After running a cycle of steroids, many athletes need to think about restoring their body. We all understand that using strong drugs affects the performance of our hormonal system. The intake of any anabolic steroid can influence a change in the functioning of an athlete’s body. But some drugs are softer, while others, are extremely powerful. After all, achieving weighty indicators in the growth of muscle mass and strength on weak anabolic drugs is not realistic. That’s why, most of us resort to taking strong drugs. In this case, the most important thing is to not forget about the recovery process.
Anti-estrogens are drugs that are taken alongside a cycle of strong steroids, or during post-cycle therapy, to reduce the side effects associated with steroid use.
Post-cycle therapy (abbreviated to PCT) is the process of restoring the synthesis of the body’s own gonadotropic pituitary hormones (FSH and LH) and testosterone, blood composition and liver status. Most often only the first two items are produced, and the composition of blood and liver is neglected.
Post-cycle therapy after steroids is necessary at the end of any cycle, because even such a weak drug as Oxandrolone, in a couple of months, reduces the production of the body’s natural testosterone by almost twice. The intake of exogenous testosterone drops gonadotropic hormones to zero in 4-5 weeks, and short esters of Trenbolone and Nandrolone can reduce testosterone almost to zero in a few weeks. Chorionic gonadotropin also very strongly inhibits the production of FSH and LH, after several injections they also decrease almost to zero.
Clomid – is used in medicine for the treatment of certain diseases. It is called Clomiphene Citrate and is used widely by athletes after a steroid cycle. The drug has a good effect on the production of natural testosterone and is not a possessor of high toxicity. It should be applied after the cycle, and the period of the use of steroids determines the timing of the onset of PCT.
Tamoxifen – basically the same as Clomid. It does not apply to anabolic drugs and is used in medicine to treat certain serious diseases. Athletes use this drug after a cycle, but less often than Clomid. This is due to its increased toxicity and weaker influence on the recovery of the natural production of testosterone, but the anti-estrogenic effect is clearly present.
Anastrozole – used to prevent gynecomastia, increase the concentration of testosterone in the blood plasma, give the muscles definition and venousness (by leveling the effect of female sex hormones), minimize the effect of estrogens on the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis. Anastrozole is the most powerful anti-aromatase drug, one might say “heavy artillery”. And if you throw it into battle, you need to be completely confident in your actions.
Exemestane – like Anastrozole but less commonly used. It belongs to the class of aromatase inhibitors and is used directly on the AAS cycle. Its main task is to suppress the activity of the aromatase enzyme.
Cabergoline – a blocker of prolactin production. The drug is indispensable for cycles using steroids such as: Nandrolone, Trenbolone, and all their esters. An increased level of prolactin entails many side effects, such as low libido, therefore Cabergoline is very important in post-cycle therapy.