Boosting your body’s testosterone levels is a key objective when you’re cycling with anabolic steroids. Apart from stimulating anabolic benefits like faster muscle growth and development, pumping up your testosterone also helps take your strength and endurance up a notch in the process.
However, pumping up your testosterone levels during a cycle creates a hormonal imbalance in the system sooner or later. The body compensates for this imbalance by producing more estrogen hormones.
Although estrogen hormones also play vital roles in making your cycle a complete success, simply having too much of them in the body during the same will already lead to problems that won’t just significantly affect the gains that you’re going to realize, but also make you highly vulnerable to health issues.
These issues include inadvertently shutting down your testosterone production completely, low sex drive, developing gynecomastia as well as an unwanted increase in your body’s water retention levels that can keep you from getting that dry, hard look that you’re aiming for.
This is the biggest reason why you need to have an anti estrogen. We walk you through the five most widely used anti estrogen these days to help you make the right choice.
#5: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
At its simplest, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a type of hormone in a woman’s body that stimulates the release of egg cells during ovulation as well as supports their development after fertilization when they attach themselves to the uterine wall.
However, based on a number of medical studies, HCG is also seen to have the ability to help young boys whose testicles did not drop down normally into their scrotal sacs and increase sperm count in men.
Now while HCG is proven to effectively help maintain the body’s ideal testosterone production while staving off estrogen levels when used during a cycle, you will need to stack it with other types of anti estrogens like Clomid, Arimidex and Nolvadex to get the best results.
Please take note, though, that HCG is considered as a rather outdated option by most bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts when it comes to choosing which anti estrogen to use during a cycle these days.
#4: Arimidex (Anastrozole)
Arimidex – or anastrozole as it is known generically – was primarily formulated to control estrogen hormones from going over their ideal levels in postmenopausal women. It is also used to help prevent certain types of tumors and cancers from fully developing by cutting off the estrogen they need to grow.
As an aromatase inhibitor (AI), Arimidex can help set off a number of positive effects when used during a cycle like boosting the body’s natural testosterone production, keeping water retention levels very minimal as well as preventing gyno or bitch tits.
Arimidex is also seen to have positive effects to the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in the system, which are needed by the body to naturally produce testosterone.
Although there is no question in terms of the efficacy of Arimidex in maintaining and supporting testosterone production, clinical studies show that this AI can cause some negative side effects to cholesterol and decrease mineral content in the bones, which can lead to osteoporosis if not taken care of properly.
#3: Aromasin (Exemestane)
Aromasin, also known by its generic name Exemestane, is primarily formulated to fight against breast cancer that is a rather common health issue among post-menopausal women. It also has the ability to control estrogen levels that can be a possible catalyst for tumors.
In the bodybuilding setting, Aromasin is considered as a suicide aromatase inhibitor (AI), which prevents the aromatase enzyme from functioning like it should. When this happens, the process of aromatization is inhibited and the chance that testosterone will be converted to estrogen becomes extremely low.
Although Aromasin is seen as a nice anti estrogen for use during a cycle, many people who have already given it a go report experiencing strong lethargy during usage.
#2: Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate)
Clomid is basically a type of selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) that is orally administered and designed to stimulate ovulation in women. However, it triggers a boost in testosterone production when used by men because it prevents estrogen receptors at the hypothalamus to function like they should.
When the function of these estrogen receptors are hampered, the hypothalamus is stimulated to churn out more luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which play an essential role in the body’s natural testosterone production.
This is why Clomid is deemed as not just one of the most popular anti estrogen picks nowadays, but also one of the most effective. But the thing is compared to other anti estrogens, the effects of Clomid are slightly less potent than its counterparts. You will need to dose it higher when you’re using it during a cycle.
Nolvadex is originally formulated to treat hormone-responsive breast cancer. Also known as Tamoxifen Citrate, it is basically a type of selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) and deemed by bodybuilders and fitness buffs as the most effective anti estrogen option that you can use on a cycle.
What’s really interesting is Nolvadex plays two key roles in the body when taken during a cycle. First, it controls estrogen activity in some parts of the system where it can potentially cause some issues. Second, it actually acts as estrogen in certain parts to keep the body’s overall function up to par.
Moreover, figuring out the right dose for Nolvadex isn’t that tricky compared to other anti estrogens and it can be effective for use while cycling with whatever anabolic steroid or prohormone that you’ve got in your training program.