What is PCT?
Administration of anabolic steroids provides an intense increase in muscle mass, increases the power and endurance performances. But all athletes who use anabolic steroids know about the adverse reactions that may occur during and after the AAS administration. It is important to know that the majority of adverse reactions can be avoided and prevented. It is important to know and that side effects are reversible in the very beginning - the main thing to be able to deal with it. It is necessary to correctly make the cycle, choose the right anabolic products, at the same time determining the effective maximum safe dosage, following the necessary duration of the administration and plan for post-cycle therapy.
By following simple guidelines, you will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the administration, maintaining performance and power indicators to gain muscle mass.
Post-cycle therapy - this is a very important stage of the cycle of which compliance depends the amount of weight saved after the cycle. The amount of endogenous testosterone decline during the course, but the athlete doesn’t notices this, because of the high levels of anabolic hormones in the blood.
PCT recovery is absolutely necessary, especially in cases of combo cycle. Using two or more medications drops the level of endogeneous even more. It is important to understand that gained muscle mass can be saved only with constantly high level of testosterone, otherwise the results will be unstable and the risk of rollback will be unacceptably high.
Post-cycle medications include antiestrogens and cortisol blockers, in most cases, the human chorionic gonadotropin, cortisol blockers, testosterone boosters, hepatoprotectors, omega-3 fat acids are used. Post-cycle therapy is a very important part of any anabolic steroid cycle: gynecomastia prevention, testicular atrophy, oligospermia, restores the natural hormonal balance, helps to keep up the supply. Below we consider the basic PBC drugs.
Antiestrogens are required both on the course and on recovery. Proviron is needed during the course of aromatizable drugs such as testosterone, sustanon, anadrol and methandrostenolone to prevent gynecomastia, high blood pressure, excessed fluid accumulation and to increase the effectiveness of the cycle.
There are 2 types of antiestrogens: aromatase inhibitors (Proviron, Anastrozole, etc) and Estrogen receptor blockers (Tamoxifen, Clomid, etc.).
Aromatase inhibitors should be taken during the cycle: they block estrogen side effects. Estrogen receptor blockers are used after a cycle, during for 3-5 weeks, restoring the secretion of endogenous testosterone.
Cortisol blockers (clenbuterol) are necessary to reduce the high levels of cortisol.
Cortisol – the №1 muscle destroyer hormone. Its level increases dramatically when a person is under stress (starvation, emotional excitement, training, etc.). The main effects of cortisol are destruction of muscle fibers, increase of glucose levels in blood, increased appetite, fat accumulation, high blood pressure. This is why cortisol – it’s a barrier to good results.
Cortisol blockers - are drugs that reduce cortisol secretion, inhibit and preserve muscle catabolism. These drugs are used to protect muscle fibers from destruction after the cycle of anabolic steroids, while working on relief and fat burning. The reception should be started at the end of the administration of anabolic steroids and continued during the period from three to four weeks.
One of the most effective anti-catabolic drugs is Clenbuterol. Along with active anti-catabolic effect, it also burns fat, reduces appetite, has the nootropic effect. The most effective action can be obtained in combination with ketotifen to prevent adaptation of receptors. Ketotifen restores the sensitivity of the beta adrenoreceptors of second type, as well as eliminates such possible adverse reaction of Clenbuterol as palpitations, tremors, sweating.
After the cycle, the level of cortisol can be 100 times higher than normal level, so the inclusion of clenbuterol in the PCT is justified and absolutely necessary. With its help athlete will be able to keep the gain weight better, clenbuterol also has a powerful fat-burning effect, along with pronounced anti-catabolic properties.
Restoration of endogenious testosterone
Tamoxifen is needed after the cycle, as an effective mean to restore endogenous testosterone.
Treatment with tamoxifen for a long time was the gold standard for breast cancer therapy and post-menopausal periods. In bodybuilding Tamoxifen is popular for the reason that it has the ability to block estrogen receptors throughout the body and helps to restore the body's own testosterone.
Clomid has similar properties. Clomiphene is used for the same purpose, in the case of cycles which include 19 nor-steroids (nandrolone, trenbolone). Thus, if your cycle contains trenbolone and nandrolone, tamoxifen is required during PCT.
2. Chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)
The use of testosterone and other AAS significantly slows down the production of GnRH and gonadotropin hormones that stimulate the testicles. Due to the lack of endogenous gonadotropin in the body the process of testicular atrophy starts. HCG has great importance in the post-cycle therapy, if the cycle of anabolic steroids lasts over 4 weeks or excessive doses are used. Introduction of human chorionic gonadotropin increases the production of testosterone by the testes. In this case, gonadotropin does not affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicle and, most importantly, allows you to keep the function of the testes.
On our site you will find all the necessary preparations for high-quality PCT, as well as anti-estrogens, which must be used during the anabolic steroids administration, which are subject to aromatization into estrogen.
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