How to Properly Perform Post Cycle Therapy

Post Cycle Therapy

PCT, or Post Cycle Therapy, is a term used in the bodybuilding world to describe the protocol a user takes after a steroid cycle to restore balance in their hormone levels. The purpose of PCT is twofold: first, to help maintain and/or improve muscle gains made after the cycle; secondly, to minimize any potential side effects that may occur after taking steroids. There are many opinions on when PCT should start and what specific drugs should be used – so what’s the right answer for you? This article will explore the different options available for PCT and help you determine which approach is best for you as an individual.

Importance of PCT

Importance of PCT

As we mentioned before, the purpose of PCT is to address two different issues: maintaining muscle gains, weight prevention and preventing side effects when coming off of your cycle.

  • Maintaining Gains

The biggest reason to do PCT is to maintain the gains you made while on cycle. Most anabolic steroids will suppress your body’s natural testosterone production, and without doing some form of PCT, your testosterone levels will be very low after coming off a cycle. This can lead to a loss in muscle mass, decreases in strength, and changes in mood and energy levels. Running a good PCT helps to minimize and regain the levels from this suppression and can help you keep the gains you made during your cycle. For this, Altamofen and Promifen from Alpha Pharma Healthcare are used during cycles containing Testosterone or other oestrogenic steroids that have been used.

  • Preventing Side Effects

Anabolic steroid use can also cause several side effects, including hair loss, acne, gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), and increases in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. PCT can help to minimize some of these side effects by helping to restore normal hormone levels. You can also find preventative substances to run alongside your cycle to avoid these issues. 

When to Start PCT?

The first thing to remember is that there is no hard and fast rule regarding when you should start PCT. Everybody responds differently, and it’s a matter of trying different protocols and seeing which works best for you. However, the two main times that people typically do PCT are after finishing a cycle or after coming off an anabolic steroid having a “break”.

  • Different approaches to PCT

There are several different drugs one can use for PCT. In general, these include SERMs (selective oestrogen receptor modulators) such as Nolvadex (Altamofen) and Clomid (Promifen), AIs (aromatase inhibitors) such as Arimidex 20 from Dragon Pharma, HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – Gona-Max from Maxtreme Pharma). Let’s take a closer look at each of these drugs and how they can be used.

  • SERMs

SERMs are effective for helping to prevent the suppression of natural testosterone production. Many steroids, both anabolic and recreational, will suppress this production – leading to decreased levels of natural testosterone. SERMs such as Nolvadex or Clomid help to block this suppression and help you maintain your gains even after your cycle ends. However, most people do not use these drugs alone but in conjunction with AIs if their steroid cycle is classed as strong or heavy. 

  • Going Alone

A common way to use SERMs is by going alone and adding them into your PCT protocol at the same time you would add an AI (described below). Typically taking one SERM for two weeks, starting immediately after the end of your cycle when the active substance has exited the bloodstream. Since this drug will be in your system when you use AI therapy, it can help protect against some of the side effects that an oestrogen can cause – such as gynecomastia.

A popularly used SERM/AI stack is Nolvadex and Arimidex. The recommended dosages for these drugs on cycle are typically 10mg Nolvadex EOD or .5mg Arimidex every 3-4th day to prevent any oestrogenic issues. For PCT, Nolvadex and Clomid are used (Nolva 40mg daily, Clomid 50mg daily) for 4 weeks. While many steroids suppress the natural testosterone production, but not all will – so if you’re taking a milder drug such as Turinabol, using a lower dose of Nolvadex might be all the PCT you need. However, if your cycle includes something stronger such as Testosterone with Dianabol or Anadrol, you may want to consider going with the SERM/AI stack to help and reduce these oestrogen levels. If products are used such as Deca or Trenbolone which are progestin based, Nolvadex will become ineffective and Cabergoline (Dostinex) will have to be used in its place, due to this substance being an anti-progestin drug.

How Should You Run a PCT

How Should You Run a PCT?

