PCT or Post Cycle Therapy is needed to restore the body’s natural hormonal background after a course of anabolic steroids.
I have to say right away that there will be a loss of muscle mass anyway. The natural level of the sex hormone testosterone is several times lower than the course. Its exogenous production is about 50 to 130 mg per week. In the process, some use up to 1000 mg, or even an order of magnitude higher. It is these hormones that are responsible for the body’s ability to build and maintain excess muscle. The loss of muscle mass after the diet is directly proportional to the doses of AS (anabolic steroids). The higher they were, the stronger the “recoil”.
It should be clear that the main task of PCT after a cycle of testosterone (or drugs such as turinabol, methandrostinolone or “methane”, propionate, nandrolone decanoate or “deca”, donabol, sustanon or “sust”, boldenone, stanozolol) is not is to “dry out” or get a little more on as some would like, and not even to save muscle. Post-cycle therapy is designed to minimize the loss of increased muscle mass as much as possible.
The main tasks that PCT solves after the AS course
For effective recovery, we must:
Resume normal testosterone synthesis as soon as possible and reduce the level of female hormones (estrogens), which in the post cycle will be higher than normal due to the increased aromatization of testosterone, ie its natural conversion to estradiol
Restore libido and spermatogenesis.
Reduce cortisol levels by reducing exercise volume, reducing work weights and physical activity. The body in the period after the course weakens and can not recover with the same strength as when taking medication. Without reducing the load, he simply “burns” his muscles.
To start PCT after a steroid course, you must first wait for the artificial hormone to leave the bloodstream. To do this, we take into account the degradation periods of the different drugs. For example, in Methane, Stanozolol or Testosterone Propionate, this period is a maximum of 2-3 days, and in Enanthate, Susta or Deca it is delayed by 2-3 weeks.
Drugs used for PCT after cycle
Weak antiestrogen, powerfully restores libido and natural testosterone production. The most common drug in PCT. It can be used after any kind of steroid, including a cycle of turinabol, methandrostinolone or “methane”, propionate, nandrolone decanoate or “deca”, donabol, sustanon or “susta”, boldenone, stanozolol. The doses and duration of administration depend on the doses and duration of the AD course.
A strong anti-estrogen, but restoring the natural level of testosterone contributes less.
It is often used as an antiestrogen in AS at a dose of 20 mg per day. day.
Awareness! Tamoxifen should not be used during or after a cycle of active progesterone medicines such as Nandrolone, Trenbolone, Oxymethalone (Anadrol). It enhances the effect of progesterone, and with it the side effects!
A powerful anti-estrogen used during the cycle and 2-3 weeks after. The drug blocks the aromatization reaction (conversion of excess testosterone to estrogen) as well as unwanted side effects, including gynecomastia.
The average dose is 0.5 to 1 mg per day.
Antiestrogen, blocks the aromatization reaction, increases libido. You should use it at the end of the course or before PCT, because Proviron is an androgen and, albeit slightly, inhibits “native” testosterone production.
Dose of 50 mg per day, preferably divided into 2 doses.
Cortisol is reduced with anti-catabolics such as:
- a growth hormone;
They are used both throughout the course and in PCT.