Whether you’re doing steroids, SARMs, or prohormones, you’re probably going to need to do a post cycle therapy (PCT) at some point.
The idea behind a PCT is simple—it gets your testosterone levels back to normal, so you don’t lose all of your cycle gains.
The best PCT will change, depending on if you’re doing a SARMs stack, steroids cycle, or some prohormones.
So, with that in mind, let me present you with the definitive guide to post cycle therapy, and the best PCT to get your hormones back on track.
Put simply, post cycle therapy, or PCT for short, is how you get your natural hormone levels back to normal, after a SARMs or steroids cycle.
…and while often overlooked, finding a good PCT is one of the most important things to do when you’re planning a SARMs or steroids cycle.
Why? Because without a PCT, once you suddenly stop taking your cycle, your body is going to have trouble bouncing back.
The whole idea behind post cycle therapy, is it minimizes the “recovery” time after a SARMs, steroids, or prohormone cycle.
In other words, not only does it help get your hormone levels back to normal, but it also helps you keep most of your gains.
There’s many different types of PCT’s out there:
Depending on whether you’re cycling steroids, SARMs, or prohormones, however, the best PCT for your situation will change.
A lot of guys neglect to get on a post cycle therapy after they finish their cycle, but this is one of the BIGGEST mistakes you could ever make.
When you get on steroids, prohormones, or SARMs, your body’s natural testosterone production is going to slightly decrease.
Now, when you’re ON CYCLE, this doesn’t matter, because the drugs you’re taking are compensating for this side effect.
…when you get OFF CYCLE, however, all of a sudden those drugs aren’t boosting testosterone and building muscle for you.
You’re left with your body’s own natural devices, and if your body’s natural testosterone production has lowered while on cycle, it can take some time to bounce back.
This is the reason why PCT is so important. It helps your body get back on track faster than it could without one.
If you don’t have a post cycle therapy, you won’t keep a lot of your gains. As your testosterone is suppressed (temporarily), much of that muscle will be lost.
In addition to this, coming off cycle can sometimes cause mood swings, since there’s suddenly no performance enhancing drugs in your system.
This is why a good PCT will not only help you recover faster after your cycle, but it will also help you keep close to 80% of your cycle gains.
Clomid PCT, sometimes called Clomid Therapy, is one of the most effective post cycle therapies on the market. Unfortunately, it’s also the harshest.
Clomid, or more specifically, clomiphene citrate, belongs to a class of compounds known as selective estrogen receptor modulators.
The great thing about a clomid PCT is that it simultaneously decreases estrogen levels, and helps boost testosterone levels.
It accomplishes this by binding to estrogen receptors in the hypothalamus, a small region in the brain that manages hormone production.
Once this happens, the hypothalamus signals your body to release luteinizing hormone, AKA the hormone that tells your balls to make more testosterone.
Clomid is best taken as a PCT for steroids. It’s extremely powerful, and you don’t need it for a prohormone or SARMs PCT.
This being said, because it’s so powerful, it also has a few side effects:
Most people don’t experience side effects on Clomid, but the bottom line is that it’s a post cycle therapy best reserved for steroids.
The typical Clomid dosage is 50mg per day, but for a PCT this changes slightly. A Clomid PCT should last about 4 weeks, or one month.
Here is the recommended clomid dosage:
After this four week PCT, you don’t have to take Clomid anymore. Your hormones will be 100% back to normal and good to go.
Unfortunately, Clomid is not legal to have without a doctor’s prescription. Of course, this doesn’t stop many gym junkies from getting it, though.
Due to the fact that it’s illegal to have Clomid without a prescription, I don’t recommend you use it as a PCT unless getting off steroids.
Nolvadex, otherwise known as tamoxifen citrate, is another popular PCT method that’s typically used after a steroid cycle.
It’s not as strong as clomid, but also has less side effects, making it very desirable for anyone coming off a mild steroid cycle.
