Elevated levels of estrogen in a mans body can come from an “estrogen rebound” when coming off a cycle of steroids or even some supplements.
When you're on something that raises testosterone (either synthetically or through a precursor means of increased testosterone levels) estrogen can rise up as well.
It may not rise up respectively to the increased hormone, but it CAN rise up beyond normal range.
Much of this depends on what you have taken, how much, and how your body reacts to the compound(s).
Estrogen can also become elevated even if you're taking nothing, but your natural testosterone levels are dropping.
The final way estrogen can rise up is when you come off a cycle of steroids and/or certain supplements and test levels drop and estrogen “rebounds.”
This means that test levels drop and estrogen rises quickly.
Gynecomastia (or better known as “bitch tits”) is actually more common off cycle than when you're on due to this estrogen rebound.
The trick at any given point in time to combating this is to take a proactive measure and use a small amount of aromatase inhibitor to keep estrogen at bay.
An A.I. (aromatase inhibitor) is something that prevents conversion of estrogen.
Unlike a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator such as Nolvadex) an aromatase inhibitor is something that totally blocks estrogen conversion.
SERMS only prevent estrogen from binding to receptor tissues in breast site, but this doesn't mean that you still do not have estrogen circulating around in your system.
The name of the game here is getting a hormone panel done to see where your estrogen is at.
Estrogen levels that are too high or even too low can cause the same symptoms of low testosterone: such as loss of sex drive, lethargy, and depression.
When someone asks me what they should cycle and they're already a high body fat percentage I advise against cycling until they get body fat under control.
HOWEVER, often what they're dealing with is an uphill battle to combat estrogen at the same time before it's a good idea to start their cycle. This happens to be the case with a lot of overweight individuals.
Diet can also play a major role in levels of testosterone to estrogen.
Diets that are higher in junk foods and dairy products can cause this, and soy products can definitely cause this.
I advise against soy products for anyone trying to get a rock-hard physique.
So the first step in lowering estrogen levels is to clean up the diet and lose the added body fat.
The next step (besides blood work to know exactly where you're at) is to begin an aromatase inhibitor on its own.
Just using an aromatase inhibitor will lower estrogen levels and can elevate testosterone levels.
There are many Doctors who prescribe AI's without prescribing testosterone, because just the AI can cause a jump in testosterone levels by as much as 150-200 ng/dl.
I also believe in using AI's (aromatase inhibitors) while dieting to get estrogen under control and then discontinuing them once a healthier level of body fat is reached and the body finds a new homeostasis/recomposition.
AI's can be used in small amounts as a tool to help lose water weight and body fat.
Let's just say you didn't get bloodwork done but suspected you had an off level of estrogen due to body composition and having a more difficult time losing body fat.
A small amount of AI will help out about 90% of guys trying to get shredded.
I actually recommend taking just an AI BEFORE cycling anything when someone is overweight.
The most common forms of AI's are Aromasyn and Arimadex, but there is a new synthetic AI comparable to Arimadex called Arimistane.
Arimistane is one of the compounds found in a lot of prohormones and SARMS now.
It works extremely well at blocking estrogen conversion and lowering already existing levels of estrogen in the body.
PCT (post cycle therapy) is what bodybuilders use when coming off a cycle to help natural testosterone levels bounce back as well as prevent this estrogen rebound I've spoke of.
But what a lot of people don't know is that this product can be used on its own before beginning a cycle. However you do not need as much as when using the product for recovery purposes.
I've had many individuals contact me who were on the borderline of low-normal testosterone levels with elevated estrogen levels. Before I suggest ANYTHING that would seal the deal for a guaranteed test replacement need, I first suggest Arimistane combined with a clean diet and cardio.
Countless numbers of these guys have gotten back in touch with me and have told me that they felt like a new person within the first week!
I'm not here to tell you that you cannot use other forms of AI's, but I am here to tell you that if you're looking for an accessible and legal form of a HIGHLY EFFECTIVE way to lower estrogen levels, then Arimistane just may be your answer!
So whether you're overweight, feel the effects of low testosterone or elevated estrogen, or want a quick way to shed excess water weight and body fat while dieting, give this product a run for it's money and you may feel much better very quickly!
And before you begin any cycle it's always a good idea to do as much as you can on just the minimum.
Remember, it's not always about high levels of testosterone to feel good, it's about finding the right balance of test:estrogen!
Over and out- JD