I'm new to these forums, so I thought I'd say howdy real quick. I've done a lot of reading about all aspects of exercise & nutrition (I'm a senior exercise science major & personal trainer), so I'd like to help out whenever I can. But...I have a couple questions also!
The main thing I'm having problems with is trying to get my body to cooperate with me. I've put on about 5 lbs of muscle in the past year, which is a good amount for a woman...but I want to add more. I've reached a plateau!! My progress is very slow no matter how I do my workouts & nutrition. I've been looking to supplements to try to get my estrogen down. After reading about a lot of them, I found out that "estrogen blockers" really only block estrogen in MEN!!! Grr!!! The way they work is to stimulate LH (luteinizing hormone, a.k.a. follicle stimulating hormone). In guys, this causes sperm producation and an increase in testosterone. In women, it increases *estrogen* and causes ovulation. Using steroids and/or prohormones is not an option for me; I don't want all that acne or the more serious side effects.
I'm going to start taking DIM (diindoylmethane, I think) once I find a high-quality brand. From what I read about it, DIM will help reduce the "bad" catabolic estrogen metabolites and increase my free testosterone. But since I only make a tiny amount of test to begin with, I imagine that the main effect will be to help me lean out.
I'm looking for something that will help me increase my test levels just a little bit, so I get the anabolic benefits but without the androgenic side effects. Tribulus terrestris, longjack, etc will NOT work on me because I am a female!! Any ideas?
PS- As you can probably tell, I'm pissed off that the guys who make the supplements call tribulus, longjack, etc "estrogen blockers" because in reality, they are not!! They only block estrogen in HALF of the population, and it just shows how they don't even consider a female's body chemistry & her needs. They are just in their own little world!! Anyway...I apologize for seeming so angry...hehe