With more and more people taking advantage of everything that anabolic steroids have to offer, we take a look at how Nolvadex and Clomid can help return Testosterone to normal during PCT.
And understanding that they aren’t quite the faceless bogeyman that the media has made them out to be, the need for Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) has never been quite as important as it is today.
In the early days of anabolic steroid use PCT wasn’t even on the radar. Throughout the 50s and up on till about the late 80s, anabolic steroid users were really kind of taking advantage of steroids on a “trial by fire” kind of basis. They fooled around with these supplements, tested different methodologies to see what they were really capable of, and generally pioneered the anabolic landscape that we know today.
However, in nearly 80s (and especially in the 90s) anabolic steroid users, doctors, and researchers started to analyze and appreciate how the use of anabolic steroids affected the endocrine system. For decades and decades, most in the anabolic world understood that there was a link between anabolic usage and negative feedback loops in the body, but they had no real idea of what was causing this negative feedback loop or what could be done to prevent or reverse it.
What makes Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) so important?
Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth today.
Anabolic users, researchers, and scientists all over the world now understand the impact that long-term anabolic use has on the body, but they also understand the negative side effects that these steroids can cause as well.
Long-term use of anabolics will inevitably result in negative side effects showcasing themselves in the Hypothalamic Pituitary Testicular Axis (HPTA) and then natural testosterone production would slow down or shut down completely without “cycling off”.
Your body could quite literally get used to synthetic testosterone being pumped into the body so much so that it just stops making its own – and instead focuses almost entirely on “balancing” that testosterone out with estrogen.
That’s where PCT comes into play, and why it is so absolutely mission critical that you’re sure to take advantage of PCT as you use anabolic steroids.
Avoiding a hormonal crash
At the end of the day, the use of anabolic steroids is going to wreak havoc on your body’s natural levels of hormones – but that’s exactly what they have been designed to do.
Unfortunately, after a cycle of anabolic steroids, you’re likely to deal with a hormonal crash, especially if you aren’t going through PCT. As mentioned above, your testosterone and estrogen levels (naturally produced in the body) will be all over the place, and you run the risk of shutting down key processes in the body that need to operate for you to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Estrogen levels will be through the roof, cortisol levels will be all over the place, and you’ll generally feel sluggish, worn out, and fatigued around-the-clock.
The only real way to effectively avoid this hassle and headache is to move forward with PCT, using the right “cocktail” of testosterone boosting agents to give you the kind of natural levels you need without crippling your body any further. This is a bit of a delicate tightrope to walk, but one that you’ll be able to do so with minimal testing and experimentation.
At the end of PCT, you should feel better than brand-new and ready to get right back after it safely.
Three major testosterone boosting agents for HPTA during PCT
Before we get into the three major testosterone boosting agents you’ll want to use to improve your HPTA, it’s important for you to understand there are going to be three factors that play a big role in how you’ll need to move through PCT.
- How your body responds individually to the anabolic steroids and the testosterone boosting agents
- The kind of anabolic steroids that have been used during the up cycle and
- The actual length and the duration of the cycle itself
There’s just no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” solution for those that use testosterone supplements through PCT or during the “up cycle” of anabolic steroids. You’ll need to fiddle a little bit with your PCT program until you get the kinds of results that you are looking for.
As far as the three major testosterone boosting agents you’ll want to use to even out your HPTA through PCT are concerned, you’ll want to go with:
- Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs)
- Aromatase inhibitors and
- Human Chorionic Gondatropin (HCG)
Powerful drugs that help to better inhibit and modulate estrogen production and its impact on the body, SERMs like Nolvadex and Clomid work to block and inhibit estrogen on a cellular level.
Nolvadex works to inhibit estrogen in the liver, whereas Clomid acts more as a “free safety” – seeking out estrogen wherever it may be and making sure that it doesn’t have a negative impact on your body during PCT.
As mentioned above, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution that will guarantee you PCT success. However, as a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to use around 100 mg of Clomid every single day, compared to just 20 mg of Nolvadex. You aren’t going to want to mix and match these drugs, but instead choose one or the other moving forward to give you the results that you are after.
As always, speak to a medical professional before jumping right in.