All About Recovery

All About Recovery – PCT

After an anabolic steroid treatment, it is essential to get your HPTA (hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis) back to normal. In simple language, this means “weaning” your body off the hormone excess absorbed during your treatment. This is a Post Cycle Therapy or Recovery.

 

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This will keep a natural and healthy level of hormonal functioning but also will maximize the preservation of gains after your treatment.

 

How does the PCT work?

 

pctHypothalamic neurons secrete GnRH * (release of pituitary gonadotropin hormone), which activates the release of FSH * (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH * (luteinizing hormone) by the gonadotropic cells of the anterior pituitary *.

These two hormones by acting on  Liedyg* cells  present in the testicles, help to maintain a constant level of plasma testosterone concentration, and thus the male sex characteristics.

During an anabolic steroid treatment, hormone surplus is brought into your body. It will therefore react safely by stopping this mechanism to try to restore normal levels.

It is therefore important to “revitalise the machine” after the treatment.

This is what is called the Post Cycle Therapy or Recovery. The principle of the PCT, although it may seem restrictive, is very simple and there are different protocols that will facilitate your recovery.

 

The use of SERM

The most common protocol is the use of NOLVADEX and CLOMID after the treatment. These are two complementary SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators). SERMs act by binding themselves to the estrogen receptors, inducing thus signaling to the body to release sufficient FSH and LH. See our section on protections.

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The most common protocols are:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thrusday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
Week 2 1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
Week 3 1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex

 

Or in case of a larger treatment:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 6 Clomid
2 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
Week 2 2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
2 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
Week 3 1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex
1 Clomid
1 Nolvadex

 

Another commonly used protocol in the United States:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 6 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid
Week 2 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid 2 Clomid
Week 3 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex
Week 4 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex
Week 5 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex 1 Nolvadex

Gonadotropin HCG

The gonadotropin also known as HCG is medically used as a fertilization aid treatment in women (ovulation assistance) and in some young children as aid for testicular descent. Athletes are interested in it from the moment they noticed it was a hormonal stimulant that could prove very useful after a cycle of anabolic steroids.

HCG helps to artificially activate LH and maintain normal testosterone production.

It should be noted however that in the long run a testicular insensitivity to HCG can be developed. This product should be used with caution.

 

There are a multitude of safety protocols. From our point of view, we must use HCG during the treatment to maintain normal natural production before beginning our PCT, or take it jointly with the SERM to promote recovery. Using it only for recovery is not good and carries a health risk.

 

  • Use during the treatment: 250 OR every second day is enough.
  • Use in PCT: 5000 IU per week in a single injection (SERM in addition to the above protocol for 3 weeks).

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The ideal time to begin your recovery

It is important to start the recovery only after the steroids have had an effect. We must therefore take into account the half-lives of products to start the recovery protocol at the right time:

 

Product Half-life of the product
Androlic 24 hours
Dianabol 24 hours
Equipoise 21 days
Nandrolone 21 days
Primobolan 14 days
Suspension of Testosterone 24 hours
Sustanon 18 days
Testosterone Cypionate 18 days
Testosterone Enanthate 14 days
Testosterone Propionate 3 days
Trenbolone 3 days
Winstrol 24 hours

 

For example in the case of a Sustanon / Equipoise treatment, you’ll start the recovery after 21 days.

 

You must take into account the longer half-life of the molecules used in the treatment for when you start your recovery.

 

Advice and tips

  • The addition of peptides, such as IGF1-LR3GHRP-6 + CJC1295 can also be very useful for a good PCT and greatly enhance the results.
  • The use of Vitamin E also enhances the effect of HCG. The recommended dose is 1 000 IU / day.

 

 

Glossary:

  • Leydig cells: present in the testicles, they produce 95% of testosterone and ensure maintenance of male sex characteristics.
  • Gonadotropic cells: Gonadotroph are the cells of the anterior pituitary which produce the two gonadotropins, follistatines and the luteinizing hormone.
  • Adenohypophysis: another name for the endocrine party or anterior pituitary.
  • GnRH: peptide hormone responsible for the synthesis and secretion of FSH and LH by the anterior pituitary.
  • LH: Luteinizing hormone (LH) also known in the male as ICSH (Interstitial Cell Stimulating Hormone) is a hormone produced by the gonadotropic cells of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. This is one of the two gonadotropins, the other being the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). LH deficiency causes a lack of sex hormones.
  • FSH: Its secretion is stimulated by GnRH. It has a similar structure to that of LH, this hormone is necessary for spermiogenesis.

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