What is Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate)?
When planning your PCT cycle, Clomid is one of the most common drug names you’ll see mentioned by experienced bodybuilders. Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) is in the class of drugs called Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM). It has anti-estrogen effects. It is sometimes prescribed for the treatment of hypogonadism in men as a alternative option to testosterone replacement therapy, with excellent results often seen in this area which is why Clomid became such a sought after drug for those using anabolic steroids.
In the world of bodybuilding, Clomid is highly prized for its ability to mitigate estrogenic side effects caused by many anabolic steroids during a cycle, as well as for combating the suppression of natural testosterone as a result of using steroids which is the main goal of its use in post cycle therapy.
Two of the most dreaded estrogen caused side effects that anabolic steroid users want to avoid is water retention and gynecomastia (gyno). Clomid is useful for tackling both of these adverse effects which, if left to advance, can both lead to some serious negative implications.
Excess water retention can not only ruin your physique and mask your gains, but also lead to high blood pressure. While gyno can become untreatable if left too long. So it goes without saying that Clomid is a hugely powerful tool in the arsenal of any anabolic steroid user.
When you’re on a steroid cycle using synthetic versions of testosterone or derivatives of the hormone, your body is running with much higher testosterone levels than you’d normally be able to produce. The body knows this, and as a result simply halts the production of normal testosterone, or at least decreases it to a very low level. When you stop your steroid cycle, the sudden end to synthetic testosterone going into the body can cause a massive crash and serious low T side effects.
The purpose of PCT then is to wind your body back up to normal hormone function, and for this reason post cycle therapy is an absolutely critical part of your steroid use. Without PCT, you would be on a very slow uphill battle to wait for your T levels to get back to normal, if they ever do.
Clomid is beneficial when included in a post cycle therapy plan after a steroid cycle when testosterone levels will have been suppressed to a very low or even non-existent level because of the way that many anabolic steroids signal to the body to cease testosterone production when synthetic testosterone is being used.
The goal of PCT is to increase endogenous testosterone back to normal levels so you can avoid the serious effects of low testosterone. These include low libido, loss of muscle mass, gaining body fat, low mood, decreased energy and strength, poor mental concentration and more
- Recommended Male Dosage: 50-100mg per day post cycle. Post cycle means when anabolic steroids are no longer in your system. This depends on the half-life of the steroids you are taking. For example, the half life of Testosterone Enanthate is about 7 days meaning it will stay in your system for 14 days after your last injection. As such, it is best to start your PCT 14 days after your last injection of Testosterone Enanthate. When taking steroids with a short life, you will want to start your PCT within a few days of your last injection.
- Cycle length: Most users will require 4 weeks of Clomid for PCT, but longer or more powerful steroid cycles can often need to be followed up with 6 weeks of PCT combining Clomid with other drugs including aromatase inhibitors.
- Recommended Female Dosage: Not recommended for females.