Similar to Clomid, Nolvadex is also a selective estrogen receptor modulator. It decreases estrogen production in the body, and increases testosterone production, as well.
Personally, I don’t recommend using Nolvadex as a PCT to SARMs. It’s not as strong as Clomid, but is still a bit too strong for a SARMs PCT.
The typical Nolvadex dosage is about 40mg/day, and similar to Clomid Therapy, you also taper off it at the end of your PCT.
Nolvadex PCT typically lasts about a month, or 4 weeks, which is more than enough time to get your testosterone levels back to normal.
Here is a common Nolvadex PCT dosage:
After this four week period, your estrogen levels should be within a healthy range, and your testosterone production should be back to normal.
Similar to Clomid, it’s illegal to use Nolvadex without a prescription. Again, this doesn’t stop people from finding it, though.
Due to the fact that Nolvadex is a controlled substance, I don’t recommend it as a PCT for SARMs or prohormones—only as a PCT for steroids.
Red PCT is a very mild form of PCT, that’s comprised entirely of testosterone boosting ingredients, and estrogen blocking ingredients.
In my opinion, Red PCT is the best PCT for SARMs, because it’s very safe, has almost no side effects, and is very effective.
After my RAD 140 cycle, I used Red PCT to get my hormones back on track. My bloodwork verified that they were normal after my PCT.
The way that Red PCT works is it simply gives your body the ingredients it needs to decrease estrogen and boost testosterone.
Here are the ingredients in Red PCT:
When taken in conjunction, these ingredients give your body everything it needs to normalize its testosterone and estrogen production.
Thankfully, just one bottle of Red PCT is enough to last for your entire post cycle therapy. One bottle contains 90 pills of Red PCT.
Just take a pill with breakfast, lunch, and dinner—that’s it. You don’t need to worry about measuring anything or injecting anything.
Just one pill, three times a day, and within a month your testosterone levels will be well within the normal range, and your estrogen will be low.
In short, the best PCT is going to depend on your specific cycle. If you took a steroids cycle, I recommend you follow a Clomid or Nolvadex PCT.
If, on the other hand, you were on a prohormones or SARMs cycle, then just taking Red PCT would probably be your best bet.
Overall, PCT is extremely important, and should not be neglected by anyone considering a SARMs, steroids, or prohormone cycle.
If you think I left anything out of this article, please feel free to let me know in the comments section down below… and as always, I’ll see you next time!
A Post Cycle Therapy, otherwise referred to as PCT, is a process you go through after a cycle of SARMs or steroids, in order to get your body's natural testosterone levels back up to normal. When on a cycle of SARMs or steroids, your natural testosterone levels might dip, so a post cycle therapy is meant to bring them back to normal.
Common PCT's include Nolvadex, Clomid Therapy, and other testosterone boosting ingredients. The PCT you'll want to take will vary, depending on the length of your cycle, and what you were on during your cycle.
In my opinion, most SARMs cycle don't require a full Nolvadex or Clomid PCT. For all three of my SARMs cycles, I've used Red PCT 2.0, which is a 100% legal, over the counter, testosterone-boosting and estrogen-decreasing supplement.
My blood work has confirmed that the PCT worked, too. Some people might want to take Nolvadex or Clomid for their SARMs post cycle therapy, but in my opinion, this is overkill. You don't need that strong of a PCT for SARMs.
Some research suggests that yes, they probably do. Most of the research suggests that testosterone levels go back up to normal shortly after your cycle ends, however. That being said, it's always best to err on the side of caution by taking a PCT.
PCT, or post cycle therapy, is typically started the day after you take your last SARMs dosage. For steroids, users might wait up to a week after taking their last injection however, since the half-life of steroids is relatively long.
Jon Anthony is a dating coach, fitness expert, and self-improvement guru. He dropped out of college to start Masculine Development in 2015, and has since been self-employed, helping men across the world achieve their best lives. You can best reach him on social media, or via email for questions.