The human body always tends to maintain a very balanced state called HOMEOSTATIS. The body is accustomed to this condition and feels comfortable with it. Sometimes, there is an intake of external substances which cause a significant increase raising the body level beyond the homeostatic level. On such an occasion, the body will respond by reducing its own production of such substances in an effort to re-establish the normal levels which are comparatively lower. This calls for the same in the case of hormonal production in the body. As and when the use of external substances is discontinued, the body’s own production of hormones dips below normal. The overall level of the body is thus, suppressed or down.

In such a case, Post Cycle Therapy is a method used to restore the body’s natural production of hormones. In other words, PCT is the supplement regimen used by an individual after completing a cycle of prohormone (anabolic). It is one of the most important aspects of a complete, successful prohormone cycle. This is because during the suppressed period, one may lose a great deal of gains in the absence of PCT.

Thus, we see that post Cycle Therapy is a method wherein drugs are employed via various mechanisms in an attempt to enhance the stabilization and restoration of a user’s hormones to normalcy once a suppressive anabolic androgenic steroid cycle has been ceased.

WHY IS PCT REQUIRED?

  • PCT restores the normal hormonal production of the body after the cycle is over.
  • It enables the body to synthesize protein and muscle cell even in the lowest hormonal conditions.
  • Helps to prevent protein loss due to anti-catabolic properties exhibited by the testosterone of the body in its suppressed condition.
  • Ensures the retention of gains made during a prohormone cycle.
  • It helps to prevent the adverse effects caused by the discontinuing of anabolic steroids.
  • Restores the endogenous testosterone production quickly.

RECOMMENDED PCT PRODUCTS

(a) Testosterone Boosting Compounds:

(i) D-Aspartic Acid – An amino acid that helps to raise the body’s natural testosterone levels. This is done by:

- Stimulating the release of luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland, thus, directly stimulating the synthesis and secretion testosterone.

-Increasing the level of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein, one of the key limiting factors in testosterone production during the normal synthesis process.

(ii) Tribulus Terrestris – A plant extract that retains the body’s natural      testosterone level. This results in elevated energy levels and healthy hormone function.

(iii) ZMA (Zinc Magnesium Aspartate) – elevates natural testosterone levels up to 30%.

(b) Estrogen control compounds:

(i)  6-Bromo – It is an aromatase inhibiting enzyme that exerts its effects by binding to the aromatase enzyme thus preventing the aromatizing of androgens. This is a temporary binding, and lasts till the aromatase is normalized and hormone production returns to normal.

(ii)  Trans Resveratrol – Helps to control aromatase, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to estrogen.

(iii)   WBM – Inhibits aromatase, thus lowering estrogen levels.

HOW IS PCT EMPLOYED?

PCT is effective generally with the right supplements. The best products in this regard are those which would boost natural testosterone levels and help control estrogen levels at the same time.

  • It is advisable to purchase a PCT product along with the prohormone to be used. This ensures quick employment as soon as the cycle is done with.
  • Most PCT products are believed to last four weeks, or one month. Individuals are advised to employ a PCT regimen for at least this long.
  • A conservative approach is to double the time off based on time-on. This means that to set a time frame that would range from instantly finishing your PCT to one month after your PCT.
  • To ensure retention of gains, it is preferable to begin PCT immediately after finishing the prohormone cycle.

ADMINISTERING FEW PCT PRODUCTS

(i)  CLOMID (Clomiphene citrate)- this drug is often prescribed to women who are unable to ovulate. Therefore, it is a non-steroidal ovulatory stimulant. It is beneficial to male bodybuilders as it opposes the negative impact of estrogens on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis thereby increasing the release of gonadotropin.

Clomid in a PCT cycle -

The list given below will tell you when you should start using Clomid. Suppose you have employed Sustanon, Winstrol and Dianabol in a cycle, then Clomid dosage should start three weeks after the cycle is over. This is because the active life of Sustanon in the body is quite long.

 

 

Steroid

Time after
last administration

Length of
Clomid Cycle

Anadrol50/Anapolan50:

8 – 12 hours

3 weeks

Deca durabolin:

3 weeks

4 weeks

Dianabol:

4-8 hours

3 weeks

Equipoise:

17-21 days

3 weeks

Finajet/Trenbolone:

3 days

3 weeks

Primabolan depot:

10 – 14 days

2 weeks

Sustanon:

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

Winstrol

8 – 12 hours

2-3 weeks

Shown below is an example of how Clomid can be employed in a steroid cycle.

WEEK

TES. CYPIONATE

DIANABOL

WINSTROL

CLOMID

1

750 mg

30 mg/day

2

750 mg

30 mg/day

3

500 mg

20 mg/day

4

500 mg

50 mg EOD*

5

500 mg

50 mg EOD

6

250 mg

50 mg EOD

100 mg/day

7

50 mg EOD

100 mg/day

8

Clomid is usually available in the form of 50 mg tablets.

(ii)  NOLVADEX (Tamoxifen citrate) – One of the most popular anti-estrogens among bodybuilders, this drug was initially used for the treatment of female infertility. In bodybuilding, it is often used to counteract the side effects caused by increased levels of estrogens in the body owing to the use of certain anabolic steroids.

Nolvadex is commonly available in the form of 10 mg or 20 mg tablets.

  • Both the above mentioned drugs aid in restoring the natural testosterone production in the user’s body.
  • Both have the ability to cease the negative impact of estrogen.
  • Both the drugs possess half life. Therefore, users feel no need to split their dosages.
  • Many users prefer to use both these drugs post cycle to derive their maximum benefits.
  • Dosages of nolvadex and clomid combined for PCT protocol
  • Day 1 Clomid 250mg + Nolvadex 60mg
  • Following 10 days Clomid 100mg + Nolvadex 40mg
  • Following 10 days Clomid 50mg + Nolvadex 20mg

(iii)  HCG (Human Chorionic  Gonadotrophin) – This is a peptide hormone helpful to bodybuilders suffering from testicular atrophy during a cycle. The drug mimics the effect of luteinizing hormone in the body, stimulating the production of testosterone. It also prevents and/or rectifies testicular atrophy on cycle.

  • It is advisable to use HCG a week prior to PCT.
  • The drug must be used in small frequent doses over a course of two weeks in order to minimize side effects and give more fruitful results.
  • The drug must be accompanied by Nolvadex (20 to 40 mg per day) to avoid estrogen related side effects.
  • HCG may be administered either intramuscularly or subcutaneously.

The cycle below employs four potent anabolic androgenic steroids along with prescribed dosage of HCG, Clomid and Nolvadex. Make sure you stick to the mentioned doses only to get optimum results.

WEEK 

DECA 

SUSTANON 

TES.DEPOT

DIANABOL

HCG 5000

CLOMID

NOLVADEX

1

200 mg

250 mg

250 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

2

400 mg

500 mg

250 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

3

400 mg

500 mg

250 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

4

600 mg

500 mg

250 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

5

600 mg

500 mg

500 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

6

600 mg

500 mg

500 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

7

400 mg

500 mg

250 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

1 tab/day

8

400 mg

250 mg

250 mg

6 tab/day

1 tab/day

1 tab/day

9

5000 IU

1 tab/day

1 tab/day

10

5000 IU

1 tab/day

1 tab/day

Thus, Post Cycle Therapy involves the use of anti-estrogens as medication to assist in the discontinuation of anabolic steroids. In other words, it is essential to conclude the use of anabolic steroids.

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