Post-Cycle Therapies can be confusing, especially for beginners. What kind of PCT to use, what type of steroids to take or avoid during this therapy is a pain in the ass. This is why I am writing this article for all beginners out there who are reading about Post Cycle Therapy for the first time!
What is Post Cycle Therapy or PCT?
A Post Cycle Therapy is a steroid cycle followed by a specific type of therapy after the end of the cycle. Post Cycle Therapy helps restore natural hormones in your body and prevents side effects caused by anabolic steroids or any other types of drugs that you might have taken while on cycle. These therapies can be done with or without drugs, however, We are not going to talk about this.
All steroid cycles are followed by a PCT, which is mandatory for many reasons. For example, if you have just finished a bulking cycle with Dianabol and Deca Durabolin, your body needs time to go back to normal. A full Post Cycle Therapy should last between 4-9 weeks, in which you will have a normal life and do your daily activities.
Why is this mandatory? Well, the reason is simple. When on cycle with anabolic steroids, testosterone or HGH, etc., your natural production of hormones gets suppressed by the drugs. It’s what we call “the shutdown effect” and it plays a crucial role in this PCT.
Why do bodybuilders and athletes go on Post Cycle Therapies?
While taking anabolic steroids, your body will stop producing testosterone naturally. When you come off the cycle, they start producing it again but not at a normal level. This is called “the shutdown effect” and it’s vital to go on Post Cycle Therapy. Your body will not produce testosterone at the same level as before, but this is temporary. Sooner or later it will get back to normal, but this may take some time.
Another reason why bodybuilders go on Post Cycle Therapies is to avoid side effects. While you are on a cycle, your body will be able to take it because the drugs are suppressing the negative effects of low testosterone levels. When you come off cycle, this suppression effect is gone and all side effects caused by low testosterone will start occurring without any kind of warning.
Furthermore, bodybuilders use other drugs while on cycle to help them lose fat. These are called ancillary drugs and are usually aromatase inhibitors, thyroid hormones, or diuretics. While on cycle, these drugs are helping you reach your goal of losing weight by either increasing the burning effect in muscle tissue or decreasing water retention.
A Post Cycle Therapy for beginners
This section is a Post Cycle Therapy for beginners only. If you have been doing PCTs before or if you are planning to take steroids longer than 6 weeks, use the advanced version of the cycle.
This particular PCT can be used by any type of athlete, from beginners to professionals. The cycle below will not make you put on 20 pounds of muscle mass in a month, even though you might see some fast gains while using it. This is one of the many reasons why we call this article “Post Cycle Therapy for beginners”.
The supplements needed for this cycle
First of all, you should take a multivitamin supplement while on this cycle. This will give your body what it needs to help recover fast and avoid any kind of vitamin deficiency while on anabolic steroids sure. Make that the multivitamin you buy has a normal content of zinc and Vitamin E. Zinc helps your body in testosterone production, while Vitamin E will help with general health.
Next, you should take a liver detox supplement to make sure your liver is working properly during the cycle. The liver is very important in PCT because it metabolizes hormones in your body. When you are on anabolic steroids, the stress on your liver can become higher than normal and can be harmful to your liver in the long run.
A general health supplement is also needed by bodybuilders who want to stay healthy and avoid any problems while on the cycle. This particular PCT will not make you drop dead from a heart attack, but it’s always good to strengthen your immune system and help yourself out before and after cycles.
How to do this particular PCT
This particular PCT is done for 4 weeks (12 days on and 13 off) and it’s very simple. The total time you will be “on the cycle” is 26 days, which seems like a long period of time but it can be more than enough to make some good gains.
We suggest doing this PCT by taking two anabolic steroids at the same time. This will allow your body to keep producing testosterone and other important hormones, but it’s up to you. You can do this PCT by taking Deca Durabolin and Testosterone during the first 12 days, and then drop one of them (Deca Durabolin usually) and take Nolvadex during days 13 to 26.
Another way of doing this PCT is by using Testosterone and Stanozolol (Winstrol). Taking this particular combination will give your body the chance to produce more testosterone than just one steroid present in your system, but it’s up to you.
Of course, there are many other combinations available for this PCT. If you feel like another combination is better for you, do not hesitate to try it out and see if it works on your system.
You will have to inject yourself once every day during the first 12 days of this particular PCT, but afterward when can drop injection frequency can down to one shot per week.
Make sure you are injecting the same amount of Testosterone or Nandrolone during the whole cycle. It’s never good to change injection frequency unless it’s required by the steroid you are using.
You should take an anti-estrogen during this particular PCT because aromatase inhibitors will lower your estrogen levels, but not completely. It’s normal that your estrogen levels will reach very low, but if they drop too low you can experience some side effects.
This is why most bodybuilders use aromatase inhibitors during PCT to avoid any kind of problems with their hormones.
