Well I overdid it on Arimidex and broke my dick. Oops! I read so much about all of this stuff before I started my first steroid cycle. I spent 12 months researching and thought I had everything figured out. It’s funny, how I found ZERO information about overdoing it on an Aromatase inhibitor, until it was too late! FML.
The conventional wisdom on a first Test E cycle – well the conventional wisdom NOW, because it’s always evolving and changing – is to run 500mg of Test E a week, pinned twice a week. Run 500 iu of HCG a week, and run .5mg of arimidex every other day (EOD) or similar AI, so you don’t convert too much testosterone to estrogen and wind up growing boobs.
This has NOT always been the conventional wisdom. Back in the golden era of bodybuilding in the 70’s when Arnold built his legendary physique, they didn’t even have aromatase inhibitors! And in fact high estrogen concerns was likely THE limiting factor in anabolic doses. Most guys from that era couldn’t run a gram of Test/week because too much of it would convert to Estrogen and they’d grow tits.
I’ve never read an article to this effect, but I would wager it was also the limiting factor in the LENGTH of the cycle. Because estrogen would build up over time, so you essentially had to stop and get off gear before you grew tits.
There are of course many negative sides to high E, I just say grow tits, because gynocemastia is the most well known and feared side. I don’t know about you, but I can deal with some pretty bad bacne if I have to. But I’d rather not wear a bra.
So high E is bad. You don’t want to wind up a moody, overly emotional MAN, crying for no reason like… well. Like a woman! Ha! You don’t want to grow boobs. So that’s the conventional wisdom is to take an AI from day 1 of your cycle, and that’s what I did.
But what is less known is that as a man, the ideal amount of estrogen isn’t zero. You actually need SOME estrogen. And too low E also has some nasty sides.
When I started my cycle, I felt…. not much for the first 3-4 weeks. Then around week 5 I felt stronger, wanting to lift ALL the time, wanting to lift on my rest days (I didn’t but the desire was there) and I got really horny. One day I even went home from work on my lunch-break to ‘take care of myself’ because I couldn’t concentrate at work.
But then it tapered off. And then I wasn’t horny. And then I brought home a girl from the bar and couldn’t keep it up! I GOT it up to start the sex, but it wouldn’t stay hard and I didn’t finish.
Guys don’t like to talk about this stuff, because they feel like less of a man, admitting their dick wouldn’t stay hard, but I’ll talk about it, because I know it has nothing to do with being less of a man/more of a man. It’s ALL CHEMICAL.
Sure ED can be emotional, or an issue of bloodflow, or arousal (stop bringing home questionable strange!) but in this case, if you’re on cycle and something changes with your dick it’s 100% hormonal. Don’t panic, don’t have a meltdown, put on your Sherlock Holmes cap and start investigating.
The main sides of Low E for a man, (previously unknown to me) are achy joints, and LOW libido and erection problems. But really TRICKY libido problems. You’ll still get crazy boners at night and morning when you wake up, but when it comes time for sex, no wood, or fading wood.
It gets even more complicated because you can get the same libido / broken dick issues from HIGH E! …damned if you do, damned if you don’t. So you don’t want to crush it into oblivion, and you don’t want to let it rise out of control. You want to MANAGE it. And it’s a lot trickier than you’d think.
I’m lucky in that I noticed this in the earlier stages. My issue was I could get hard, but I couldn’t STAY hard. And I could still finish with my floppy weenie. If you really flatline your estrogen, you can’t finish, and then the stage after that is you can’t even GET hard.
So I laid off the a-dex for 4 days, and then came back on at .25mg/ EOD. I kept ‘testing the waters’ once a day with masturbating, and on the 3rd and 4th day I had awesome boners.
So you don’t have to stop a-dex for very long for estrogen to climb right back up if you’ve crushed it. If I had laid off a-dex for a week, it’s very possible I would have shot right past the sweet spot and had ED problems from too HIGH E. I’m telling you this part is a BITCH to get right. The rest of steroid dosing is EASY compared to this.
If I had to do it all over again I would have not used an AI unless I needed one. So I’d have it “just in case”. Arimidex is INCREDIBLY powerful. We’re talking a quarter of a MILLIGRAM! Every other day! And that’s enough to knock E down.
.5mg EOD knocked it too low, but not immediately. It took a couple weeks. So that’s just a LITTLE too much. Everybody is different with this one. You may need more/less. I’m hoping I finally got it right.
I think if you’re going to do a higher dose cycle, like 1gram of Test/week, then run more adex. But at 500mg of Test E a week .25mg/EOD seems to be about right. The most recent info on the forums will tell you the same.