I had long suspected that I was "disadvantaged" genetically, but I recently have had this confirmed genetically: I have mild androgen insensitivity syndrome (MAIS). I have chosen to post in the steroid forum because I am already on HRT, and am considering moving up to a cycle. I need advice. Here are the details: By outside appearances, I'm a normal man: my dick and balls are normal and are normally sized (no hypospadias, micropenis, etc.). My doctors never suspected anything. The only signs that something was not right was that I have sparse body hair and very slight gynocomastia (barely perceptible). These things are well in the range of normal, so when I was a teenager and asked my doctors about these things, they just said "don't worry about it." After all, I had otherwise went through puberty just fine, etc. I always had a hard time with putting on muscle, and grew up really skinny. In my early 20s, I was well over 6' and weighed 140 lbs. I never thought much of it, or of the fact that I didn't need to shave. By the time I was 30, I though I should ask my doctor about this. He just said some people don't need to, but for the fuck of it, he would check my hormone levels. My testosterone was around 1200. While this was well out of range, he just said not to worry, since all the important things were working right (sex was good, and I was healthy). I decided to look into it on my own, and came across AIS on the internet. I went to see a geneticist, and had to practically force him to give me the test. It came back positive. I decided that I wasn't going to let this mutant gene stop me from reaching my potential, so I started reading up on diet and exercise. I figured, if I do everything right, maybe I can get *some* results. I started working out 50 mins a day, every other day, and ate around 3400 calories per day, including around 180g protein. After a few years of this, I was up to 180 lbs, although my body fat was around 17%. I've stayed at this level for the last 3 years, and have seen very little progress. I went to see a specialist about HRT. He mentioned that it probably wouldn't do anything for me in small doses, but was willing to try it. He was only partially right. I started on Androderm. The testosterone that these patches provided (exogenously) did not change much; rather, it just eased the burden on my body so that I didn't need to produce as much endogenously. I kept increasing the number of patches until I was using 3 patches per day. Finally, at this level, my pituitary stopped producing LH, and I started getting ball shrinkage. Not to mention, this was fucking expensive. I figure that if I was going about this the wrong way --- If I want to make up for my mutant AR gene, supplementing with HRT is not going to change anything; it will just mean that my body will not need to produce as much by itself. If I want to have supraphysiological levels of T, then I'm going to have to go on a cycle. This is where my knowledge ends --- I don't know anything about how to do a cycle, and I need some expert advice. What I can tell you is this: I don't have to worry about androgenic side effects like going bald or prostatic hypertrophy. I'll grow a beard before either of those things happens, so I'll see it coming long in advance. However, I still have to worry about LH production / pituitary shutdown. Just like everyone else, my pituitary has its own opinion about how much T should be in my body, and will shrink down my balls if it thinks I have too much. Any ideas regarding what kind of cycle I should try are welcome. You guys are the experts. I'm sure with some planning, my doc would even be on board. Thanks.