If you are done with this particular Post Cycle Therapy, keep taking your liver detox supplement for at least 30 days after the cycle.
Your multivitamin should also be taken for another month after you finish your cycle.
Add some zinc to your diet (take 50 mg daily) and keep taking Vitamin E (400 IU).
WARNING: This particular PCT will not work without the proper use of anabolic steroids
Possible side effects of this PCT
This particular PCT has no known side effects. Sure, after all this time you can experience some fatigue and feel like your bones are hurting for some reason, but it’s nothing to worry about.
Keep in mind that after doing this particular PCT, you will need to do another Post Cycle Therapy (one month later) before starting a new cycle.
Make sure you take the proper amounts of minerals and vitamins during this cycle to avoid any kind of problems.
You should always consult your doctor before starting a new PCT, but after finishing the one you can simply take another one without any advice from your doctor or anyone else.
Remember that you will need to inject yourself once every day for the first 12 days, and then after day 12, you can inject yourself once a week or whatever injection frequency you have chosen for your steroid cycle.
This particular PCT is perfect for beginners because it’s very cheap and easy to do, but it will still produce some good results in a short period of time.
If you are interested in taking this particular combination, go ahead and give it a try.
In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section below this particular article. There’s no question that cannot be answered by us or other visitors who visit this site regularly.
What to avoid while doing this Post Cycle Therapy
There are still some precautions that you need to take when doing this PCT. Some of the things to avoid include the following:
Drinking alcohol is one of the most common side effects of PCT. This is especially true if you have done a cycle with testosterone during which drinking alcohol is not recommended.
Beer, wine, and other types of alcoholic beverages are packed full of calories that can prevent your body from burning fat. Avoid alcohol during your PCT because it can destroy all the progress you have made.
It goes without saying that you should avoid any kind of food with a lot of sugar in this particular Post Cycle Therapy. This is especially true if you are doing a testosterone cycle and want to burn more fat.
High sugar foods will cause carbohydrate cravings and will make you gain more weight than you actually want.
No matter what kind of Post Cycle Therapy you are doing, it’s recommended to avoid sugar as much as possible.
Of course, every PCT involves stopping caffeine intake because caffeine is such a stimulant. The problem with the continued use of caffeine during PCT is that it can prevent your cortisol levels from dropping to their normal values.
Caffeine also blocks receptors of the neurotransmitter adenosine which causes you to become more alert and feel like you don’t need any sleep or rest.
But there’s another reason why you should avoid caffeine: it is one of the best aromatase inhibitors. In other words, caffeine prevents estrogen production by the testes which is why it’s recommended to avoid caffeine during PCT.
The proper diet during this PCT
A proper and balanced diet must also be followed during this PCT. You already know that you need to reduce or stop eating sugar and any kind of high carbohydrate foods, but what else should you eat on a daily basis?
The first thing we recommend is Vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, and other similar types of vegetables.
You also need to increase your intake of proteins by eating foods like eggs, chicken breast meat, beef, turkey, and others.
The third thing that you should never forget to do is take vitamin supplements every day because you will not be able to find sufficient amounts of vitamins in your usual diet. Make sure not to skip taking them during the entire PCT.
The above three rules form the basis of every proper diet for this particular PCT. If you can follow them, your progress will be better than ever before and the results may surprise you even if you are a beginner.
Steroids to avoid when doing Post Cycle Therapy
Just like with any other steroid cycle, it’s also recommended to avoid taking steroids that aromatize during this period.
They include Dianabol, Anadrol 50, Trenbolone (Tren E), and others. These types of anabolic steroids will cause estrogen levels to rise which is why you need to avoid them while doing this Post Cycle Therapy.
The same goes for Deca Durabolin, Sustanon 250, and Equipoise. Even though these steroids are not aromatized, they still have the effect of increasing the estrogen levels in your body which is why you should also avoid them when doing PCT.
It’s also recommended to avoid taking any anabolic steroids with a lot of progestogenic activity. The ones to avoid during PCT are Nandrolone (Deca, Durabolin), Trenbolone (Tren E), and others.
The above-mentioned types of anabolic steroids will cause water retention, which is why it’s critical to eliminate all possible symptoms of bloating during your PCT. That’s one of the most important things you need to do if you want to burn fat and get more ripped than ever before.
Summary and Conclusion
There are two types of PCT: the natural and the drug-assisted one. In the first case, you don’t need to use any supplements or drugs – your body will do all the work for you because it naturally produces all the necessary hormones to return to its normal state.
In this particular case, you might have to wait up to six months for your testicles to return to normal. The drug-assisted PCT is faster because it uses specific drugs that cause the natural production of testosterone by your body to stop immediately, allowing for faster recovery.
But you need to remember that this type of PCT isn’t as natural as the first one and can have more negative side effects. So be careful