Post cycle therapy (PCT) is a combination of drugs used in bodybuilding, powerlifting, weightlifting and other power sports disciplines to minimize side effects and possible complications after the termination of the steroid cycles. It is very important to carry out PCT in the event that higher doses of anabolic steroids are used or several drugs are used simultaneously.
Literally, PCT is deciphered as Post cycle therapy, that is, the use of drugs that reduce the steroid effect on the body should be carried out after the cycle, but most of the means of post cycle therapy are recommended from the first day of the steroid cycle, and in fact, such drugs are not included in the post cycle therapy.
The purpose of this article is to help young athletes who, through inexperience resorted to the use of steroid drugs, should avoid taking anabolic steroids in order to avoid further serious health problems. All the information presented here is for information only, not more.
Main tasks for post cycle therapy:
- Normalization of the level of hormones to physiological values.
- Retention of muscular volumes gained on the cycle.
- Elimination of negative effects during “rollback”.
- Prevention of gynecomastia and general feminization.
- Prevention of reducing testes and the number of active spermatozoa in the ejaculate under the influence of steroids.
- Reducing the severity of side effects.
The main groups of drugs used in the PCT period
The general name for such drugs is anti-estrogens – medications that suppress estrogen activity in the male body. They are divided into two groups:
Modulators of estrogen receptors.
The main representatives are Clomiphene and Tamoxifen. Often taken after completion of the cycle for 15-20 days, to normalize the production of endogenous testosterone. They have great pharmacological importance. They are used as post cycle therapy even after “heavy” cycles.
The main representatives are Proviron, Anastrozole. These drugs prevent aromatization processes – the conversion of excess testosterone to estrogens, is usually used immediately in combination with anabolic steroids, especially if the program includes anabolics with a high degree of aromatization (sustanon, testosterone esters, methandienone, etc.). Some athletes consider Proviron an ineffective drug for PCT.
Gonadotropin – prevents testicular atrophy and desensitizes receptors in Leydig cells that synthesize testosterone. Used during “heavy” steroid cycles, the duration of which is sometimes up to six months. Injections of gonadotropin begin in the middle or in the last 20-25 days of the cycles and last until the anabolic substances are completely eliminated from the body, then it is recommended to replace gonadotropin with estrogen receptor modulators (eg, Tamoxifen).
Cabergoline – a drug with hypoprolactinemic action (reduces the production of prolactin by the pituitary gland). It is used during the cycles of anabolic steroids with progestagenic activity (trenbolone), increasing the production of prolactin. The average dosage of cabergoline is 0.2 mg twice a week for the entire steroid cycle.