Quick Recovery After a Cycle of Steroids Or Prohormones Like Methyl 1-D

May 5, 2018


Ok, so one of the common joked about side effects of anabolic steroid use is the classic “little penis” syndrome, where your penis supposedly shrinks up and gets smaller. We see this used all the time in everything from movies to sitcoms. Does this “joke” have any basis in reality or is it just another popular misconception about anabolic steroid use?

In fact like any popular reference, there is a hint of truth to this myth, but it isn’t at all about the size of your penis, in fact has to do with the testicles. The testicles are responsible for producing the majority of a mans testosterone, therefore when the body senses more than enough testosterone being available (or testosterone analogs like anabolic steroids) in the hypothalamus, it works on a messenger system that controls the entire testosterone releasing process. This process involves the hypothalamus sending a messenger to the pituitary gland which then releases the chemical messengers follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), collectively known as gonadotropins. These then make their way to the testicles and in turn increase sperm production and testosterone production respectively. Now, when a person takes higher than normal levels of androgens like anabolic steroids, the hypothalamus, sensing there is enough “testosterone” like androgens in the body, reduces these hormones and there for effectively shuts off the testes from making it’s own testosterone. The testes left in this state for 2-12 weeks, will naturally shrink from 10-40% to conserve themselves. Actually, there are studies showing that this “shut down” is not damaging, it actually prolongs the life of the testes and increases their functional life. The “shrinking effect” however is what propagated the myth.

If shrinking is inevitable on a cycle of steroids, what can we do to reverse this as quickly as possible after a cycle of steroids? Popular belief uses anything from time, which we know works, to herbal agents like tribulus, to over the counter testosterone boosters like Formadrol or even prescription breast cancers drugs like Tamoxifen Citrate! These agents are all meant to boost the stimulation of LH and FSH by reducing estrogen.

The hypothalamus is also sensitive to estrogen, which means if it senses a shortage of estrogen, it will also stimulate testosterone production! That is correct, the body’s entire estrogen store is made from testosterone via aromatase. Aromatase is simply an enzyme that converts testosterone and androstenedione to estrogen’s like estradiol and estrone. By blocking this conversion we can “fool” the body into producing more testosterone with its ultimate goal being to boost estrogen. Estrogen governs many biological processes and is essential for proper life. Too much is bad, but you do need some to function at your peak. Prescription drugs like Arimidex and Letrozole have been used by bodybuilders to reduce the testosterone to estrogen conversion. There are natural agents that have similar properties and strengths like 2-Phenyl-Di-Benzyl-Benzopyran-4-One and 3-Beta-Hydroxy-Urs-12-En-28-Oic Acid, both which have been shown in preliminary studies to prevent this conversion.

Prohormones have a similar possible “shut down” effect when taken and it’s also advantageous to use one of these agents after a cycle of prohormones as well. Popular prohormones like 4-AD from Advanced Muscle Sciences and Methyl 1-D from LG Sciences, may also have this health promoting shut down effect. Time will certainly kick start the testes and bring them to normal levels, but the bodybuilder may want to accelerate that process in a similar way to steroid users.

Another way to trick the body is to block estrogen at the receptor level. Prescription drugs like Tamoxifen and Clomiphene are used by underground steroid users to stop the effects of estrogen. These drugs, called competitive antagonists get in the way and take the place of estrogen, yet don’t have the same level of activity, so they “block” the estrogen at the receptor. This approach seems to have a much better effect for bodybuilders coming immediately off cycle, since there is no natural testosterone to convert immediately post cycle. Luckily, natural agents are available that mimic the effects of these prescription drugs. Two popular ones are Resveratrol and Ellagic Acid. Both of these can act like Tamoxifen in preliminary studies, making them ideal immediately post cycle.

The only product I’ve found that has both the aromatase inhibitor and competitive antagonists in a natural supplement is LG Science’s Formadrol (called Forma-D on bodybuilding.com). It should be able to give your boys a nice bounce whether you use prescription products like illegal anabolic steroids or prohormones/prosteroids like Methyl 1-D (M1D).

It’s always best to discuss anything like this with your doctor and weigh the pros and cons of hormone use.

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  • Molly May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I want to fully invest, but I'm afraid my daily stressors may make it quite difficult. I homeschool my 4 kids, cook all our food bc my son has celiac disease and we have to eat all gluten free foods, and I only get alone time if I get up at 5:30. What is your suggestion? I can't not try.

  • Lesley Candlish May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Your the first person that talks sense and I am considering recovery thank you xxx

  • Fuzzle Wuzzle May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Your cat is so cute😻😻😻

  • Abigail Xu May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Thank you! This helps so much! I just felt so terrible and right better, I will keep going

  • Vendula Stránská May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Hello Elisa! Very helpfull video!<3 i am in recovery for a month and i have to say that i feel so much happier than before. Of course i got some bad days and monsters in my head. I got a question, do you think that 15 lbs in a first month is too much? I dont know, but i wanted to eat so much food that i have been district myself for almost 10 months,i am soo hungry all the time. I dont want to vitiate something again. Thank youuu 🙂

  • Yukti Gopal May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    You look so much like Olivia Wilde! It's crazy! Haha

