Post Cycle Therapy (PCT)
Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) is a period of treatment that follows the use of anabolic steroids. When using anabolic steroids, the natural testosterone production is suppressed. Due to this suppression factor, most men include at least a minimal amount of testosterone in their steroid cycle. The outside source of testosterone provides the body with what it needs. However, once the steroid use comes to an end, body is still naturally suppressing the production of testosterone. And that is the purpose of Post Cycle Therapy (PCT), to stimulate natural testosterone production so that we are not left in a low testosterone state.
Post-cycle therapy (PCT)
Post-cycle therapy (PCT) is the process of recovery of body’s own capacities for pituitary gonadotropins (FSH and LH) and testosterone synthesis, the blood qualities and the liver condition. Post-cycle therapy (PCT) is necessary on completion of any anabolic steroid cycle. Based on the steroids used, there are several types of cycles.
Very mild post-cycle therapy (very mild PCT)
Very mild PCT is applicable in case of recovery from very light steroids, such as Oxandrolone or Turinabol taken up to 6 weeks. Post cycle therapy in this case should include 25mg of Clomid for a duration of 15 days. The post cycle therapy should start on third day from the end of steroid cycle.
Mild post-cycle therapy (mild PCT)
Mild PCT is applicable in case of recovery from light steroids, such as Stanozolol taken up to 6 weeks. Post cycle therapy in this case should include 25mg of Clomid for a duration of 30 days. The post cycle therapy should start on third day from the end of steroid cycle.
Medium post-cycle therapy (medium PCT)
Medium PCT is recommended for short or long cycles of solo oral or injectable Testosterone or Stanazolol solo cycles exceeding 2 months. Post cycle therapy in this case should include 50mg of Clomid for a duration of 30 days, follwed by 25mg of Clomid for the next 30 days. After taking Testosterone Propionate, the post cycle therapy should start in 4 days. In case of Testosterone Cypionate or Testosterone Enanthate, the post cycle therapy should start in 2 weeks.
Heavy post-cycle therapy (heavy PCT)
Heavy PCT is adviced for steroid cycles lasting more than 12 weeks that include any of the following: a long ester testosterone with oral steroids, short testosterone ester with oral steroids, testosterone with Nandrolone and Trenbolone, a combination of several androgens such as Testosterone and Boldenone or cycles including Oxymetholone. Post cycle therapy in this case should include 100 mg of Clomid for the first 15 days, then 50 mg of Clomid for 30 days, and finally 25 mg of Clomid for the next 30 days.
Very heavy post-cycle therapy (very heavy PCT)
Very heavy PCT applies only if you use long esters of Nandrolone or Trenbolone without the use of testosterone, using any testosterone esters with oral medications for more than 12 weeks or any other administration of solo testosterone lasting between 3 and 4 months. At the end of the cycle, you should start with 150mg of Clomid for the first 5 days, followed by 100 mg of Clomid for 15 days, 30 mg of Clomid during 50 days and 25 mg for the next 30 days.
What is a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT)?
Post-Cycle Therapy, or PCT for short, refers to the practice of using certain medications to assistant in the discontinuance of anabolic steroids. While steroids are not addictive drugs in a classical sense, they do suppress your own hormone production, at least temporarily. This is an issue that should be addressed at the conclusion of use. If the steroids are discontinued abruptly without addressing internal hormone production, the result could be a prolonged state of hypogonadism (low androgen levels) characterized by a substantial loss of muscle mass, reduced energy levels, depression, and impaired libido/sexual functioning. Steroid using bodybuilders refer to this as the “post cycle crash”.
The suppression of natural testosterone synthesis by steroid use is typically a temporary phenomenon. Even if you do nothing, your body’s normal androgen synthesis will usually return a few to several months after the cycle is concluded. The problem is, this can be a very long time when you are relying on testosterone for so many things, including the maintenance of muscle tissue. In fact, much of the muscle mass achieved during AAS administration can be lost in the weeks and months to follow if low androgen levels are left unchecked. Post-Cycle Therapy is widely used by bodybuilders and athletes to stimulate the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular Axis HPTA, so normal hormone production levels may come back more quickly.