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. With this in mind, it is easy to conclude that we would like to find a way to restore ones natural testosterone production to bring about a better environment for overall health and to maintain muscle tissue.
Clomiphene Citrate (clomid) and Tamoxifen (nolvadex) can be employed post cycle to help restore the users’ natural testosterone production. Because both are able to block estrogen at the hypothalamus and pituitary, thus ceasing negative feedback inhibition, we have drugs that can successfully increase FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) in the male body. Increased LH can help to stimulate the Leydig’s cells in the testes to produce more testosterone.
Many find just using nolvadex on its own efficient enough to recover from their cycles. Some, however, prefer to use both drugs to cover all angles. It is worth noting that nolvadex is more profound in stimulating an increase of LH, on a milligram to milligram standpoint, compared to that of clomid. Also, many users complain of side effects from clomid such as visual implications and mood swings.
When analysing the methods in which both drugs work to bring about raises in natural testosterone production it is easy to conclude some old-school approaches are flawed. Many users would use a burst of clomid mid cycle in the hope of it causing an increase in testosterone production to minimise shut down. The only use of clomid during a heavy androgenic cycle is as an anti-estrogen, not a mid-cycle aid against shut down, because the heighten levels of androgen will cause a feedback to the testes to cease production of testosterone regardless. Therefore, if androgen levels are high clomid will do very little in aiding production of natural testosterone. It will a lot more effective starting a PCT protocol when the androgen levels of the steroids drop, and this will be dependent on the half-life of the compounds the user used during their cycle.
Due to the half-life of clomid and nolvadex there is little need in splitting the dosages of the drug, just take when it’s most continent.
Dosages of nolvadex for PCT protocol:
|Following 10 days||60mg|
|Following 10 days||40mg|
The above is a sample protocol which could be employed. Obviously the cycle and other parameters may alter the dosages and duration of your post cycle protocol.
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As said above, many users like to use both nolvadex and clomid post cycle to cover all angles.
|Day 1||Clomid 250mg + Nolvadex 60mg|
|Following 10 days||Clomid 100mg + Nolvadex 40mg|
|Following 10 days||Clomid 50mg + Nolvadex 20mg|
This method should prove effective. That said, as with the nolvadex only protocol, it is not set in stone. More suppressive cycles may require higher doses or longer duration of use to bring about the desired effects.
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When you start the PCT protocol will depend on the compounds that were administrated in the cycle. Look up all steroids you used during your cycle in our table below, and take note of the drug which has the longest start date after last admission. This is so that we do not start a PCT protocol when there may still be potentially high levels of androgens in the system, which would make the PCT be a waste until the levels dropped.
See below for when to start your PCT protocol after ceasing your cycle:
|Steroid||When to start after last admission||Length of PCT|
|Testosterone Enanthate||2 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Cypionate||2 weeks||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Propionate||3 days||3 weeks|
|Testosterone Suspension||6-8 hours||3 weeks|
|Sustanon||3 weeks||3 weeks|
|Winstrol||12 hours||2/3 weeks|
|Dianabol||6-8 hours||3 weeks|
|Trenbolone||3 days||4 weeks|
|Deca durabolan||3 weeks||4 weeks|
|Primabolan depot||14 days||2 weeks|
|Anavar||8-10 hours||2 weeks|
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, is a peptide hormone which can be useful to bodybuilders who suffer from testicular atrophy whilst on cycle.
It was once commonly used during PCT in the belief it will aid testosterone restoration, however this is flawed due to its mechanism of action. The drug mimics the effects of LH in the body, stimulating the Leydig cells to produce testosterone in the testes. This can be fruitful in rectify existing, or avoiding testicular atrophy on cycle. It will not aid the process of recovery in the post cycle phase however, as the drug will bring about heightened estrogen levels due to the greater aromatising of the testosterone being produced in the testes, thus bringing about greater inhibition of the HPTA.
It is therefore wise to use HCG for rectify existing, or avoiding testicular atrophy on cycle, and possibly prior to PCT to help bring the testes back up to condition so they are more effective at producing testosterone. HCG use should be ceased about a week prior to PCT.
It is wise to use HCG in small but frequent amounts over the course of two weeks to help minimise side effects and give more fruitful results. This is usually accompanied by nolvadex at 20-40mg each day to avoid estrogen related side effects becoming pronounced due to the greater aromatisation occurring. 500-1000IU over a two week period should prove effective in terms of results and minimising estrogen related side effects.
Whether you are a newbie to steroid world or an experienced bodybuilder, your goal is to get the most of 2019 by using the best steroid cycles. We’ve put together a list of best steroid stacks along with short instructions and warnings signs you should be aware of. Whatever effect you want to achieve – bulking, cutting, increase strength – or your level is, you will definitely find the best steroid stack which includes well-known compounds or more recent ones.
