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For many years, the use of anabolic steroids has been on the rise all across the world. At first, it was more popular among bodybuilders and athletes to help improve their performance, but it is becoming more mainstream due to its benefits in regard to weight loss.
However, like any other substance out there that is taken by people for a wide range of reasons, there are consequences that come with using anabolic steroids. One of these consequences is that it causes the body to enter into a state where the natural production of hormones such as testosterone is shut down, which can last anywhere from weeks to even months after finishing an entire cycle.
To combat this problem, users often go on Post Cycle Therapies (PCT) after steroid cycles in order to help raise their testosterone and other important hormones back to normal levels.
It is highly recommended that any user of anabolic steroids go on a PCT after every cycle, otherwise, health problems may occur down the road. Since many anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone, it stands to reason that the body will still think it has enough of it after a cycle, and therefore will not produce the necessary amount on its own.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to some more details about what this article is actually talking about. First off, what exactly is Post Cycle Therapy?
Post Cycle Therapy is a therapy that is used after anabolic steroid cycles to reduce the side effects caused by the use of steroids. It’s a rather self-explanatory name, but it’s still worth going over in order to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Basically speaking, Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) repairs any damage done to the body after a cycle of steroids. During the steroid cycle, the hormones that are introduced into the body through these drugs can cause damage to certain cells and organs.
These damages include changes in lipid (fat) levels in blood plasma, elevations in estradiol (estrogen), suppression or complete shut down of natural testosterone production, etc.
Post Cycle Therapies are designed to reduce the levels of the hormones that cause the damage to cells and organs back down to normal levels.
Without proper PCT after steroid cycles, many of the health problems associated with anabolic steroids may develop in some users.
These side effects range in severity depending on each individual user’s response to the cycle, dosage, etc.
However, it should be noted that if the body’s natural testosterone production is not restarted after an anabolic steroid cycle (the reason why Post Cycle Therapy exists), many of these health problems may result in irreversible damage to the user’s system.
But before we go any further into this discussion, let’s go over some of the widely known reasons explaining why PCT is needed after steroid cycles.
There are many reasons why anabolic steroid cycles should be followed up with Post Cycle Therapies. The most obvious reason is that it will help to normalize the body’s testosterone production so that men can avoid developing gyno, for example, which is characterized by the appearance of breast tissue in males due to excess estrogen levels.
Another very important reason why steroid users should go on PCT after steroid cycles are because it will help to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Many people know that anabolic steroids can cause health problems, but they aren’t generally aware of just how bad these side effects may be. Particularly, if the testosterone levels in the blood become too high without any way to get rid of it, anabolic steroid users may develop prostate cancer at a very young age.
Besides all that, Post Cycle Therapy can also help to improve the levels of cholesterol and other lipids in the blood plasma by helping to bring them back down to normal levels after steroids have been introduced into the body.
In addition, PCT will help to get rid of any excess water and sodium that was introduced into the body during a steroid cycle, which can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
PCT is a vital part of any steroid cycle. It is what allows the body to return back to normal after anabolic steroids have been introduced into it.
Without proper PCT, many serious health problems may develop for steroid users.
First of all, there are the problems with testosterone suppression/shutdown that was already mentioned above. The risk of developing these health issues is directly related to the level of androgens that were introduced into the body during a steroid cycle.
Testosterone levels in men begin to decline as they age, so turning off the testosterone production through anabolic steroid use can cause many health problems such as lack of arousal, libido issues, muscle loss, fatigue, etc. These symptoms are caused by the body’s inability to produce testosterone naturally.
Besides all that, steroid-induced high blood pressure can also have very severe negative effects on the cardiovascular system if left unmanaged. This is probably one of the most serious side effects associated with improper PCT.
The last but not least; it is widely known that anabolic steroid use can cause sexual dysfunction in many users. Post Cycle Therapy can help to restore libido and, in some cases, even reverse the damage caused by a steroid cycle.
To sum up; without proper PCT after steroid cycles, many of the health problems associated with anabolic steroids may develop in some users. These side effects range in severity depending on many factors, but one thing’s for sure – they will all have a very negative effect on the user’s health and well-being.
Despite the fact that PCTs must be done after a steroids cycle, it is still important to take some steroids during this phase. Here are some examples of supplements that can help to restore testosterone production.
HCG is generally considered the most important PCT supplement because of its ability to normalize testosterone levels in men, allowing them to return back down to their natural baseline. This compound will need at least 3-4 weeks of continuous use before any positive effects will be felt by the user.
Tribulus Terrestris is another popular PCT supplement. It helps to increase libido, which allows users to feel much better during the recovery phase. This compound will need at least 3-4 weeks of continuous use before any positive effects will be felt by the user.
No matter what supplements you choose for recovery purposes, it is very important to use as much as you can afford.
