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SARMs Are A Bad Idea If You Have Low Natural Testosterone Levels

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.

The first thing I'd suggest for anybody in their late 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, however old you are, is to get bloodwork done before starting a SARMs cycle.

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.

older bodybuilder on SARMs holding a medicine ball

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.

Don't do reckless things to your body without looking into it thoroughly and understanding the mechanism of action behind these compounds before you start throwing back things like RAD140, S23, etc.

Where To Buy SARMs

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.

These Are My Current Trusted/Go To Companies For Third Party Tested 99%+ Pure SARMs:

Science.bio – 10% off coupon code “DC10”

Chemyo – 10% off coupon code “DC10”

Amino Asylum – 20% off coupon code “DC20”

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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is intended for entertainment and informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to buying anything, check that it is compliant where you live with your current government laws.

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12 thoughts on “SARMs Are A Bad Idea If You Have Low Natural Testosterone Levels”

  1. I am 30 years old and 4 weeks into an osta cycle. As far as I know I have never had any issues with low t. Should I worry about taking sarms? Should I just avoid multiple compounds at once as not to get too suppressed? I plan on researching a multi sarm cycle for my next bulk (osta, rad/lgd) What do you think? I am going to do blood work after I finish this cycle and pct but that will be in several months.

    1. You should worry about whatever exogenous hormones you’re putting in your body. I think you need to get baseline blood work to see where you’re at after your PCT phase following this one.

  2. Yes they absolutely are a bad idea!! I’m a 48 yr male, my T levels have been on the low end for several years though my free T is in good shape, I should point out I’ve never ran steroids in the past either.

    I’ve found I’m OK if stick to just one compound and don’t run it for longer than 8 weeks. I rather stupidly ran them both together for 12 weeks 2 years ago and nearly got shutdown completely towards the end, but the gains I made were more than worth it.

    I can only use MK-2866 or S4, LGD-4033 shuts me down real quick, within a week!
    I’m now on TRT (TestoGel) for the low T issue, but I still stick to the one compound / 8 week protocol combined with the extra T I’m getting more than enough PED’s a guy my age needs 🙂

    1. A 56 year old male I’ve been running S4, LGD, GW and MK677 for 3 cycles followed by PCT and I’m more than delighted with results I’ve never been able to achieve before just by lifting. My strength has gone through the roof (for me) and my chest to waist drop (the difference between the two measurements) has increased from 6 to 12 inches so that a standard mens’ suit no longer fits unless it’s a muscle fit or has been tailored. Old colleagues have commented and yesterday I was told that my wife was a lucky woman. I’m no Superman; I’m nearly 60, but I feel and look great and walk tall and with an extra spring in my step. For me SARMS are a welcome miracle.

    1. There aren’t any other options.
      If you’re overweight, are on certain medications, have a poor diet, drink too much booze and don’t exercise then all of those should be fixed. But if you’ve got all that sorted and you still have low T then you either live with it or seek medical help.

      No “test boosters” will do anything meaningful.

  3. Hi Derek,

    Great article wonder i you could help.

    Im 29 and my bloods come back with a massive prolactin spike (1327 miul – range is 86-324)

    Total test about 420 and free test 0.3 nmo/l (range 0.2 to 0.62).

    Does my prolactin spike cause lower test readings?
    I have great sex drive and progress easily in the gym so I’m confused as to how I can have such a low test/total test.

    Doc said stress can cause a prolactin spike.

    Should I be ok to start an ostarine cycle?

  4. I am 46. Last labs 2 months ago. My total testosterone is 1211. But, my free T is only 10.
    SHBG-was 101
    Estradiol has ranged from 20-31
    All other values are normal with exception of prolactin, which was 19.8

    So, I’m in a weird spot. That I am struggling for good advice with. My total T is out of range in the high end. But, my Free T is basically nothing.

    I started RAD-140 at only 10mg a day two weeks ago. I feel fine, I’m worried about estrogenic side’s especially Gyno with the high prolactin. Not sure if or how those are related.

    Im not opposed to TRT. I’m just not finding a Dr that will prescribe it, with my high total. And, I am fully aware of avenues to obtain without a dr. But, I’m really wanting help and advice managing Estrogen, etc. rather than just winging it.

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