Hi everyone, I wanted to open up a discussion about Anavar-only cycles. It seems that most of the online steroid community recommends against anavar-only cycles, and the entire school of thought is predicated on anavar being suppressive to the HPTA axis, resulting in low-testosterone production and thus, symptoms of low-testosterone. I have seen most users strongly recommending that it be run with a testosterone base. That reasoning is definitely logical and deductive, but I wanted to throw some of my own reasoning out there and hopefully have some discourse. -From my understanding, anavar is a synthetic DHT, or DHT-derivative. As such, it cannot and does not aromatize to estrogen. DHT is commonly regarded as the hormone that is responsible for strength, libido, masculine features (facial hair), and confidence/ alpha-like feelings, though it may not be as anabolic as testosterone. It is useful for cutting fat while simultaneously making strength gains as well as lean-gains, so basically an effective substance for body recomposition. -During an anavar-only cycle, the HPTA axis is suppressed from the negative feedback loop due to perceiving that exogenous testosterone production is too high, resulting in low serum testosterone while on cycle. *The big question is, does this low testosterone contribute to symptoms of low-testosterone while on an anavar-only cycle as espoused by many in the online community? --My thoughts would be no, precisely because your levels of exogenous androgenic hormone (from anavar) are high, which would naturally signal your body to produce less sex hormones. But you would actually continue experience high-dht effects as mentioned above while on anavar. --Theoretically, cycling off an anavar-only cycle would be much easier than cycling off other steroids that do aromatize, as your estrogen levels would not be elevated. Elevated estrogen would signal to your hypothalamus and pituitary gland to stop producing GSH and LH, but since your estrogen should be low or normal on an anavar-only cycle, your HPTA axis should recover and upregulate production more quickly with pct in response to low sex hormones. *Is it possible that the users that have experienced negative effects (symptoms of low testosterone) on anavar cycles were using fake anavar, or other steroids concurrently or within a relatively short time frame, creating confounding variables? Once again, I am not claiming that my logic is flawless or the correct one, but just wanted to open up the discussion and throw in my 2 cents.