viveutvivas saidI am not against TRT. I know it has lots of well documented benefits for guys who need it.
I also don't have any moral problem with steroid use. However, pretending that steroid use is risk-free is either ignorant or dishonest. ASIH is a well-known risk, and there are others.
Actually, it's a desired effect for birth control, and, to be expected. Note that it's also transitory. We see lots of guys who have taken large doses of AAS for years, and go on to father children after being off for just a few weeks. Any good doctor (all of my male doctors take test themselves) will know this already. This is well documented, and expected. Your dick gets bigger, and your balls get smaller (they aren't being used) with exogenous test. Like pot, or sex, misinformation campaigns, folks use scare tactics, that are completely out of touch with reality.
Comparatively speaking, you are at a MUCH HIGHER risk using statin drugs, acetaminophen, or being over-weight, that taking a bucket of juice. That's also been studied extensively, and it's well known that competitive and pro bodybuilders have lower mortality than other folks.
It's important to be honest. Nothing we do is without risk. (E.g. carpal tunnel, and eye strain from typing this message.) However, being honest about that risk is what's important. You are at MUCH higher risk being obese, or smoking, than being juiced to the gills.
I've been lifting for 34 years, and I weigh between 205 and 215 on any given day. As of my full cardio workup in October, I'm considered at ZERO risk of a heart attack or stroke. My heart is stronger, can pump faster, and harder, with greater volume, than most folks. Think Lance Armstrong in a smaller package (not really). Lance's heart delivers THREE times normal volume on each stroke and one factor that helps him win races. My PSA is a 0.4 and my cholesterol runs between 130 and 160. For many years, my cholesterol rarely went over 130. I don't take any meds other than ibuprofen and some Benadryl.
The benefits of testosterone in the lives of middle aged and elderly men are numerous, and much safer than bp meds, statins, anti-depressants, and so on. I've spoken, at length, with pros in medicine, and their biggest fear isn't doing the patient harm, but of the DEA meddling in their practice of medicine.
Several times, I've heard some amazing stories from doctors with regard to test. Just about 3 weeks ago I was in the local E.R. taking care of Logan, and the firemen there were huge. LOL. (Just the sort of person I would want dragging me out of harm's way.)
There's always cause and effect in your body. You eat too much; you get fat. You eat too little; you get skinny. If you have the gene for baldness and you get some DHT, you get bald faster. There are always trade offs. The number one thing we need to maintain in our discussion is perspective. Is smoking really, really, bad? Fuck yes. Is being a fat ass about the worst thing you can do for you long term health? Yes, it really is. Will taking a bit of juice mess you up? Science doesn't bear that out.
When I'm in contest shape, I can hold my heart rate at 190 for 20 minutes. My max heart rate for 49 years old is 171. After my sonogram, the cardiologist said "no need for a stress test, Chuck." I routinely hold my heart rate at 140 to 150 for extend periods of time. (Logan has had some requirements of my time, so I haven't been doing as much as I used to, but, I still do it.)