Post cycle therapy PCT is a method of employing drugs which work via various mechanisms to go about trying to stabilize and restore a user’s hormones back to normal once a suppressive anabolic androgenic steroid cycle has been ceased.
Once a user has ceased use of anabolic androgenic steroids they are left in a situation where their natural testosterone production has been suppressed, sometimes severely. Furthermore, the levels of steroids are forever diminishing in their system, leaving the user in a very catabolic state post cycle, which may reflect in their ability to maintain muscle mass gained whilst on cycle. With this in mind, it is easy to conclude that we would like to find a way to restore ones natural testosterone production to bring about a better environment for overall health and to maintain muscle tissue.
Clomiphene citrate (clomid) and tamoxifen (nolvadex) can be employed for post cycle therapy PCT to help restore the users’ natural testosterone production. Because both are able to block estrogen at the hypothalamus and pituitary, thus ceasing negative feedback inhibition, we have drugs that can successfully increase FSH(follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) in the male body. Increased LH can help to stimulate the Leydig’s cells in the testes to produce more testosterone.
FOR PCT Post cycle therapy many find just using nolvadex on its own efficient enough to recover from their cycles. Some, however, prefer to use both drugs to cover all angles. It is worth noting that nolvadex is more profound in stimulating an increase of LH, on a milligram to milligram standpoint, compared to that of clomid. Also, many users complain of side effects from clomid such as visual implications and mood swings.
When analysing the methods in which both drugs work to bring about raises in natural testosterone production it is easy to conclude some old-school approaches are flawed. Many users would use a burst of clomid mid cycle in the hope of it causing an increase in testosterone production to minimise shut down. The only use of clomid during a heavy androgenic cycle is as an anti-oestrogen, not a mid-cycle aid against shut down, because the heighten levels of androgen will cause a feedback to the testes to cease production of testosterone regardless. Therefore, if androgen levels are high clomid will do very little in aiding production of natural testosterone. It will a lot more effective starting a PCT protocol when the androgen levels of the steroids drop, and this will be dependent on the half-life of the compounds the user used during their cycle.
Due to the half-life of clomid and nolvadex there is little need in splitting the dosages of the drug, just take when it’s most continent.
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POST CYCLE THERAPY PCT protocols
Dosages of nolvadex for PCT protocol:
Following 10 days
Following 10 days
The above is a sample protocol which could be employed. Obviously the cycle and other parameters may alter the dosages and duration of your post cycle protocol.
As said above, many users like to use both nolvadex and clomid post cycle to cover all angles.
Dosages of nolvadex and clomid combined for PCT protocol:
Clomid 250mg + Nolvadex 60mg
Following 10 days
Clomid 100mg + Nolvadex 40mg
Following 10 days
Clomid 50mg + Nolvadex 20mg
This method should prove effective. That said, as with the nolvadex only protocol, it is not set in stone. More suppressive cycles may require higher doses or longer duration of use to bring about the desired effects.
When you start the PCT protocol will depend on the compounds that were administrated in the cycle. Look up all steroids you used during your cycle in our table below, and take note of the drug which has the longest start date after last admission. This is so that we do not start a PCT protocol when there may still be potentially high levels of androgens in the system, which would make the PCT be a waste until the levels dropped.
See below for when to start your PCT protocol after ceasing your cycle:
When to start after last admission
Length of PCT
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, is a peptide hormone which can be useful to bodybuilders who suffer from testicular atrophy whilst on cycle.
It was once commonly used during PCT in the belief it will aid testosterone restoration, however this is flawed due to its mechanism of action. The drug mimics the effects of LH in the body, stimulating the Leydig cells to produce testosterone in the testes. This can be fruitful in rectify existing, or avoiding testicular atrophy on cycle. It will not aid the process of recovery in the post cycle phase however, as the drug will bring about heightened oestrogen levels due to the greater aromatising of the testosterone being produced in the testes, thus bringing about greater inhibition of the HPTA.
How long after a cycle should you start POST CYCLE THERAPY PCT?
Direct Answer is 2 Weeks, most esthers will last in the body for 2 weeks and that’s when you should start your treatment, for PCT Dosage and protocols read the article above.
As the name suggest Post Cycle Therapy is to be taken after your cycle
it really depends on the length and products used during your cycle, as a rule of thumb 6 to 8 weeks, but if you’ve been on a test cycle for 6 months to a year don’t expect your natural production to spike back up to normal in no time, be patient and it will get back.
Can you just use Nolvadex for POST CYCLE THERAPY PCT?
Can you use Nolvadex only ? well yes you can just like you can use testosterone only while cycling but if you were on 5-10 different products and shut down for months Nolvadex only will not be enough to recover.
Given you’re young and your body can adapt and recover on it’s own without the help of any post cycle therapy PCT products like nolvadex , clomid, HCG , it will just take 3-4 times longer to recover from your cycle and within that time you will lose whatever muscle you’ve gain while you’re on cycle which kinda defeat the purpose of cycling at this point don’t you agree ?
What does post cycle therapy PCT do?
Simple answer , post cycle therapy is a therapy to recover your testosterone production after being shut down by injecting synthetic testosterone in your body which shuts down your natural testosterone productions.
Safely 3-6 Months but! read below
I don’t even know how to start this question , how long to stay on testosterone and what is the norms ? well guess what I’ve seen people on for 4-5-6 years and they’re kind of stuck on it now not being able to stop easily as their natural test has been shut down for so long,
Will my testosterone levels return to normal after steroids?
Let’s say it will come back to 90-95% of where it was before and maybe if you do stop for a long time it can potentially recover close to 100%.
Bodybuilders can use anywhere between 500MG to 3000MG a week yes I said 3000MG which in my opinion defeat the purpose, there is no reason for you to go over 1000-1250MG a week.
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