shutdown is shutdown.
there's no "doesn't shut you down as bad" like you hear with anavar or whatever.
body see's androgens, body see's no need to produce it's own androgens, body cuts test production. period.
naturally, if a man has NEVER used steroids, his natural test levels will NEVER increase with age... it will decrease only. So, with what logic would you expect your body to increase test production AFTER using steroids?
i'll never understand why people think that.
I have guys ask "why don't you go off the test and let your body get back to normal. it'll come back" and they scoff at me like I'M the ignorant one.... eh, it doesn't work that way dude. is YOUR test level higher at 45 than it was at 25? or even 40? the answer is NO.
going off steroids, your natural test levels will NEVER be what they were before you went on.
much the same way the natural dopamine levels in a meth addict will never be what they were before they started getting high... not without medication.
Im a former meth addict... and honestly, I don't really notice the lack of dopamine you hear so frequently about.. But then again, I tolerated the substance much better than people I used with.. some of them looked like 10 year addicts in 2 months, and I used more, and more often, than any of them and never really suffered any noticable physical/mental issues... although I was a bit twitchy for about a year after quitting.. very manic. Other than that, I feel pretty much back to normal.