After a cycle of anabolic steroids, the body's natural production of testosterone decreases, and in some cases is completely suppressed. During the cycle itself, this problem can be overcome with testosterone supplementation, but once you completely stop taking steroids, you need to resume your own production as quickly as possible in order to maintain most of the results achieved, and normalization of sexual function.
Important note: testosterone supplementation during a cycle is not necessary in women, as well as post-cycle therapy.
What to expect
A good post-cycle therapy plan will help you maintain much of your progress, but if high hormone levels are no longer available in the body, you will lose some of what you have achieved.
The main goal of therapy is to stimulate natural hormone production, a process through which you will lose some of the results, but this is not the end of the world. During this period, athletes should focus on long-term results, paying attention to proper nutrition and exercise regimen, which in combination with therapy will keep most of what has been achieved. In reality, this is the only logical, long-term plan of action.
Medications to be taken during therapy
There are many drugs that can theoretically be used during therapy, but two should always be the main ones — Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and Clomid (Clomiphene). Both drugs belong to the class of selective estrogen receptor modulators. Both drugs stimulate the production of luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormone, thus increasing your own testosterone.
Pregnyl can also be used in this case, and its use is very appropriate during the cycle itself. It should be borne in mind that Pregnyl does not stimulate the production of luteinizing hormone, but simply stimulates the testicles, thus facilitating the therapy itself in the future.
Pregnyl can also be used at the end of the cycle if it has not been switched on before.
You can also use aromatase inhibitors. The problem with them is that they also significantly reduce estrogen levels, and the main idea of post-cycle therapy is to normalize hormones, and part of this is to maintain normal estrogen levels. Many anabolic steroid users believe that estrogen is an “evil” hormone, but in fact it is extremely important for building muscle mass, maintaining sexual and mental health, and many other things.
When to start therapy
It is very important to start therapy at the right time. If you have used only fast-acting products such as Dianabol, Testosterone Propionate, Trenbolone Acetate, etc. during the cycle, therapy should be started 3-4 days after the last injection. However, if you have used slow-acting preparations with long esters, such as Testosterone Enanthate or Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate), you will have to wait at least 14 days before starting.
If you have not used Pregnyl during the cycle and want to include it in the therapy, then its application should look like this:
when using fast-acting preparations:
— 3 days after the last injection for 10 days;
when using slow-acting:
— 10 days after the last injection for 10 days.
In both cases, Clomid and Tamoxifen should be started immediately after the last Pregnyl injection.
Sample post-cycle therapy plan
Solid post-cycle therapy usually includes Nolvadex and Clomid for about 4-6 weeks.
Week 1-2: Clomid (Clomiphene) 100 mg / day
Week 1-2: Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) 40 mg / day
Week 3-4: Clomid (Clomiphene) 50 mg / day
Week 3-4: Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) 20 mg / day
Blood tests and hormone levels
It is always a good idea to do blood tests to know where you are, but not during or immediately after the end of therapy, because then the natural production of Testosterone is stimulated from the outside. It would be best to do the blood test a few months after the end of the cycle.