What You Need To Know About Post Cycle Therapy (PCT)
24Oct

What You Need To Know About Post Cycle Therapy (PCT)

Looking at a professional bodybuilder, one of the first things that you will notice about their appearance is their huge build. This can make you start wondering, how the hell they did it. Well the answer is usually through hard work, a great diet or with the option of using steroids. 

When you are using steroids for your bodybuilding activities, you will start feeling your body’s natural workings misbehaving. This is when we get to the topic at hand-Post-Cycle Therapy which is the most important part of using steroids. It is important to know how important Post-Cycle Therapy is if you want to improve the result of your steroid use and also protect your health. 

What is Post-Cycle Therapy?

Although, steroids use can be used to significantly increase your muscle mass, strength and size, it can also completely mess up the workings of your natural hormone system. It might even get to the stage where natural testosterone is no longer produced in the body. Post-Cycle Therapy is the process that is used to help improve the balance of hormone in the body after it has been disrupted by steroid use. 

Post-Cycle Therapy is a very essential process and it requires much though and planning just like the original steroid cycle. This process will involve the use of many prescription drugs that you can get access to, while also knowing just how to combine their use so that the work together. You will also need to plan the dosage and the duration of use. The main importance of Post-Cycle Therapy is to get the hormone levels in the body back to how they were before you start using steroids. This procedure is often started right after the steroid cycle is over. This can usually take about 30 to 45 days. 

 

Why Do You Need Post-Cycle Therapy? The Importance of Post-Cycle Therapy

Post-Cycle Therapy is very important in order to return the workings of the body hormone system back to how it was before the steroid use. The effect of the steroid use of the hormone system will depend on of some factors like duration of the steroid cycle and the dosage. 

Another important reason to undertake the Post-Cycle Therapy process is that once you stop the steroid use, the body will come out of its anabolic state and it will be hard to maintain the muscle mass gained during the period of steroid use. It is also used to reduce Cortisol level in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is produced in the body during period of stress which is why it is often produced during workout. High Cortisol levels in the body can result in fat gain and mood swings. 

So you will see that without Post-Cycle Therapy, you will be unable to maintain all the muscle mass gains you got during steroid use and you will also be unable to maintain a normal hormone system. 

 

What Does Post-Cycle Therapy Do After Cycle? 

Once a steroid cycle is finished, the effects of Post-Cycle Therapy depend mainly on the type of Post-Cycle Therapy supplements you decide to use. Some common types of PCT supplements include; 

 

Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM)

 

This is one of the most famous Post-Cycle Therapy supplement. Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) are the type of PCT supplements used to hinder the effects of estrogen in the body which makes them a common option for treating breast cancer. However, apart from treating breast cancer, SERMs are also very useful during Post-Cycle Therapy due to its ability to restrict estrogen. 

There are some occasions when steroid use will change to estrogen in your body and this will result in some side effects in the form of man boobs which can completely ruin your muscle gains. However, when SERMs restrict the production of estrogen in the body, it will fight these side effects and boost your testosterone levels to help it return to normal. The most popular forms of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators include; 

 

Clomid

Clomid is a drug that was initially developed to improve fertility in women by inducing ovulation. It does this by stimulating the pituitary glance to cause an increase in the production of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone which results in the stimulation of testosterone production in males. However, there are some unofficial use of Clomid which includes helping to improve sperm production and motility in males. This effect makes it a good Post-Cycle Therapy supplement.

 Benefits of Clomid

  • Inhibit the production of estrogen in the body.
  • Enhances the production of natural testosterone in the body.
  • Improves the levels of cholesterol in the body. 

 

Clomid Side Effects 

It does not matter if Clomid was used for its official purpose or as a steroid, there are some common side effects associated with using Clomid. These side effects include; 

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Acne
  • Vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision 

When to take Clomid

If you want to use Clomid as PCT supplement, it is advisable that you start the dosage cycle about two weeks after finishing a steroid cycle. This will provide your body sufficient time to get rid of the synthetic version of testosterone associated with steroid use. 

Clomid Dosage

Clomid Dosage should be around 50mg per day. The length of time it takes for Clomid to work is dependent on the steroid cycle. 

Nolvadex 

This SERM drug has a common brand name known as Tamoxifen and it is used to block estrogen in the body particularly in the breast region due to the fact that this drug was designed to treat breast cancer in females. It also helps reduce the effect of gynecomastia. Nolvadex is also used during Post-Cycle Therapy to block estrogen just like Clomid. It also helps to stimulate the production of Testosterone to get them back to their normal level. 

Benefits of Nolvadex

  • It is used to reduce the effects of gynecomastia. 
  • Balance the natural hormonal workings in the body.
  • Inhibit the production of estrogen in the body.
  • Enhances the production of natural testosterone in the body.
  • Improves the levels of cholesterol in the body. 

Nolvadex Side Effects 

  • Stomach ache 
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Skin irritation
  • Libido loss
  • Constipation

 

When to take Nolvadex

If you want to use Nolvadex as PCT supplement, it is advisable that you start the dosage cycle about two weeks after finishing a steroid cycle. This will provide your body sufficient time to get rid of the synthetic version of testosterone associated with steroid use. 

Nolvadex Dosage

The proper Nolvadex dosage should be 40mg per day for the first two weeks, then 20mg per day for the next two weeks, and then 10mg per day for the remaining couple of weeks. 

 

Aromatase Inhibitors (AI)

Aromatase Inhibitors are also used as PCT supplements because they inhibit the effects of estrogen in the body. This is similar in a way to SERMs but unlike SERMs, it does not block estrogen in tissue cells, it minimizes the amount of estrogen in the body by reducing the rate of conversion of androgens to estrogen which will in turn lead to increase in estrogen levels and reduction in testosterone levels. Aromatase is used as a PCT supplement because it prevents this cycle from happening. 

Benefits of Aromatase Inhibitors (AI)

  • It inhibits the enzyme aromatase to block the conversion of androgen to estrogen. 
  • It reduces estrogen production while increasing the rate of production of testosterone in the body. 
  • Prevents Gynecomastia. 

 

Side Effects of Aromatase Inhibitors (AI)

  • Hair loss
  • Blood clots
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Muscle and joint pain. 

 

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)

Naturally HCG is a hormone that can be used to reverse the negative effects of using steroids r even prevent some serious side effects such as infertility (due to decrease in production of sperm) and shrinking of testicles. This is why it is used by males with infertility or low testosterone problems. It also helps reduce the production of leutinizing hormone. 

Benefits of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)

  • Enhances the production of sperm in the body.
  • Reverse the effects of testicles shrinkage.
  • Increases testosterone production.
  • Prevent breakdown of muscle mass. 

 

Side Effects of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)

  • Gynecomastia
  • Body swelling
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Fatigue