Who Needs To Do PCT?
The purpose of post cycle therapy (PCT) is to reverse the effects that running anabolics like steroids and SARMs can have relating to the suppression of your natural testosterone production. The idea is that during PCT your natural hormone levels should return to ideal ranges as soon as possible after the completion of your cycle. Coming off cycle can leave you feeling horrible, especially if you don’t follow a proper PCT. As the exogenous hormones clear your body, you can feel depressed, lose lean muscle tissue, gain body fat, experience erectile dysfunction, etc. To mitigate these adverse side effects, a proper PCT must be utilized. Running a proper PCT makes all the difference when coming off your cycle, as it can be a mental and physical struggle for some users. Your ideal PCT protocol will be determined by a few factors; the length of your cycle, the compounds and dosages used, and your age and genetics. Generally, the longer the process, the more advanced the cycle and compounds, the higher the dosages, and the older you are will require a more aggressive PCT.
Short cycles, using mainly testosterone, SARM cycles, running low dosages of a few mild anabolics, and being younger would require a less aggressive PCT. PCT is unnecessary for women, as they produce much less testosterone via the ovaries and adrenal glands and do not experience suppression like men do while administering anabolics. Other than women, the only demographic who wouldn’t require a PCT would be those individuals following hormone replacement therapy (HRT). For anyone running a low therapeutic dosage of testosterone, it is pointless to come off just to go back on post PCT. Similarly, for those that follow a “blast and cruise” style protocol, PCT would be pointless. The cruising portion of the cycle is when you cycle off all compounds except for a low dosage of testosterone, this is when most would be cycling off altogether and running PCT. Your ideal cycle length is up to you, but most last between 3-6 months. Unless you’re on doctor-prescribed HRT, cycling off all drugs regularly throughout the year is recommended to maintain optimal health and give your body a needed break from the multiple stressors associated with anabolics.
When to Begin Your Post Cycle Therapy?
Begin your post-cycle therapy tailored to the longest ester of whatever AAS you were taking. Generally, after three weeks of cessation, most long estered compounds (enanthate, cypionate, etc.) should be out of your system, and now you can begin a proper PCT. Suppose you are running short estered pre-contest drugs (acetate, propionate, phenylpropionate, etc.). In that case, they should be cleared out of your body within one week of cessation if running SARMs or an oral AAS cycle like Dianabol or Anavar, the drug’s short half-life will allow you to start your PCT the day after consuming your last pill. A few compounds like specific testosterone blends, Deca, and EQ are attached to very long esters (undecanoate, decanoate, undecylenate, etc.); these compounds can stay in your system months after the end of your cycle. Starting a PCT prior to your anabolic drugs being fully metabolized and excreted from your body is a complete waste of time and money—ensure you wait until the drugs are out of your system.
Compounds Used in PCT
1. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG): 1-2,000 iu/eod for 10 days
2. Tamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex): 40 mg/day for weeks 1-2, 20 mg/day for weeks 3-4
3. Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid): 100 mg/day for weeks 1-2, 50 mg/day for weeks 3-4
Administration of Post Cycle Therapy
Draw 1 ml (100 iu) of bacteriostatic water and inject it into an HCG vial using any syringe type. Wait 5-10 minutes for the drug to become fully reconstituted. It is fragile, so be gentle with it and store it in the fridge when not being used.
With a 29-31 gauge insulin syringe, administer 1-2,000 iu of HCG every other day for the first ten days (5-10,000 iu). Injections can be either subcutaneous or intramuscular.
After the HCG phase is complete, take the SERM Clomid at 100 mg/day and Nolvadex at 40 mg/day. Take these two compounds for the next 3-4 weeks, cutting the dosages in half for weeks 3-4. If needed for an aggressive cycle, continue with 20 mg of Nolvadex per day for weeks 5-6. For SARM/oral AAS-only cycles, you may only need 2 of 3 compounds (HCG and Clomid or Nolvadex) depending on personal preference. Generally, Nolvadex is stronger and does a better job of increasing LH levels.
A typical PCT should be complete in 4-6 weeks for most people. At this point, see a doctor and get your bloodwork done to see where your levels are at. If natural hormone levels are within the range, your PCT has been a success.
Summing It Up
For responsible users of anabolic compounds running a post-cycle therapy is a no-brainer. If you are willing to spend the money to alter your physiology and transform your physique, you should be willing to spend the extra money to do it as safely and side-effect-free as possible. You can take considerably longer to rebound post cycle by not running PCT while suffering from the negative consequences of imbalanced hormone levels on the body and mind. For those who abuse anabolics, they may not ever fully rebound without the support that a proper PCT can give.
Remember to be safe and responsible with anabolic steroid/SARM use, so you can continue your anabolic journey throughout your life and experience the many benefits these compounds can offer if used responsibly and in moderation.