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Post Cycle Therapy Primer

Jun 14, 2008
Post cycle therapy (PCT) is a must for maximum benefits from any prohormone or steroid cycle! Anabolic steroids are the synthetic derivatives of the naturally occurring male anabolic hormone testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the secondary sex characteristics you see in males such as deep voice, body hair etc. Anabolic-androgenic steroids , hormones that boost muscle anabolism , have been used by professional and recreational athletes for decades. Periods of AAS use , referred to as steroid cycles , are employed to generate greater increases in strength and muscle hypertrophy .

PCT's are used to come off of a cycle of a (prohormone/prosteroid/anabolic-androgenic steroid) cycle. A PCT's function is not only to help maintain gains, but to bring your body back to where it would naturally be, or as close to that as possible, help prevent rebound effects, and control some of the other 'bad' effects a cycle can create. Post-cycle therapy will start the day after you stop taking your testosterone enhancers.

Hormone levels want to be in a precise balance, which includes the testosterone/estrogen balance. Many pro-hormones claim that their products cannot aromatize, thus leading you to a conclusion that you do not need to worry about estrogen. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers and should always be treated as such to avoid unwanted results.

Estrogen as well inhibits the production of natural testosterone, and in the period between the return of natural testosterone and the end of a cycle, a lot of mass is lost. So its in everybody's best interest to bring back natural test as soon as humanly possible.

Clomid and Nolvadex will reduce the post-cycle estrogen, so that the hypothalamus is stimulated to regenerate natural testosterone production in the body. That's basically how the mechanism works, nothing more, nothing less. 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.

Estrogen and its side effects can also be controlled by using an aromatase inhibitor such as Aromasin, Femara and Arimidex during cycles including aromatizing AAS. Prolactin and its side effects can be controlled by using an anti Prolactin such as Cabergoline (Dostinex) or Bromocriptine (Parodel) during cycles containing nandrolones. Estrogen rebound is tough on a guy. Lost gains are sometimes even tougher to take. Proper post cycle therapy can control both of these issues.

Post cycle therapies are necessary and should not in any way be taken lightly. When starting a cycle, you should always know your PCT and have it lined up ahead of time.
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