  • SERM/AI stack

If you’re using a SERM/AI stack, you’ll want to start by taking your SERM (in this case, Nolvadex) for two weeks. After that, add in your AI (Arimidex) and continue taking both drugs for another two weeks. So, the total PCT cycle would last four weeks.

  • SERM only

If you’re using a SERM only, you’ll want to take it for four weeks. Start by taking it for the first two weeks after your cycle ends at 40mg daily, then half the dosage to 20mg daily for the final two weeks. This will give you a total cycle length of four weeks and keep the oestrogen from binding to the breast tissues.  

  • AI only

If you’re using an AI only, you’ll want to take it for four weeks. Start by taking it for the first two weeks after your cycle ends, then see how your oestrogen levels are during this time. This will give you a total cycle length of four weeks but will not promote the LGH levels to climb meaning hCG – Gona-Max from Maxtreme will have to be used alongside to heighten the natural production.  

  • HCG

HCG is often used during PCT because it helps to maintain and restore normal testosterone levels. HCG is usually taken by a subcutaneous injection, and the recommended dosage depends on how long you’ve been using steroids. If you’ve been using them for more than six months, the suggested dosage is 500iu every third day for 3 weeks; if you’ve been using them for less than six months, the dosage is 250iu every three days for three weeks. HCG should be taken for the last three weeks of your PCT cycle to be the most effective.

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How to Organize Your PCT Preparation?

There are a few things you can do to make sure your PCT goes as smoothly as possible.

First, start by gathering all the drugs you’ll need for your cycle which can be purchased from Our UK Pharmaceutical Store. This includes both anti-catabolic and recreational steroids, as well as any SERMs or AIs you’ll be using. Make sure you have enough of each drug to complete the recovery cycle that is needed.

Second, create a schedule for taking each drug. This will help ensure that you take everything correctly and avoid any potential conflicts. If you need help with this, you can ask our team, or find the information within our website.

Finally, make sure to stock up on post-cycle supplements such as testosterone boosters or HGH releasers which can also assist the other PCT Drugs within their action. These supplements can help speed up your recovery and help you regain your gains more quickly. Taking these supplements can also help minimize the side effects of PCT.

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Remember, make your PCT as smooth as possible!

There are many different drugs that can be used for PCT, and the best approach depends on what type of steroid cycle you have just completed. In general, most people use a SERM/AI stack for the best results when using non progestin based steroids. HCG is also used for heavier recovery periods, though not as commonly as the Clomid and Nolva stack. The main thing to keep in mind is that your PCT should start immediately after the active substance is out of your bloodstream, not when your cycle ends.

For example, if you’re running a Dianabol oral solo cycle, the half-life is 6 hours, so you can start your PCT the very next day. If you are using Testosterone propionate or acetate based steroids, these have a half-life or 2-4 days, so you can start your PCT 4 days after. If you are using substances such as Testosterone Enanthate and Nandrolone Decanoate, these have a half-life of 8-12 days (Decanoate being the longest 12 days). So you must wait two weeks until the last ester has been absorbed and exited the body to start your PCT.

Luckily, within Our UK Online Steroids Shop, you can find more individualised times and dosages for your PCT cycle, as we have an expert team at hand who can provide you with all of the necessary information to how to cycle and also how to run the correct PCT for you and the steroids that were used in the cycle. We offer original and genuine versions of PCT substances such as Anti-Progesterones, Anti-Oestrogens, Aromatase Inhibitors, SERMs, HCG, HMG and More! We also offer discounts, easy payment options such as Bank Transfer, PayPal, Credit Cards and Major Cryptocurrencies, with guaranteed delivery to the United Kingdom and Worldwide.  

If you’ve completed a steroid cycle and are concerned about maintaining your gains afterward, a correct and proper PCT is the most effective way to do it!

Have you completed a PCT recovery cycle before? If so, what type of PCT did you use? Let us know in the comments section below!

Bob Jones

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