Why Post Cycle Therapy is so important after the cycle?
Most of the experienced bodybuilders know how important is the Post Cycle Therapy after a steroid cycle. But unfortunately, a lot of newbies that start using steroids omit this very important procedure. There is a ton of literature about anabolic steroids, how to use them and so on, about the PCT is less information and not everyone reads it.
The biggest problem is that young people starting from 18 years old see bodybuilders that have big muscle mass, lift heavyweight, look awesome, the cheeks are always near them, and want the same thing fast. The fist that comes in mind is that they have used steroids, why not try it too? Yes, of course at the moment it is not so hard to buy steroids locally or on the internet, there are a lot of sources that can sell them even without a prescription and everyone can buy them. 70% of the person who first started to use steroids have not read the information about that product, the side effects and so on. The only information important for them was what effect will they receive after using it and lots of sellers will sell you the product without telling you what side effects they have and how to protect against them.
Why Post Cycle Therapy is so important after the cycle?
PCT stands for Post Cycle Therapy and most it is to protect your body for severe bloat, gynecomastia, and hair fall.
The anabolic steroid users use it to fasten the hormonal recovery of their bodies after the cycle. As self-healing, the body will need at least 4 months and I would not recommend it.
What type of drugs are used in PCT after the steroid cycle?
1. SERMS - such as Tamox and Clomed block the effects of Estrogen at the pituitary gland, that on the other hand forces the pituitary to release more LH & FSH.
2. AI or Aromatase Inhibitors - such as Anastrozole also known as Arimidex, inhibit the release of the aromatase enzyme that converts androgens to estrogen and in turn, causes several of the infamous estrogenic side effects that steroids are known for, such as gynecomastia. It is used during the cycle and the PCT.
3. HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - is used as an exogenous form of LH that stimulates the testicles to release testosterone.
How to use them and what side effects they have?
Medically it is used to treat infertility in women, in men, it increases the sperm count and improves motility. That it is why it is so good to be used during the PCT, it will boost your testicles to start producing the testosterone much faster.
At the same time, it has some side effects that are more common for women. Such as vomiting, diarrhea, acne, nausea, headaches.
When to take clomed and how?
Commonly it is used after 2-3 weeks from the last time steroids used. It is done to give time for your body to clear out the synthetic testosterone esters that have been used during the cycle.
And it is used mostly 2-3 weeks, depending on the cycle length, products and dosages used. For simple cycles it should be used 250 mg the first day, the next 10 days 100 mg per day and the last 10 days 50 mg per day.
Medically it is used to treat breast cancer in women. In the bodybuilding world, it is used to suppress estrogen, that it is why it can be used during the cycle too. For PCT it boosts the testosterone level.
Side effects that can occur during the usage of tamox, and mostly it is common for women, headaches, constipation, skin irritation, upset stomach, nausea, depression, stomach cramps, loss of libido.
When to take tamox and how?
As Clomed it depends on the cycle length, products and dosages used. Give 2-3 weeks for the body to clear from the synthetic testosterone esters and start with 100 mg fist day, the next 10 days 40 mg per day and the last 10 days 20 mg per day. This is for simple cycles, for bigger once the dosages should be doubled.
Medically is used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Anastrozole decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers. That's why is so effective during the steroid cycle, it lowers the estrogen level that it is produced by the body during the usage of steroids.
Side effects that can occur during the usage of Anastrozole, joint pain or discomfort, headaches, vomiting, high blood pressure, depression.
When to take anastrozole?
Commonly it is used during the entire cycle, 0.5 mg EOD for standard cycles. For heavy cycles, the dosages should be doubled.
Medically is used mainly to treat fertility issues in women. On the other hand in men, it helps to recover the testosterone level faster. The presence of LH causes the Leydig cells in the gonads to produce testosterone. This effect also restores the size of the testes rather quickly if they were suppressed from a cycle.
Side effects of HCG are very friendly and rare, headaches, gastrointestinal issues and so on. Estrogen levels could increase and water retention if it is being used without the AI blockers or during the PCT.
When to take HCG?
The best is to start using it 3-4 weeks when the cycle should end and during the PCT. During the cycle, 1000 IU per week the last 3-4 weeks will be enough for most of the cycle. During the PCT, 5000 IU per week is recommended, 1000 per day. It can be injected IM or subcutaneous.
Expectations after Post Cycle Therapy?
Some will tell that they were disappointed after the PCT but don't be. PCT is made to heal and restore your natural hormonal balance and not to maintain the same effects during the cycle. Unfortunately, you will lose some of the gains but don't stop eating healthy and the gym. It is very important or you could lose all the gains that you have made during the cycle. You will have some lack of motivation and mood fluctuation. But after a couple of days, you will be back to normal.
When should I start Post Cycle Therapy?
Mostly it depends on the products that are used during the cycle. Injectable after 2-3 weeks from the last injection. Testosterone Propionate as it is a short ester the PCT can be started after a few days. After oral steroids, after 12 hours.
Below you can see the list of the products, when you need to start the cycle and for how long.
|Steroid||When to start after the last usage||PCT Length|
|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|
|Primobol||14 days||2 weeks|
|Equipoise||3 weeks||3-4 weeks|
|Trenbolone Acetate||3 days||3-4 weeks|
|Trenbolone Enanthate||3 weeks||3-4 weeks|
|Masteron||3 days||2-3 weeks|
|Deca-Durabolin||3 weeks||3-4 weeks|
|Oxandrolone||8-10 hours||2 weeks|
|Anapolon||8-9 hours||2 weeks|
|Winstrol||12 hours||2-3 weeks|
|Danabol||6-8 hours||3 weeks|
What if I don't do PCT? What could happen?
First, you can lose all the hard worked gains that you have made during the cycle, making it a waste of time, money and health. Second, as your testosterone level will drop you could have problems with the libido, high blood pressure, gynecomastia and so on.
My suggestions, use the PCT after each cycle. It is better for you and your body health.