Post Cycle Therapy
Post cycle therapy or PCT is mostly used after a cycle of anabolic androgenic steroids. The steroids alter the natural hormone level and the testosterone production. When we end the use of anabolic steroids, the testosterone level is still in a suppressed position and it's recommended to let your body normalize the natural production of testosterone.
PCT is more used to shorten or enhance the recovery process of your natural production of testosterone. But remember, there is no PCT that will return 100% of your natural level of testosterone as it was at the start of using steroids and even post cycle therapy will not help if the steroids will not be used as it's indicated on the box or on the medical prescription instruction that is in the box. Normally the body without PCT will recover in about year of more, depends on want steroids were used and how much time they were used. It's a very big stress to the body and you will not see the results from the use of the steroids.
The best way to start post cycle therapy when the use of steroids have ended, but if you will start a new cycle very soon, less than 4-12 weeks, depends of how long was the last anabolic steroids cycle, then it's not necessary to start a post cycle therapy, because it can cause stress to the body.
The best options are Tamoxifen Citrate and Clomiphene Citrate, both can get the job done equally.
Tamoxifen Citrate known as Tamoxifen, Nolvadex or Nolva is one of the most used medication among bodybuilders and athletes, it's not an androgenic steroid and is used for 2 purpose, for the prevention of the side-effect of the anabolic steroids and for PCT. Tamox stimulates the testosterone production by increasing the release of Luteinizing Hormone in the body. When the anabolic androgenic steroids are used, the natural production of testosterone is suppressed and after the cycle is off the natural testosterone needs a long time to recover. Tamox shorts the time of the recovery. For many bodybuilders for PCT, it's enough to use only Tamox.
Clomiphene Citrate known as Clomed or Clomid it is very useful in the PCT programs. It's stimulating the testosterone production and reduces the time of recovery after steroids use. As an anti-estrogen, Clomed does not reducing the estrogen levels or inhibit the aromatization process but protects the body from gynecomastia. Clomed even has a very good impact on cholesterol levels, it's acting as estrogen in the liver and promotes a healthy cholesterol level.
1. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) - is a very powerful peptide hormone that mimics LH (luteinizing hormone) which in turn stimulates the testosterone production. The HCG is more used to prepare to body to SERM products. It's very dangerous to abuse HCG for a long period, the body may become dependent to the mimicked LH.
2. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) - It's very good for protection of your gains and minimize the fat deposits that can occur after steroids use. But it's more used for a long period, minimum 6 months and is used more in on-cycle.
For HGH is simple, if it used in on-cycle just continue with it in PCT. For HCG and SERM is more difficult. There are 2 types of cycles. Cycles with large and small esters. If the cycle ends with a large ester steroid, the PCT program that includes only SERM products should start after 2-3 weeks. If for PCT will be used HCG, then HCG should be used after 2 weeks of the last injection and for 10 days. After that begin PCT program. For small esters start SERM therapy after 3 days from the last injection. The same for HCG, after 3 days from the last injection, use it for 10 days and after that begin PCT program.
|Steroid||Time after last administration||Length of Cycle|
|Anadrol 50 / Anapolon 50 / Oxymetholone||8 - 12 hours||3 weeks|
|Nandrolone Decanoate / Deca durabolan||3 weeks||4 weeks|
|Danabol / Dianabol||4 - 8 hours||3 weeks|
|Boldenone undecylenate / Equipoise||17 - 21 days||3 weeks|
|Trenbolone||3 days||3 weeks|
|Methenolone Enanthate / Primobolan||10 - 14 days||2 weeks|
|Sustanon / Sustamed||3 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Cypionate||2 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Enanthate||2 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Propionate||3 days||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Suspension||4 - 8 hours||2-3 weeks|
|Stanozolol / Winstrol||8 - 12 hours||2-3 weeks|
For example if in your cycle you have Dana and Susta, Dana's half-life is 4-8 hours and Susta's half-life is 3 weeks, then the PCT should be started after 3 weeks.
Now if you know when should be Clomed used you can start taking it. The Clomed therapy period is 3 weeks, on the first day you can take 200-300mg, after that 100mg for the next 10 days and the last 10 days 50mg.
In an attempt to cover all angles, most of the bodybuilders use both, Clomed and Tamoxifen for the PCT. The most used dosages are like these:
Day 1 - 150-200 mg Clomed + 40 mg of Tamoxifen
Day 2-11 - 50 mg Clomed + 20 mg of Tamoxifen
Day 12-21 - 50 mg Clomed + 20 mg of Tamoxifen