Post cycle therapy is a method of employing drugs which work via various mechanisms to go about trying to stabilise and restore a user’s hormones back to normal once a suppressive anabolic androgenic steroid cycle has been ceased. Once a user has ceased use of anabolic androgenic steroids they are left in a situation where their natural testoste...
Post cycle therapy is a method of employing drugs which work via various mechanisms to go about trying to stabilise and restore a user’s hormones back to normal once a suppressive anabolic androgenic steroid cycle has been ceased. Once a user has ceased use of anabolic androgenic steroids they are left in a situation where their natural testosterone production has been suppressed, sometimes severely. Furthermore, the levels of steroids are forever diminishing in their system, leaving the user in a very catabolic state post cycle, which may reflect in their ability to maintain muscle mass gained whilst on cycle.
Arimidex (Anastrozole) is a powerful anti-estrogen medication originally created to fight breast cancer. It is used as a treatment to restore natural testosterone levels following a cycle of steroids or hormones, and also to control estradiol levels (reducing side effects) during a cycle. It can protect against prevent side effects gynecomastia, water retention, and others. It’s an essential supplement and safeguard in anabolic steroids cycles.
Clomid (Clomiphene citrate) is a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) used by bodybuilders and athletes as an anti-estrogen to restore the body’s normal testosterone production following a steroid cycle. It is used as a key part of Post Cycle Therapy to recover. It’s very effective at combating side effects by reducing the overall amount of estrogen in the body.
Aromasin (exemestane) is a competitive inhibitor of peripheral estrogen receptors. Exemestane, like Arimidex (Anastrozole), is an aromatase inhibitor and its mission is to stop the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Exemestane also increases the testosterone level of 60%, thus accelerating the restoration of testosterone. Action of the Exemestane:
Increased hardness and texture of the muscles
Increased muscle mass
Fight against fat deposits
Prevention against feminization
Improvement of liver function
Finasteride is the generic version of the well known brand, Propecia. Finasteride works by preventing testosterone being converted to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which allows the hair follicles to regain their normal size. Studies have shown Finasteride 1mg can increase hair growth, and can also improve how people think their hair looks. It can take three to six months of treatment with Finasteride 1mg before an effect is seen. The balding process usually resumes within six to 12 months if treatment is stopped. Side effects for Finasteride 1mg are uncommon.
The obvious use of course being to stimulate the production of endogenous testosterone. The activity of HCG in the male body is due to its ability to mimic LH (luteinizing hormone), a pituitary hormone that stimulates the Leydig’s cells in the testes to manufacture testosterone. Restoring endogenous testosterone production is a special concern at the end of each steroid cycle, a time when a subnormal androgen level (due to steroid induced suppression) could be very costly. The main focus with HCG is to restore the normal ability of the testes to respond to endogenous luteinizing hormone. After a long period of inactivity, this ability may have been seriously reduced. The usual protocol is to inject 1500-3000 I.U. every 4′” or 5t” day, for a duration usually no longer than 2 or 3 weeks.
First of all, it was proven to reduce estrogen levels by 98% or more. Indeed, decreased estrogen in the body eliminates the side effects of steroids such as water retention, gynecomastia, and acne. This makes Letrozole one of the best anti-estrogens on the market, even for very difficult cycles. Also, if you participate in bodybuilding competitions, Letrozole helps to have a dry and striated muscle. The effective dose of letrozole is 2.5 to 5mg daily. If you exceed this dose, there may be a risk of loss of libido. Also if you keep your estrogen levels too low for too long, you will end up weakening your immune system. Note that letrozole can also be used in post-cycle therapy. Indeed letrozole increases LH and FSH (which are hormones that boost your testes to produce more testosterone). Letrozole is 2 to 5 times more potent than anastrozole (arimidex) and lasts longer in the body, but take some time to start.
Proviron (Mesterolone) is one of the oldest and the most popular anabolic/androgenic steroids with unique multi-purpose characteristics. It’s an incredibly effective enhancer of testosterone and other steroids. It has an undeniable advantage in cutting cycles because of its effectiveness in antagonizing the aromatase enzyme, thereby disrupting its function.
Essential phospholipids (EPLs) derived from soya beans. Phospholipids are the building blocks of the liver cell membrane. They are a class of lipids (fats) that serve an extremely important function in our body. May provide cognitive support and help maintain healthy brain function. Supports cardiovascular health and supports healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Helps support healthy cellular growth and fat and cholesterol metabolism. Supports muscle recovery and can help replenish choline in the blood after intense exercise, supporting healthy energy levels.
Nolvadex is a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) known as Tamoxifen Citrate. Many bodybuilders use Nolvadex as a part of their steroid cycle and PCT plan (Post Cycle Therapy), as an anti-estrogen to prevent side effects and to restore the body’s natural production of testosterone. It’s one of the bodybuilder’s favorites in a standard support and recovery plan.