Post Cycle Therapy
What does it do?
Once an athlete finishes an steroid cycle, another crucial stage begins, the Post Cycle Therapy. It helps to restore ones natural testosterone production to bring about a better environment for overall health and to maintain muscle tissue.
Nolvadex, Clomid and HCG in Post Cycle Therapy (PCT)
Clomiphene citrate (clomid) and tamoxifen (nolvadex) can be employed post cycle to help restore the users’ natural testosterone production. Because both are able to block oestrogen 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.
As an alternative to Clomid, which has been reported to have led to unwanted side effects such as visual disturbances in some users, Nolvadex can be employed. Nolvadex is more profound in stimulating an increase of LH than clomid. Some users like to use both of them in their PCT in an attempt to cover all angles.
The action of HCG in the male body is like that of LH, stimulating the Leydig cells in the testes to produce testosterone even in the absence of endogenous LH. HCG is therefore used during longer or heavier steroid cycles to maintain testicular size and condition, or to bring atrophied (shrunken) testicles back up to their original condition in preparation for post-cycle Clomid therapy.
When to Implement a PCT Plan
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.
See below for when to start your PCT protocol after ceasing your cycle:
|Steroid||When to start after last admission||Length of PCT|
|Testosterone Enanthate||2 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Cypionate||2 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Propionate||3 days||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Suspension||6-8 hours||3 weeks|
|Sustanon||3 weeks||3 weeks|
|Winstrol||12 hours||2/3 weeks|
|Dianabol||6-8 hours||3 weeks|
|Trenbolone||3 days||4 weeks|
|Deca durabolan||3 weeks||4 weeks|
|Primabolan depot||14 days||2 weeks|
|Anavar||8-10 hours||2 weeks|