The Reasons Why SARMs Are A Bad Idea If You Have Low Natural Testosterone Levels
I'm going to briefly break down why I think SARMs are a bad idea if you have low natural testosterone levels.
I often get asked by bodybuilders in their 40's to 50's who are looking into SARM experimentation what my recommendations are.
The first thing I always ask them is if they've had their bloodwork done to see where their testosterone levels are.
As you age and get into your 30's, your natural testosterone levels start to decline by as much as 1% per year.
You can imagine by the time you get into your 40's and 50's, you're already operating with very suboptimal endocrine function.
And as you get even older, it gets worse and worse.
Hormones and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) are some mitigating solutions, but are also a very misunderstood topic, especially in the medical community.
In general, physicians generally don't know what they're talking about when it comes to hormones optimization to be honest.
Which is why I suggest seeing an endocrinologist at least, and thoroughly educating yourself.
There are a lot of misinformed and uneducated doctors out there that are clueless when it comes to hormones and TRT.
Regardless if they have PHDs or not, 9/10 doctors that I have had experience with were completely inept in this subject.
Understanding TRT and Bloodwork
You need to know how hormones work and you need to know how to interpret your own bloodwork.
For guys who are likely operating with suppressed endocrine function to begin with, it is extremely important to see where your testosterone levels lie.
When you have low testosterone levels, you're already at risk for low testosterone side effects.
If you have low testosterone levels you can expect greater difficulty putting on muscle, burning fat, low libido, erectile dysfunction, brain fog, among a myriad of other unpleasant effects.
It is extremely well documented what the benefits of hormone optimization are for male vitality [R].
Let's just say you're already at risk of those negative effects, or you may already have those to some extent as a result of inhibited endocrine function.
When you introduce SARMs into the equation, they are going to suppress your natural testosterone levels even further.
At that point, you're dealing with a suppressed endocrine system being suppressed even further with SARMs, which just exacerbates the side effects that you initially had.
Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT) After A SARM Cycle
Once you finish a SARM cycle, you will very likely encounter a myriad of low testosterone-related side effects if you had baseline low natural testosterone levels.
As your natural Testosterone levels plummet even further, you have to PCT super aggressively to fully recover.
And once you recover, you're just recovering to those suboptimal levels that you were initially at.
To me, it's just a bad idea in general.
First of all, I would advise for you to see a doctor and get your bloodwork checked for total testosterone and free testosterone.
Make sure you get a copy of those results so you can interpret it yourself, instead of leaving it up to your general doctor who will likely tell you that you are healthy even if your levels are on the very low end of the reference range.
You need to physically see your bloodwork with your own eyes and make an educated assessment if jumping on a SARM cycle is worth it to you or not.
Hypothetically, even if your testosterone levels come back and you're at the low end of the reference range, there is a strong possibility that you could experience low testosterone side effects for the majority of your SARM cycle.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) After A SARM Cycle
If you think you're a candidate for TRT and try to go that route, then you'd be operating with a “test base,” as the guys in the community call it.
A test base is essentially just exogenous hormone support intended to prevent low testosterone and low estrogen side effects for the entirety of your SARM cycles.
If you are on TRT for life, you do not need a PCT.
Young Bodybuilders Vs. Older Bodybuilders Using SARMs
Don't haphazardly jump into a SARMs cycle without understanding how it's going to affect your individual body chemistry relative to your age.
Young bodybuilders can typically take a mildly suppressive SARMs cycle like a moderate dosage of Ostarine or S4 and notice next to no side effects because they're already operating with endogenous testosterone levels on the high end of the reference range.
Even if their testosterone levels are suppressed to low-normal, or normal levels, when they take their PCT, they'll recover back to their baseline high level of function and may never experience side effects to begin with.
But when you're an older guy, cycling SARMs is a bad idea in most cases if you already have low natural testosterone levels if you are not on TRT.
Further suppressing your endocrine system when it has already severely downregulated can be a recipe for disaster if you do not have exogenous hormone support for Estradiol aromatization, and to fulfill the deficit of androgens induced via HPTA suppression.
Even outside of the realm of SARMs usage, you should already be looking into how you could possibly benefit, or if you would benefit at all from hormone replacement.
After taking that into account, you still need to have a complete understanding of what SARMs could potentially do to your body based on your own current individual bloodwork, age, and your genetic propensity to side effects.
Be smart, be safe.
If you're dead set on experimentation, I highly recommend that you buy SARMs from a credible company that has thoroughly third party tested their products and has a track record of pure and accurately dosed products.