Most steroid cycles will recommend using HCG and/or Clomid for PCT purposes, so these are the two most popular options because they have been around for a long time.
An important reminder: it is always recommended that you take any supplements indicated by your doctor and especially those that are recommended after your steroid cycle.
The basic answer to this question is that it should last until the body has returned to its normal state, which could take anywhere between 1-3 months depending on how much you’ve used during your steroid cycle. But because every single person’s body will react differently to the use of steroids, there is no set rule for how long PCT should last.
It is very important that you do not stop taking your post-cycle therapy supplements before you feel like your body has returned to normal. This can be difficult to determine because after steroid cycles many men report feeling a significant decrease in their arousal, but this will only be temporary.
It is very important to take into account that when you engage in anabolic steroid use, your endocrine system will become temporarily shut down. Once the cycle ends, it may take some time for your body’s natural testosterone levels to return back to normal.
An important reminder: PCT must be done until the body has restored its natural testosterone levels.
There are proper steps to take during a post cycle therapy, and this is what you should know:
Do not stop taking any of your PCT supplements until you’ve fully recovered – we recommend waiting at least 3-4 weeks after your last day of supplement use. When it comes to HCG – there’s no need to rush. Taking it for as long as necessary will help to restore testosterone levels in your body properly.
Injectable HCG will provide the best results because it has a faster release time, but pills will still work just as well. It is very important that you take any PCT supplements indicated by your doctor and especially those that are recommended after your steroid cycle.
Now here are the proper steps of doing a post cycle therapy:
The first step is to stop taking any steroids that were used during the cycle. After you’ve stopped, wait at least one week before beginning your PCT therapy:
- For HCG users: take a dose of it every other day and continue with this therapy for up to 12 weeks.
- For Clomid users; start off on a dosage of 100mg per day and continue with this therapy for up to 12 weeks.
- For male users: we recommend using a minimum dosage of 400mg per week in your male post-cycle therapy, and it should also last no less than 10 weeks.
An important reminder: when it comes to HCG, you will need to keep taking it for as long as you plan on keeping the baby. If you’re planning on taking a break from it in order to get your body back to normal and then use it again in the future, that’s fine too.
Following the steps above are not enough for a PCT to safely work. It is also important to have a healthy diet. Here are some tips for this:
- Stay away from sugars or sugary foods: This can lead to a spike in estrogen levels, which you don’t want.
- Limit your carbs: This can also do the same thing as sugars and sugary foods, so keep an eye on how many carbs you’re ingesting each day.
- Eat plenty of healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avocados, and fish oil: These are good for you, and they will help your glands to release the right kind of hormones.
- Stay away from alcohol: This is something that should be avoided no matter what, but especially when doing post-cycle therapy. Alcohol has been known to increase estrogen levels in men.
- Avoid caffeine: This includes coffee or anything caffeinated. Caffeine increases cortisol levels and this is something you don’t want.
- Limit the amount of zinc that you ingest: This is an important mineral, but too much of it can lead to a drop in your testosterone levels. About 15-25mg per day will be enough for you.
It is also important to have plenty of good fats, so you should be eating some healthy foods every day.
There are also some other things that must be avoided during PCT such as some steroids, and certain practices. Here is a list of things that you must absolutely avoid:
Don’t engage in any strenuous activities: This will put stress on your body and this is something you don’t want. Being stressed out can also lower testosterone levels, so it’s best to stay away from anything too strenuous such as running or athletic activity.
Avoid doing weight training: It’s not safe, and you could do serious damage to your body because of the hormone levels.
Don’t take any anabolic steroids: You don’t need them, and they can put your body under a lot of stress because of how powerful they are. It’s best to go without anything like this while doing post-cycle therapy.
Do not take any Human Chorionic Gonadotropin: Not only can this be dangerous to your health, but it will not speed up the recovery of your body.
Avoid smoking: Nicotine is very bad for you and you should try to stay away from it as much as possible. Plus, cigarette smoke also reduces oxygen levels which will keep testosterone levels low.
Avoid drinking alcohol: As mentioned before, this is something that you should avoid no matter what, even during post-cycle therapy. The same rule applies to caffeine as well. Remember that caffeine can increase cortisol levels and lower testosterone levels.
[Conclusion Paragraph] Post-cycle therapy is important for anyone that has just finished a cycle of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. The above information outlines some basics about PCT, so you should keep those in mind. The stronger your post-cycle therapy, the faster you’ll recuperate and the healthier you’ll be. There are also some other things that must be done such as diet and avoiding sugary foods as well as alcohol and caffeine. This is important information no matter what, but especially if you’re doing PCT to recover from anabolic steroids. If you’re doing PCT to recover from something else, be sure to do your research and talk to a doctor before beginning.