in turn will result in the pituitary gland producing a lot less LH.
This is the body’s natural response to adapt to the fact that it has an already sufficient amount of Testosterone circulating from the exogenous source, so it no longer has a need to produce it naturally, and consequently shuts down its’ production until that exogenous compound’s use has been discontinued.
Another common question I have been asked about recently is regarding using Testosterone as a base for S23 to offset the suppression it causes.
To be clear, administering synthetic Testosterone DOES NOT offset suppression; it will simply offset the side effects you would experience from low Testosterone levels.
When you inject Testosterone, your body recognizes that exogenous dose of Test and will shutdown LH production, and in turn the natural production of Testosterone until that synthetic Testosterone is discontinued and has completely made its’ way out of your body.
So, the point of a Test base is to keep your physiological functions that are fulfilled by Testosterone in top form while the S23 is in your system, and then once you discontinue the S23 and Testosterone you can PCT and recover full endocrine function without any lag time in your quality of life.
To be clear though, both S23 and Testosterone will greatly suppress you, and shut you down, regardless if the synthetic Testosterone is keeping your functions at a high level, your natural production is in fact shut down for whatever duration of time that synthetic source of exogenous hormones is in your system.
You can take as many test boosters as you want on cycle, and it will do nothing to keep your natural production going, it is an inevitable fact that your natural production will be shutdown when exogenous Testosterone is in your system, and highly suppressed or completely shutdown even if you were just on S23 on its’ own.
Does that mean that S23 can’t be run without a test base?
No it doesn’t, but it isn’t something I would recommend as you are just putting yourself in a very compromised position where you could very likely have to deal with low T side effects for a large portion of your S23 cycle, and the recovery of those compromised functions won’t occur until your cycle is done and you can properly PCT.
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