Sunday, March 9, 2008

Post cycle therapy PCT

Post cycle therapy PCT after dbol only cycle

After a steroid user has finished a cycle his natural production of hormones particularly testosterone is suppressed and needs to be restore to its original state quickly to minimise some of the post cycle side effects such as depression and loss in strength and weight. Post cycle therapy is an after cycle drug regime which is designed to do this and is in my opinion more important from the cycle itself. I would rather be moderately big and my balls still work then look like the hulk and have pea sized nuts.

The 2 main drugs used for PCT are Tamoxifen (nolvadex) and Clomid.
There are others but these two are considered to be the best.Clomid and Nolvadex are both anti-estrogens belonging to the same group of triphenylethylene compounds.
They are structurally related and specifically classified as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) with mixed agonistic and antagonistic properties. This means that in certain tissues they can block the effects of estrogen, by altering the binding capacity of the receptor, while in others they can act as actual estrogens, activating the receptor.
In men, both of these drugs act as anti-estrogens in their capacity to oppose the negative feedback of estrogens on the hypothalamus and stimulate the heightened release of GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone). LH output by the pituitary will be increased as a result, which in turn can increase the level of testosterone by the testes.
Both drugs do this, but for some reason bodybuilders persist in thinking that Clomid is the only drug good at stimulating testosterone.
What you will find with a little investigation however is that not only is Nolvadex useful for the same purpose, it should actually be the preferred agent of the two.

PCT Protocol
The normal protocol for clomid is:
day 1 300mg
day 2-11 100mg ed (every day)
day 12-21 50 mg ed
Doses split throughout the day.

This should be followed by a significant time off of steroids to allow the body to recover. The rule is that a cycle should not be started with out the PCT material as if you have to cut a cycle short for any reason you can still recover. When PCT should be started all depends on the half-life of the substance. The half-life is the time it takes the substance to break down by half. Testosterone enthanate has a halflife of about 2 weeks so it is suggested this is when the PCT should begin. If started before hand the Test will still be in your system and still suppressing your natural levels so PCT would have little effect. Dianabol on the other hand had a very short half life so PCT can be started the day after the last dose.

So at the end of my dbol only cycle i ended it day 36 and started PCT on day 37