First, we will find out what is the so called Post-Cycle Therapy or “PCT” in the sports world. To put it as simply as possible, this is a series of measures that allow you to speed up the recovery processes of the body after taking sporting supplementation. At the same time, it is extremely important to think about planning you PCT even before the start of the AAS course itself.
What is the PCT and what it is for?
It is no secret that steroids have a number of negative effects if not used correctly. If the athlete does not take the appropriate measures to eliminate them, serious health problems are possi ble. Some novice bodybuilders do not understand this or do not want to do it regardless of the consequences. Not only do they take anabolics incorrectly, but they also completely ignore the restorative therapy which is a vital part of any course.
This situation is largely explained by the lack of reliable information about steroids. Now it has become fashionable to criticize these drugs. However, the means to improve sports results will always be used regardless of the negative information on the internet. Many experts in sports medicine believe that it is better to provide athletes with all the necessary information and not to keep it silent.
One of the most serious disadvantages of AAS is a violation of the pituitary axis. Recall that it consists of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the testicles. The main task of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary gland and testicle arc is to regulate the process of the production of testosterone. When using anabolics, there is a violation of the activity of this chain, but sometimes this is perceived in a very negative way by the most recent one sided studies.
As a result, the male hormone is produced at a low rate or it isn’t secreted at all. The synthesis of testosterone is controlled by a special substance called gonadotropin. In addition, it affects the secretion of the seminal fluid. During anabolic courses, the concentration of the male hormone reaches the maximum values and the body believes that it is no longer necessary to synthesize the endogenous hormone, so it slows the natural production.
As long as a bodybuilder takes steroids, he does not feel these changes. However, after the withdrawal of anabolic drugs, the level of endogenous testosterone begins to fall rapidly. Therefore, the body is not able to react quickly to this. In fact, without PCT, the normal concentration of the male hormone can recover independently. However, this may take several months, depending on the severity of the completed course.
If an athlete has planned a long course, the duration of which exceeds 8 weeks, then it is worth starting to use Gonadotropin substances within the second month of the course. This drug stimulates the work of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary gland and the testicles axis. The gonadotropin is taken in cycles of three weeks. At the same time, you need to administer the drug three times within 10 days and the one-time dose is between 1500-1700IU units.
Since the body is not able to quickly change its functioning, the absence of a PCT after the courses can lead to infertility. Most amateur athletes are sure that a high concentration of the male hormone in the body is a blessing. On the one hand, this is true, but not every time, as the body always strives for balance.
If there is a high contrast of testosterone in the blood, then the process of converting this hormone into the female hormone (aromatization) is accelerated. As a result, gynecomastia may develop without taking appropriate measures. Note that this disease is irreversible if left too long and tends to accumulate. Well, this disease does not cause serious harm to the body. However, no man will like it when his mammary glands begin to increase in the female type and puffy nipples occur.
The last point to remember is related to the work of the liver. It is generally believed that steroids in injections are safer compared to pills. We can partially agree with this. However, the liver filters all of the blood and it does not matter how the AAS were taken. This organ is able to easily cope with natural toxins, but can fail due to chemical ones.
Thus, thanks to the PCT, athletes solve several issues at once:
- The natural hormonal background is restored, which is unique for each person.
- The rollback effect is reduced.
- The risks of developing gynecomastia are eliminated.
- The process of testicular atrophy stops.
- Other negative effects are eliminated.
It is extremely important to take tests when using anabolics. Do this at least twice a month. Many beginners take an example from professional athletes and even use their courses. However, they forget that they have a specialist in sports medicine who is well versed in the work of the endocrine system. What percentage of bodybuilding enthusiasts have such a person?
Important: To prevent these side effect issues form occurring during a cycle, the use of hCG (gonadotropin), Arimidex (anti-estrogen) or if progestin based AAS are used – Cabergoline “Dostinex” (anti-progesterone) drugs are used. All of these when taken at the correct dosages and durations prevent any side effects from occurring while using AAS. You can find all of these counter measure substances within our online catalog with home delivery.
Classical rehabilitation therapy
It should be said that the PCT can also be carried out in accordance with the “bridge” scheme. We will also talk about this, but a little later. Classical rehabilitation therapy is carried out if a new course is not planned for the next few months. To do this, the following drugs should be taken:
- Testosterone boosters.