  • Wera Michel May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    ELISA I HAVE AN IMPORTANT QUESTION. Ive been in recovery since 2/3 months now and i come from being underweight and restricting my caloric intake. Now Ive gained weight, but i feel so flabby and bloated. But my question is – because in the first month of recovery i had normal metabolism, ive been to bathroom after every single meal and now after 2/3 months im more constipied than ive been at the begging of my recovery and it really confuses me. I do eat reguraly, im 20 years old student. And I wonder if its a sign that im fully recovered or weight restored but it doesnt make sense since I know good metabolism is a sign of recovery. So why did I have it at the beggining and now after 2/3 months I dont? And also at my lowest when I started recovery i was 43 kilos at 163 cm now im probably 50/51 at 163 and all that weight came so suddenly. Please Elisa my constipation problem is real and I feel like no one will answer it better than you. Thank you for your time…

  • nefyd May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Ha ha – your lovely kitty having a mega wash in the background … 🙂

  • Isabella Rose May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    This is so helpful,thank you. I think it's so hard when a part of you still resists recovery out of those fears. Then you are battling with yourself feeling weak for eating one day then another day feeling strong for eating. It's such a mental conflict.

  • Faye L. May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Thank you. I really needed this right now. ♡♡

  • Alessia W. May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Hello Elisa, I really appreciate how much effort and love you are putting into your videos! I hope you can help me. I only had an anorexic phase for about 4 Months ore maybe a bit longer. I restricted my calories to about 600 a day sometimes a bit more or less. I'm in recovery for almost one year now and I still haven't got my period back (I am 15). I didn't had any professional help, but I went to my doctor because of the period thing. She told me to go to acupuncture but that didn't work. I exercise regularly and also at  school. I don't know what to do anymore. I can't stop binging and I have almost gained all of the weight I had lost (about 10kg) back and I am at a BMI of almost 22! I feel terrible. I only had kind of an ED (I don't ever know if it was a real one?)  for such a short time and now I'm still not normal! In the past few days I was so close to a relapse and I wanted to restrict my calories so badly. What should I do? Will I ever be abel to stop eating when I'm full and not think about food and will my weight go back? It would be so nice if you could answer me. Lots of love <3

  • Maren Gray May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    This video came at just the right time!! I so needed to hear this!!! I love your videos!!! U are helping me so much! Treatment didnt work!!! Thank you!!

  • Julissa Valdovinos May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I have been recovering for myself for 4 months now but for me it was quiet different because at first when I wanted to recover I did research and I guess I recovered mentally because I knew I was deadly underweight but the next step was to recover with food so now I am eating and on my journey of gaining.much love your videos have helped me a lot no words can explain❤️

  • Carrie Domitin May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Congratulations on 5000 subscribers, Elisa! You deserve it and I am happy to see you reaching more and more people with your excellent advice. You have helped me so much throughout my recovery! 💜💜💜

  • Michelle P. Sandner May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    thank you for your videos! love them.

  • Kuro Sparda May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    i was never anorexy, i starved for real, i follow your tips to try to fix my godamned metabolism., plus i cant eat much at all else i put on at least 2kg or 8kg per day…eating barely much besides salads and 2 spoons of rice, ridiculous but thats my fucked up metabolism. i starved way too many times in life. I wish i could eat normal and not get back to 90kg eating properly cuz i will and i dont stop until i nearly starve myself, fucked up bodyof mine….before the times i started starving, my body was never like this…if you can share how to fix metabolism please do, do share all you know…

  • Stephanie V May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I am doing it! I have been watching your videos for a month but I never took the jump until this week. I can't even explain, I watched all your videos and was convinced that you were right, you know I got it, that I needed to do exactly as you said & let go of my ed but I was too scared… I've been eating well for only a couple of days, I've been fighting against those voices and actually EATING my God, and I feel so good… Anyways, just Thank you, thank you so much… Love you <3

  • Arielle Milla May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    i was waiting for your next video <3 thank you , as always you're marvelous …

  • L J May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Great video!
    I've been recovering on my own for 22 months now. It has been very difficult at times, but the things that helped me are:
    * If I'm having a bad day, I remind myself of all the positive things that have changed because of my recovery (for me: feeling stronger, an improved mood, improved self-esteem, less anxiety, thicker hair, etc.)
    * I regularly try new foods instead of sticking to the same.
    * I tell myself that relapsing is not an option, and refuse to think too much about what it would be like to start starving myself again. In the beginning of my recovery, it was very helpful for me to think: "In the end, I'll either recover from my eating disorder or I'll die from it. I do want to live, and it's better to recover sooner than later, so I will recover right now and I'm going to give recovery my everything."

  • Follow the Intuition May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    and by the way…thank you for 5000 subs!!! :)) <3

  • Khaddy Phiebi May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    i think you're description of how to do it, and to get full recovery is working for everyone…, also if someone is not just recovering on their own. i´m in recovery too, and i needed this video right now a lot 🙂 thanks very much <3 you know, i told my doctors about this community on the internet, and all of them have said that that's very very good; they think also, that seeking the recovery is very good, and the internet can help a lot, because out there are so many people who suffer from the same and can give support… 🙂 (sry for my bad english…)

  • Follow the Intuition May 5, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Hope you like this video! what has helped you recover on your own?

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