Who Needs To Do PCT?
The purpose of post cycle therapy (PCT) is to reverse the effects that running anabolics likesteroids 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 aspossible 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 canfeel depressed, lose lean muscle tissue, gain body fat, experience erectile dysfunction, etc. Tomitigate these adverse side effects, a proper PCT must be utilized. Running a proper PCT makesall the difference when coming off your cycle, as it can be a mental and physical struggle forsome 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 willrequire a more aggressive PCT.
Short cycles, using mainly testosterone, SARM cycles, running low dosages of a few mildanabolics, and being younger would require a less aggressive PCT. PCT is unnecessary forwomen, as they produce much less testosterone via the ovaries and adrenal glands and do notexperience suppression like men do while administering anabolics. Other than women, the onlydemographic who wouldn’t require a PCT would be those individuals following hormonereplacement therapy (HRT). For anyone running a low therapeutic dosage of testosterone, it ispointless to come off just to go back on post PCT. Similarly, for those that follow a “blast andcruise” style protocol, PCT would be pointless. The cruising portion of the cycle is when you cycleoff all compounds except for a low dosage of testosterone, this is when most would be cycling offaltogether and running PCT. Your ideal cycle length is up to you, but most last between 3-6months. Unless you’re on doctor-prescribed HRT, cycling off all drugs regularly throughout theyear is recommended to maintain optimal health and give your body a needed break from themultiple stressors associated with anabolics.
When to Begin Your PCT
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 runningshort estered pre-contest drugs (acetate, propionate, phenylpropionate, etc.). In that case, theyshould be cleared out of your body within one week of cessation if running SARMs or an oral AAScycle like Dianabol or Anavar, the drug’s short half-life will allow you to start your PCT the day afterconsuming your last pill. A few compounds like specific testosterone blends, Deca, and EQ areattached to very long esters (undecanoate, decanoate, undecylenate, etc.); these compounds canstay in your system months after the end of your cycle. Starting a PCT prior to your anabolicdrugs being fully metabolized and excreted from your body is a complete waste of time andmoney—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 days2. Tamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex): 40 mg/day for weeks 1-2, 20 mg/day for weeks 3-43. Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid): 100 mg/day for weeks 1-2, 50 mg/day for weeks 3-4
Administration of PCT
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 andstore 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 tendays (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 40mg/day. Take these two compounds for the next 3-4 weeks, cutting the dosages in half for weeks3-4. If needed for an aggressive cycle, continue with 20 mg of Nolvadex per day for weeks 5-6. ForSARM/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 ofincreasing LH levels.
A typical PCT should be complete in 4-6 weeks for most people. At this point, see a doctor and getyour bloodwork done to see where your levels are at. If natural hormone levels are within therange, 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 youare willing to spend the money to alter your physiology and transform your physique, you shouldbe willing to spend the extra money to do it as safely and side-effect-free as possible. You cantake considerably longer to rebound post cycle by not running PCT while suffering from thenegative consequences of imbalanced hormone levels on the body and mind. For those whoabuse 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 youranabolic journey throughout your life and experience the many benefits these compounds canoffer if used responsibly and in moderation.