Why post-cycle therapy is necessary
Intake of steroids of anabolic origin for sports purposes involves a set of muscle mass as such. But there is also a reverse process to this: the rollback phenomenon. It is important to understand that this is a mandatory and unavoidable procedure that directly depends on your choices and the correct behavior in PCT.
PCT – (PCT) – actions, the purpose of which is rapid recovery of the synthesis of (own) natural testosterone (ie the natural work of the testicles) after taking anabolic steroids (AS), thereby minimizing the fact of reversal and other side effects, which are possible during and after use of AS.
Implemented wisely, PCT will help to almost completely avoid the rollback phenomenon and allow you to maintain the mass obtained while receiving AU. It should be remembered that with wrong actions or, even more dangerously, inertia, you may partially or completely lose the result achieved during the AS course. It follows that PCT is a mandatory package of measures.
Do not rely on unconfirmed sources, namely the Internet. You may come across such information that the procedure is not mandatory, provided that the AS course was the first, the hormones “were not heavy”, or that the course did not last more than six weeks. Do not deceive yourself and trust this information, otherwise the consequences can be quite unpleasant: loss of all acquired muscles, gynecomastia (breast augmentation of the female type), as well as complete or partial atrophy of the testicles.
What should be done to avoid inhibition of testosterone synthesis?
Ø It is important to give preference to steroids that are not converted to estrogen (primobolan, turinabol, oxandrolone, boldenone, stanozolol);
Ø Choose drugs with a short duration of action (eg if you divide the daily dose of Methandienone and take it after 8 and 13 hours, the suppression will be minimal due to the elimination half-life of 6 hours):
Ø Take gonadotropin every three weeks to three weeks before stopping AS (this is the most effective method).
The so-called “mild” course of AS, which lasts no more than six weeks, usually resorting to medication with a duration of action of no more than five days, has a fairly moderate suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary testicle. At the end of such courses, AS relies on any complexity to antiestrogen drugs: Clomid and Tamoxifen. With their use, the rehabilitation process is not delayed, it continues quickly and efficiently in just one month.
Taking antiestrogens allows you to:
- Avoid side effects such as gynecomastia or female love handles that are often due to the presence of estrogen in the body.
- Restoration of natural testosterone production. Estrogen decreases and this allows the hypothalamus to perceive the lack of testosterone and give a signal that must be produced in elevated mode.
But another fact should be considered. If the course of AS was severe or exceeded permissible limits, failure of the hypothalamic-pituitary testis is possible. After complete withdrawal of AS from the body, the hypothalamus immediately orders the pituitary gland to synthesize gonadotropins, which in turn act on the testicles. However, the testicles will not cope with the task due to atrophy, they will simply not be able to produce testosterone in the specified amount.
Therefore, the body must be helped for or three weeks before stopping taking AS and making sure that it receives gonadotropin from the outside.
It should be noted that PCT is initiated when and only when the effect of AS on the body has completely ceased!
PCT after Cypionate
Since steroid intake involves the active production of estrogen, it is necessary to use tamoxifen or anastrozole. Medications help to suppress the development of gynecomastia and reduce the accumulation of fluid in the body.
If hair loss is observed, to avoid side effects, you can use the drug Propecia (finasteride), which stops the formation of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
Somatotropin, Clenbuterol and insulin can be used to reduce rolling back and maintain acquired muscle mass.