PCT also called Post Cycle Therapy refers to a recovery process that is recommended for athletes and weightlifters who have been on SARM treatment. SARM users are advised to go through PCT therapy after they have finished their steroid cycle. Taking steroids and SARMs affects your body’s natural testosterone production. As a result, you get high levels of estrogens. Eventually, you end up with gynecomastia or male boobs. To avoid these side effects, it is advisable to take drugs that help reduce estrogen levels and restore your natural production of testosterone. Here is a look at some of the reasons you should undergo PCT and the best post cycle therapy for SARMs.
Why Go Through Post Cycle Therapy?
You are probably asking why you should go through PCT when in fact SARMs are supposed to avoid the harsh side effects of using steroids. Although some studies show that SARMs do not suppress hormones, others have established that SARMs work the same as steroids but are milder and come with minimal side effects. This means that SARMs may slightly reduce your natural testosterone production. Here are some benefits of going through PCT:
- To avoid side effects
- To control your cortisol levels
- To improve your testosterone levels
- To restore your hormone functions after a session of temporary inactivity
- To decrease your estrogen levels
- To help you gain strength and retain muscle size
Clomid is a selective estrogen receptor modular, also known as an SERM. It is also called Clomiphene or Clomifene. Clomid is one of the most popular PCT. It has the most potent compounds for restoring your natural hormone system. However, clomid is known to have the harshest side effects on the human body. Although clomid is used to address infertility in women, it is a good PCT for bodybuilders and athletes.
Clomiphene works by blocking estrogen. Clomid stimulates the production of testosterone in your testes. The main side effects associated with clomid include vision problems and mood swings. The typical Clomid PCT protocol lasts for about 4 weeks.
Nolvadex is also known as Tamoxifen Citrate or Tamoxifen. Since Clomid is known to be harsh, many SARM users prefer to use Nolvadex as PCT. These compounds come highly recommended for PCT because they are mild and come with minimal side effects. Although Nolvadex is effective in restoring your natural hormone production, it is not without its share of side effects. Many users have reported negative effects such as stomach issues, headaches, and hot flashes. However, these side effects are more bearable than what you experience with Clomid.
Over the Counter PCT
When engaging in OTC treatment, you should aim for a natural testosterone booster. Therefore, the medication should have plant-based compounds that increase testosterone production. Some popular compounds include Fenugreek and Tribulus Terrestris.
Next, you will need an aromatase inhibitor. AI’s reduce an enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase turns testosterone into estrogen. When AI is combined with PCT it speeds up the process of restoring your natural testosterone levels. Some natural AIs are Resveratrol, Flavanones, and Flavones.
Last but not least, look for a supplement that controls your cortisol levels. This means you should take tons of minerals and vitamins. Cortisol is a stress hormone. When your body is retrieving its natural homeostasis, you will be under a lot of stress. Cortisol control supplements such as Vitamin B and C, melatonin, DHEA, and adaptogens, will keep your stress levels in check.