THE DOCTOR IS IN...
BY DR. JOHN PIERCE, D.O.
YOU’VE AMPED UP – NOW WHAT?
POST-CYCLE THERAPY – BRINGING BACK NATURAL HORMONAL BALANCE
In order to boost physical performance, many athletes have used anabolic steroids over the years. But with today’s definition of “perfectly fit”—it is the non-athletes who make up an even larger portion of those who have been self-prescribing hormones to improve their physique and appearance. An estimated 2.9 to 4.0 million Americans (age 13-50) have used anabolic steroids, and most without physician supervision, using underground black market resources and products. This is not only medically ill-advised as potentially dangerous, but the purity of the product is greatly questionable, adding extra risk to one’s health.
Other added dangers are increased by a common method of “stacking” (using two or more anabolic steroids—often androgens) in progressively increasing doses in intermittent cycles. This practice makes it hard to predict the cumulative potential health consequences—not to mention that anabolic steroids are not natural to the body, as they are synthetic man-made compounds. Testosterone is the opposite—it is produced naturally by the body, and is necessary physiologically for health and wellbeing. Anabolic steroids are not, and they can come with negative side effects including damaging both the heart and liver, causing high blood pressure, depression, shrinking of the testicles, erectile and sexual dysfunction and infertility, enlarged breasts (aka “bitch tits”), and negatively affecting cholesterol and blood fat levels.
The practice of “cycling” is based on the notion that drug holidays (intermittent use of anabolic steroids followed by taking a break) may prevent desensitization to large doses of androgen (even though this concept remains to be proven scientifically). Yet after a cycle of anabolic steroid use, testosterone levels may fall to unnaturally low levels (even within a female range), known as anabolic steroid-induced hypogonadism, and it can cause loss of sexual desire and sexual function, depression and even hot flushes, all of which can last sometimes up to four years. These symptoms of withdrawal can be so difficult to tolerate that many men go back on another cycle of anabolic steroids, causing a vicious cycle known as “hooked-on-hormones” syndrome.
Post Cycle Therapy helps to restore natural hormonal function for those who have self-administered anabolic steroids, in order to prevent hypogonadism-induced health consequences, such as loss of muscle and bone mineral mass, sexual and reproductive dysfunction, and depression, as well as to promote healthy aging. Treatment involves various dosages of medications in order to achieve balance once again, as there is no “one-size-fits-all” post-cycle therapy. Therefore it is of utmost importance to find a doctor who is well-versed in andrology (the science of man) and endocrine regulation, as well as the side effects of anabolic steroids. Yet, most physicians tend to be uncomfortable and are hesitant to treat patients who have used anabolic steroids.
Dr. Pierce at Ageless Forever Anti-Aging Clinic in Las Vegas, Nev., understands the importance of listening to patients so that they feel open to discuss their cycles, stacks and motives, in order to properly diagnose and treat them to bring them back to a balanced and healthy state once again. As a former athlete himself, Dr. Pierce understands the mentality of anabolic steroid users and has educated himself in not only the underground lingo, but also in the newest medical research on the subject, to better provide the best possible individualized care for his patients.
Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O. • Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic located at
6020 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89118 • 702-838-1994 • AgelessForever.net