What is PCT?
PCT or Post Cycle Therapy is the process of rebalancing the bodies hormones after a supplemented training cycle.
And it is absolutely necessary after any Anabolic Steroid cycle and any SARM cycle that effects your testosterone levels (such as LGD-4033, RAD140, YK11 and S23).
PCT helps you keep your gains by normalizing your hormone levels, boosting your testosterone levels back up and rejuvenates your liver.
PCT is one of the most important (yet often overlooked ) aspects of a complete, successful supplemented training cycle.
What do I use for PCT?
Nolvadex, also known as Tamoxifen Citrate is by far extremely popular when it comes to post cycle therapy (PCT).
Although primarily an estrogen blocker, Nolvadex also possess strong testosterone stimulating characteristics.
Nolvadex has the ability to block the negative feedback that is brought on by estrogen at the hypothalamus and pituitary. As a result, this stimulates the bodies natural production of testosterone, helping maintain the gains made during your training cycle.
For all intense purposes Nolvadex and Clomid are almost identical; sure, there are some differences, most notably in the milligram for milligram potency but this can very easily be adjusted. Regardless of the form you choose, in most cases the primary reason to ever supplement with Nolvadex and Clomid is for Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) needs.
Of course there are other uses for Nolvadex, such as on-cycle Gynecomastia prevention but we are focusing on its use for PCT here.
Nolvadex 4 week PCT cycle
Week 1 - 40mg/day
Week 2 - 40mg/day
Week 3 - 20mg/day
Week 4 - 20mg/day
When should I start my PCT with Nolvadex?
The correct time to commence depends on the type and cycle of steroids or SARMS you have been using. Different steroids have different half-lifes (indicates the time a substance diminishes in blood).
It is crucial to wait for androgen levels to fall before implementing Nolvadex for the purposes of PCT. However, if taken too late you could possibly lose gains.
This is purely a guide, you should always check what your supplier of your particular products says.
Number of days after end of cycle:
SARMS - 1 day
Anadrol50/Anapolan50 - 1 day
Anavar - 10 hours
Deca durabolan - 3 weeks
Dianabol - 8 hours
Equipoise - 20 days
Finajet/Trenbolone - 3 days
Primabolan depot - 12 days
Sustanon - 3 weeks
Testosterone Cypionate - 2 weeks
Testosterone Enanthate - 2 weeks
Testosterone Propionate - 3 days
Testosterone Suspension - 8 hours
Winstrol - 12 hours
Other drugs used by Bodybuilders and Athletes
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, is a peptide hormone which can be useful to bodybuilders who suffer from testicular atrophy whilst on cycle. Thats where your testicles shrink down really small and yes it happens.
It was once commonly used during PCT in the belief it will aid testosterone restoration, however this is flawed due to its mechanism of action. So we don't recommend HCG for PCT.
However HCG is good to rectify existing atrophy while on cycle, and possibly prior to PCT to help bring the testes back up to condition so they are more effective at producing testosterone. HCG use should be ceased about a week prior to PCT.
It is wise to use HCG in small but frequent amounts over the course of two weeks to help minimise side effects and give more fruitful results. This is usually accompanied by nolvadex at 20-40mg each day to avoid oestrogen related side effects becoming pronounced due to the greater aromatisation occurring. Yes, HCG has its own bad side effects, only use if absolutely necessary.
500-1000IU of HCG over a two week period should prove effective in terms of reducing testicular atrophy.
Not a steroid but an asthma medication. Basically, Clenbuterol is not an anabolic but an anti-catabolic, (i.e. — it reduces the amount of muscle destroying messages in the body) Also Clenbuterol acts as a fat burner, specifically a type of fat known as “brown fat” which is
the fat used by the body as fuel. This is done by increasing the body’s temperature to act as a furnace, a true fat burner.
Tablets usually come in 20mcg or 40mcg pills. The dosages and regime depend on your primary use of Clenbuterol, muscle builder or fat burner.
Muscle building regime is 80 to 120 mcg's per day, starting with one 20mcg tablet per day and adding a further 20mcg tablet to the dosage each day until the desired peak dosage is reached. Maintain max dosage for 12 days and then alternate 2 days on, 2 days off for up to 4 weeks.
Those concerned with fat burning would maintain the dosage day in day out for the duration of the course. At this point receptor sites are usually full and a 2-week break is needed before repeating the course.
Clenbuterol use for weight loss/fat burning has been made popular by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Britney Spears.