Clomid for Men an Alternative to TRT for Younger Guys
Clomiphene citrate, sold under the brand name Clomid®, is an FDA-approved medication used to treat specific fertility problems in women. However, Male Excel medical providers can prescribe Clomid for men off-label to treat or maintain fertility and increase testosterone levels.
Clomid tricks the body into thinking it has lower levels of sex hormones (such as estrogen or testosterone) than there are. This deception then triggers the pituitary gland in the brain to release more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). As a result of the increased levels of FSH and LH, the testes produce higher amounts of testosterone. Clomid can benefit men with low testosterone or infertility, as it promotes the natural production of testosterone and sperm in the testes.
Testosterone replacement therapy isn't usually suitable for guys under 38 because it can damage fertility. So, Clomid is a great alternative that proves effective in increasing testosterone without harming fertility.
- Clomid is often used 'off label' 1 to treat infertility in men.
- In men, Clomid stimulates testosterone production by blocking estrogen receptors in the brain. It tricks the brain into thinking it needs more hormones, which leads to more testosterone and sperm production.
- Clomid for men is used 'off label' as a testosterone booster 2 while maintaining fertility in men.
- Clomid blocks estrogen receptors in the brain, increasing the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).
- FSH and LH are released into blood circulation, acting on the testes and ovaries to kick start and support their reproductive functions.
Why Use Clomid Used for Men?
Clomiphene and its derivative enclomiphene effectively increase testosterone levels in men wanting to maintain sperm count and motility. At Male Excel, we only prescribe hormone replacement therapy to men over 38 to protect the fertility of younger men. But, Clomid is effective for men under the age of 38 suffering from reduced testosterone levels and the associated symptoms.
Why Might Men Under 38 Need to Take Clomid?
- Lack of Energy
- Loss of vitality
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss (Atrophy)
- Weight Gain
- To increase Testosterone level
- To increase sperm count
Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy slows and even stops natural testosterone. For this reason, Clomid for men is an excellent option for guys wishing to continue natural production and maintain fertility.
Compared with bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, Clomid is an excellent alternative because :
- Stimulates natural testosterone production
- It has few side effects and has a long track record.
- It comes in tablet form.
- It is cheap and affordable.
25-50mg of Clomid per day usually increases sperm count and testosterone levels (free and total) within a couple of months. Clomid helps the body produce more testosterone by increasing LH levels. FSH supports sperm during their 74-day maturation process. Since testosterone is the primary hormone required to make sperm, a higher concentration in the body means more sperm.
Studies 2 show that low dose Clomid administration increases testosterone levels, quoting.
"Low dose clomiphene citrate effectively elevates serum testosterone levels and improves the testosterone/estradiol ratio in men with hypogonadism. This therapy is an alternative to testosterone therapy by stimulating the endogenous androgen production pathway."
Shabsigh A, Kang Y, Shabsign R, et al.
Does Clomid Work for Raising Testosterone Levels in Men?
Studies show that clomiphene can increase testosterone levels in men with hypogonadism, a condition when the body does not produce enough testosterone. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2010 found that clomiphene increased testosterone levels in men with hypogonadism by 85%. Another study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2005 found that clomiphene treatment increased testosterone levels in men with low testosterone by 150%.
Does Clomid Work as Well as TRT?
Clomid for men works differently than traditional TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). It is not quite as effective but can still work well for many. Realistically, you can expect a 100-200% increase in testosterone levels using Clomid. Firstly, this increase relieves low testosterone symptoms and maintains or even improves fertility.
The benefits of Clomid are similar to TRT.
- Improved libido and sexual satisfaction
- Reduced bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Increased metabolism
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Increased lean muscle mass and strength
- Decreased body fat (dangerous visceral fat)
- Increased confidence, positivity, memory, and brain function
- Reduced feelings of depression
- Increased energy levels
- Improved sleep
- More equipped to deal with stress
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and relief from insulin resistance
What are The Benefits of Clomid over Injections and Creams?
Clomid works by promoting natural testosterone production in the testicles. It is an easy-to-swallow pill taken daily and is available in generic form, making it cheap to buy. Clomid also does not shrink your testicles like traditional TRT and preserves fertility. 4
Results vary depending on your base hormone levels, with few side effects. With Clomid, there is no need to inject, and you don't have the same transference risks you have with testosterone cream.
What Are the Downsides to Clomid?
The first drawback is it t takes longer to see results with Clomid than with testosterone injections or creams. Secondly, Clomid can reduce libido in some patients, which is unusual. And finally, there have been a few reports of blurred vision in those taking Clomid; again, this is pretty rare.
What are the Side Effects of Clomid for Men?
Above all, any side effects of Clomid are rare and usually mild. Research shows Clomid is well tolerated by most men helping them reach 'normal' testosterone levels and improve low T symptoms. Studies 5 also show "no significant adverse event in any patient treated with clomiphene citrate."
The most common side effects in men taking Clomid may include: 5
- Changes in Mood
- Sore Breasts
- Blurry vision
- Weight gain
Rare side effects include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Altered taste
- Extreme thirst
- Aching joints
Is Clomid Right for a Good Choice for Low T?
Most men tolerate Clomid very well. Studies 6 show most patients who take it see improvement in symptoms within 3 months of starting treatment.
If you are under 38 and experiencing low testosterone side effects, we would advise taking our 'at home blood spot test.' This easy-to-use test kit eliminates needing to visit a clinic and draw blood. Once complete, the test highlights key hormone levels and establishes if Clomid will increase your testosterone to reduce the associated symptoms.