Most important things first:
Adjust your diet to your new regimen. Make sure your diet is ideal if you are about to gain muscle or reach a better definition. Since diet plays a pivotal role, neglecting it will slow down your building process and make steroids less effective. In a closer future we will write an article about the most common misconceptions when talking about diet for muscle building.
Train hard and regularly. Steroids enhance your body’s abilities to build muscle, but they do not do the whole job by their self. In order to bulk, cut or get stronger you still need to work hard in the gym for at least 3 times a week in 45 minutes sessions.
Gynecomastia and water retention. Since these are some of the most common effects of most of the anabolics, keeping a close eye on them will help you spot the issues and prevent them before it’s getting too late.
Tamoxifen should be used in a dosage of 20mg per day until gyno symptoms disappear, and continue with 10mg until the end of the cycle. Clomid and HCG are recommended for use at the end of the cycle to prevent muscle loss, restore natural testosterone production and keep under control the above-mentioned side-effects.
You will find lots of ways to take Clomid, however, we can recommend this schedule: 100mg daily for the first week, then lower the dosage to 50mg daily for the next 2 weeks. As for HCG, its usage is recommended during the last cycling week in a 3x2500iu dosage weekly.
Here we provide you information about 5 best steroids stacks for 2018:
Best Steroid Stacks for 2019
1.- Muscle Building Beginner Stack: Deca + Test
Deca Durabolin (200-400mg) + Testosterone Enanthate (500mg)
3 times a week: 100mg of Deca + 250mg of Test mixed into same syringe + 200mg of Deca
This is the most common steroid stack recommended for those who are their first experience with steroid cycles. Safe and classical but still very effective, Deca and Testosterone use help to bulk, but also burn fat very efficiently.
Going with lower dosage can work great for first-time users while sticking to a 400mg of Deca per week is the golden ground to follow.
Some aromatization is possible, that’s why keep Nolvadex on hand. Give Clomid a shot for 7-10 days after cycling is done.
2.- Muscle Building Beginner Stack II: Deca + Test + Dianabol
Deca Durabolin (200-400mg) + Testosterone Enanthate (500mg) + Dianabol (30mg)
3 times a week: 250mg of test + 100mg of Deca mixed into the same syringe
Daily (6 weeks): 30mg of Dianabol
A perfect for muscle building stack, Dianabol addition serves as a kickstarter, providing amazing results until Deca and test start to respond. Being an oral, Dianabol use is limited to the 6 weeks with one day off per week.
The best is to split daily dosage of Dianabol into 3 intakes, because of its short life. In order to increase its effectiveness, take it before or after a protein-rich meal.
Take 10mg of Nolvadex or Tamoxifen daily to reduce water retention effect caused by Dianabol and Test. Also, during PCT take Clomid starting with the 10th day of the cycle for the next 2 weeks.
3.- Best Cutting Cycle: Testosterone + Trenbolone + Winstrol
Testosterone Propionate (100mg) + Trenbolone-Acetate (75mg) + Winstrol (50mg daily)
3 times a week: 100mg EOD of Test-Prop + 75mg EOD of Tren-Acetate
Daily: 50mg of Winstrol (7-12 weeks)
This will be known as one of the best steroid cycles for cutting in 2019. You will be surprised at the results, especially if you pay big attention to your diet.Post Cycle Therapy should start right after ending the cycle with 500iu of HCG taken daily throughout 10 days.
This best cutting cycle gives you amazing results if you follow all the instructions properly.
4.- Strength and Cutting Cycle II: Test +Winstrol
Testosterone Enanthate 500mg (1-12 week) + Winstrol 50mg per day (7-12 week)
Simple but very effective best cutting cycle for reaching a cut physique, and for increasing overall strength. No wonder that in 2019 it remains one of the first choices of bodybuilders for contest preparation. Since Winstrol is an oral, make sure you add some liver cleansers to your diet. As for PCT, a 40mg daily intake of Nolvadex for the first 2 weeks is recommended, and 20mg for the third week.
5.- Standalone Cycles: Test and Tren
Never old fashioned steroid cycles, which remain popular in 2019 because of their low cost and ability to control side effects.
A 500mg per week for long cycles (8-12 weeks). You are to adjust dosage to your goals, but going with this amount is safe and very effective. Arimidex use for aromatization may be needed, and Nolvadex uses during PCT ( 40mg daily intake of Nolvadex for the first 2 weeks is recommended, and 20mg for the third week).
Perfect for cutting purpose with amazing cutting effects, Tren is a first choice for most of the bodybuilders. A dosage of 300mg per week during a 6 weeks cycle is considered safe enough to keep away from side effects as low libido, increased aggression, and poor sleep.
PCT is a must in case of Tren, so make sure you take:
Despite being quite simple, the best steroid cycles in 2019 will provide great results, being used by the vast majority of bodybuilders.
In order to enjoy big muscle gains and stay free of side effects, follow the post cycle therapy recommendations we have put down for you. Because caution is the mother of safe muscle building.