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What is a Post Cycle Therapy?
Post-cycle therapy or PCT is a complex of measures aimed at the fastest restoration of endogenous (own) testosterone production (testicular functionality) after taking anabolic steroids, minimizing the phenomenon of rebound and negative consequences of anabolic steroids and not only.
The author of the video above (KO Podcast channel) is covering everything you need to know about the PCT cycle and there are 3 main things to his opinion to a successful post cycle therapy: HCG, Clomid, and Nolva.
Here are our thoughts on how to do PCT cycle correctly.
Why do you need a PCT?
In the world of bodybuilding, there is such a notion as the “rebound” – loss of muscle mass and strength after a cycle of anabolic steroids.
The rebound process is inevitable but you can minimize it. To prevent it, you need to perform a PCT. A proper PCT will minimize rebound and help you keep most of what you gained on the cycle.
Although, if you act incorrectly, or worse, do nothing, you will lose most or all of what you have gained. It is always necessary to make a PCT, no matter how light or weak the cycle is.
Some sources on the Internet give the opinion that if it is the first cycle, or if the duration of the cycle does not exceed 6 weeks, and the drugs were not too “hard”, then you do not need any PCT or you can go just with the Tribulus.
This is a very dangerous misconception, which can lead to such bad consequences as:
- The Long recovery of exogenous hormone production and loss of all gained muscle mass
- Shifts in balance toward estrogen and subsequent fat gain
- Drop-in libido (erection problems)
What is the best PCT after cycle?
Should I take Clomid or Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)? Both drugs belong to the same class – selective modulators (blockers) of estrogen receptors.
As researches have shown, Clomid works better with estrogen receptors directly in a pituitary gland. Whereas Tamoxifen acts better in other tissues in the body.
Of the pros and cons of Tamoxifen and Clomid are the following:
1. The cheapness of Tamoxifen
2.Tamoxifen is the best anti-estrogen (since it blocks the receptors in the whole body)
3. Clomid and Tamoxifen are equal in potency
4. Tamoxifen lowers cholesterol levels.
5. Tamoxifen should not be used after Nandrolone and Trenbolone cycles, since it can increase the number of progesterone receptors. Accordingly, the risk of side effects increases.
6. Tamoxifen has high toxicity compared to Clomid.
7. Clomid is the most suitable for PCT after the Trenbolone, Nandrolone cycles.
The conclusion we can draw is that we should use Clomid after Nandrolone and Trenbolone cycles. In all the other cases it is better to use Tamoxifen.
Additionally, at the end of the PCT, you can use Tribulus in doses from 6000 mg per day. Tribulus has the property to influence the production of luteinizing hormone, which in turn leads to increased production of testosterone.
Very often I observe a picture where Tribulus is used as the only drug on the PCT. Remember once and for all! Tribulus can be used only as a supplement to anti-estrogens, but not as the only thing on the PCT!
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