Off Cycle Package 2
- Free Testosterone
Problems when you stop using anabolic steroids
Most of the problems you encounter when stopping taking anabolic steroids are related to an incomplete recovery of testosterone production in your body. You only know if you have recovered from a course when your testosterone is at the same level as before your (first) course. It takes between four months and a year for your testosterone to fully recover. In this period it is useful to measure your testosterone level at least once.
Testosterone alone doesn't tell you much. The reference values are no indication of what is healthy for your age. And when your testosterone is lower, you don't know why. That is why it is important to also measure the control hormones LH and FSH. This way you know whether a lowered testosterone level is caused by insufficient control by the pituitary gland or by insufficient sensitivity in the leydig cells of your testicles.
By measuring oestradiol you can assess whether it inhibits your testosterone production. You also need sufficient oestradiol for a healthy libido and oestradiol protects you against heart and vascular diseases. Since testosterone is the raw material for oestradiol, both values are related.
With SHBG and Albumin you can calculate free testosterone. This calculation is much more accurate than the free androgen index. A lowered testosterone level can be compensated by your body by lowering SHBG, so the free testosterone is in the normal range. You will only know this by measuring all relevant values.