The Importance of Post Cycle Therapy
Posted by cpaddon on November 5, 2012
It seems lately a lot of people have been wondering about the best way to run their post cycle therapy; Hopefully this will simplify it.
There are only about 4 ways to do a proper pct, the differences simply relate to how many cycles you’ve done and how suppressive your cycle you choose is.
Pct definitely varies from person to person, the trick is finding what is right for you . Ancillaries always have a varying effectiveness on one person vs another.
Selective Estrogren Receptor Modulator
The idea of these products for pct is quite simply that they act as an anti-estrogen in our body. How they act depends on the compound and tissue that compound is in, however will have generally the same effect overall.
Basically, these S.E.R.M’s compete with estrogen for the estrogen receptor and always wins. In plain English, meaning it will attach itself to the receptor before estrogen has a chance. Estrogen will still circulate in the bloodstream but won’t be able to attach itself for anything.
This process tricks your body into thinking there’s no estrogen, and as a result your body will think it needs to make more. The only way we can make more estrogen is by producing testosterone to convert to estrogen.
This process is how these products stimulate the production of LH & FSH, which are hormones in our body that regulate test production; aka the higher the amount of LH and FSH, the higher faster the rate of test production (naturally).
To summarize: SERM’s stimulate LH and FSH which speeds up natural test production
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)
HCG comes in powder form. It is then mixed with certain type’s of water to make a solution. These solutions are then injected into the subcutaneous body tissue.
HCG mimics the LH signal. Basically what you are doing when you inject HCG is injecting an exogenous source of fake LH. This fake LH will signal the testes to produce testosterone even though you’re on suppressive compound’s (Test is suppressive because when you inject it, your body stops natural production). Keep in mind it is LH and FSH that are suppressed by steroids.
Since the body recognizes this compound as its own LH it will simultaneously tell the body not to produce LH. Therefore HCG is suppressive to our endogenous LH signal.
HCG will also stimulate the pituitary. GNRH is a hormone received by the pituitary. Once the pituitary receives this hormone it will send out the LH and FSH signal.
HCG will stimulate pituitary but it will stimulate pituitary at a much higher speed when total serum levels are on falling. Basically when you stop injecting steroids, the level of that steroid in our body will slowly decline, at a rate that depends on ester length.
AI (Aromatase Inhibitors)
For this discussion we will only talk about Aromasin since it is by far and wide the most popularly used as far as AI’s are concerned.
Since Aromasin is a suicidal inhibitor its effectiveness is not altered by the use of a SERM. When type II inhibitors such as Letro and Adex are used in conjunction with a SERM their effectiveness is substantially weakened.
AI’s will attach themselves to the aromatase enzyme. This will slow the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, therefore lowering total estrogen levels (which is what we want).
Once a suppressive compound has left our bodies (during SERM treatment) the testosterone to estrogen ratio is imbalanced. This means our estrogen is higher than our testosterone. This is why we feel like crap during this time.
In an attempt to keep this ratio somewhat normal I suggest taking Aromasin alongside your SERM. This should help ease the “pain” during SERM treatment. Aromasin has also been shown to raise testosterone levels, although only temporarily.
Ok now that we got that out of the way we can talk about the different types of stacks you should be running for your pct..
First we will talk about SERM treatment
SERM treatment will be a part of every single cycle you ever do. It is the most basic form of PCT. SERM dosages will never change depending on the cycle, only the timing of when to start your SERM treatment changes.
Light cycles and first and second timer’s
A light cycle to me is a cycle with testosterone only, Anavar or Primo. Since I would never recommend any cycle without testosterone I will only provide timing for the different ester’s of testosterone.
This is a PCT for those that don’t want to play with HCG on their cycle. Many many people use only a SERM to recover form testosterone only cycles and recover rather quickly.
5-7 days after last injection start SERM treatment.
Testosterone enanthate & cypionate
start your SERM treatment 14-16 days after your last injection
21-30 days after your last injection start your SERM treatment.
#1 clomid at 50mg per day for 4-6 weeks.
#2 Torime at 30-50mg every day for 5 weeks.
#3 Nolva at 40mg for 2 weeks then 20mg for 3 more weeks.
It is my opinion that everyone should run 25mg of Aromasin every day during their SERM treatment right from the beginning to the end. You don’t HAVE to do this, but it is strongly recommended if you can get your hands on it.
As I said before every cycle must have one of the SERM treatments above. You will start your SERM treatment depending on the ester length of your testosterone. HCG will not have an impact on changing your SERM treatment. We will simply add HCG to our current PCT.
HCG for light cycles. Choose one of the following. #2 is best buts it not always practical for new guys.
#1 Use 500iu of HCG every day for the 10 days leading up to the day 4 days before your SERM treatment.
#2 Use 500iu’s a week of HCG for your entire cycle. Then use 500iu’s every day for the 10 days leading up to day 4 days before SERM treatment.
HCG for heavy cycles.
I consider any cycle with a progesterone, 3 or more compounds or any cycle that includes any compounds that are not in the light cycle category, a “heavy” cycle.
Use 1,000 iu’s a week during the cycle. Do this for 5 consecutive weeks, take a week off and start again. If you get 5,000 iu bottles of HCG you will simply run 1,000iu’s a week until the bottle is gone, then take a week off and start a new bottle. Do this throughout the entire cycle, from day 1.
Blast Phase Part 2 of HCG for heavy cycles. This phase should be ran in addition to the weekly dose during the heavy cycle.
Blast your HCG during the time period you are waiting for the suppressive compounds to leave your system. This is the time period starting the day after your last injection up until 4 days before SERM treatment. The blast Phase should consist of one of the following:
#1 500iu’s every day.
#2 750iu’s every day.
#3 1,000iu’s every other day.
#4 1,500iu’s every other day.
Since HCG directly stimulate’s aromatization in the leydig cells, some people can develop Gyno when taking high doses of HCG. You need to get a sense of how sensitive you are to HCG when determining how you want to run your blast phase. If you are sensitive start with every day dosing.
There are 3 reasons to run a blast phase of HCG
#1 To test the testicles to see if they are still able to produce testosterone at their maximum capacity; If they cannot produce testosterone at their maximum capacity, you have developed something called hypogonadism. It would be wise to get a blood test done around this time to see if the testicles are producing enough testosterone to get your testosterone levels within physiological range, if not that’s a big problem. Essentially, if they are not, there is no point in SERM treatment at this time and more HCG is needed. When I say more, that may mean a higher dose for longer duration, or just a longer duration.
#2 By blasting during this time we are ensuring that our testosterone is within physiological range, thus attempting to prevent going catabolic (muscle being eaten away).
#3 To stimulate the pituitary which will provide the material and hormones the testes need to produce testosterone.
I hope I covered everything. This was meant to simplify the PCT process, not make it more complicated. In hopes that guys will understand it’s really not that complicated.
Most new guys often here the names of all these different types of drugs that need to be used for PCT and get scared and then waste their money on something that they shouldn’t be taken.
In reality there’s only a few different option to take and it is quite simple.
Let me know below what your preference is in the comment section.
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