Clomid is among the most popular drugs for PCT (Post Cycle Therapy).
Usually, the administration of Clomid is oral, with its intended purpose being to treat certain infertility conditions in females. However, its ability to indirectly influence the post-cycle rise of estrogen levels, has led to men using it to mitigate those effects.
This article will discuss the most important aspects to consider reagrding Clomid as your PCT option. Clomid is also often even taken during a cycle, to minimize its side effects, which we’ll also cover how to do.
clomid for pct (What is Clomiphene Citrate)?
Clomid, also known as ”Clomiphene Citrate”, is an ovulatory stimulant that is nonsteroidal with C26H28CINO.C6H8O7 as the molecular formula and 598.09 as its molecular weight. It comprises two geometric isomers. Each tablet of Clomid incorporates 50 mg. of Clomiphene Citrate.
Clomid also contains other inactive components such as lactose, sucrose, pregelatinized cornstarch, and magnesium stearate.
- Clomid is a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator).
- Often prescribed to treat Hypogonadism in men (alternative to TRT).
- Originally formulated to be a fertility medication for women who don’t ovulate properly.
- Is sought-after by bodybuilders for its use in regulating estrogenic side effects (namely gynecomastia &/or water retention).
One effect of Clomid, is that it will increase the output of luteinizing hormone by your pituitary gland. The main aim of someone taking Clomid while on a cycle, is to minimize as many estrogenic side effects as possible. These effects are not fun to experience even during your cycle, so bodybuilders will often take Clomid at the same time as their anabolic compounds, then opt for another alternative (ex. Nolvadex) for their PCT.
The aim of any Post Cycle Therapy, is to resore your body’s natural production of testosterone, which will often be shut down following your completetion of a cycle.
The 2 most feared side effects of low testosterone (and high estrogen) are Gynocemastia, and excessive water retention. Clomid works wonders towards combating these 2 enemies head-on. Gyno, if left to advance, can reach it a point where its only treatable via invasive surgery, which can be extremely expensive. Water retention on the other hand, can directly lead to high blood pressure, masked gains, and a less-than-optimal physique.
A bodybuilder will want to avoid these like the plauge.
- Assists in liver detoxification
- Supports healthy estrogen metabolism
- Aids healthy hormone balance & fat burning
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Clomid for Gynecomastia
In this day and age AI’s are more commonly are seen as the 1st choice for combating gynecomastia (over SERMS), however Clomid remains right up there among the top choices.
Clomid is more effective towards directly targeting the breast tissue, than it is water retention. If water retention especially is more of a concern to you, then consider other PCT options for that, as Clomid only mildly helps with it, as it doesn’t directly lower estrogen levels. Again, its more useful towards impacting breast tissue problems head-on.
Clomid can help with water retention slighly, but again if water retention is your main concern its best deciding to go with AI’s. SERMS on the other hand, are absolutley excellent for combating Gynocemastia.
If/when you notice signs of Gyno appearing, it will save you a ton of trouble and stress if you already have Clomid on hand. This said, when it comes to using perfomrance-enhancing compounds, always plan for potential things to go wrong ahead of time. Purchase things like Clomid at the same time you’re purchasing the steroids themselves. This is the wise approach. Administering Clomid at the first signs of Gyno, will go along ways towards ensuring the symptoms vanish as fast as possible.
Although these days, AIs tend to be the top choice for this situation. Rather than directly attacking breast tissue (SERMS) AI’s directly attack (minimize) estrogen levels, which is what helps reduce water retention.
Clomid for Post Cycle Therapy (PCT):
When it comes to PCT, Clomid is considered to be one of the best.
On the other hand, it can have a range of side effects.
As a SERM, Clomid helps regulate the levels of estrogen in your body. This regulation of estrogen levels also helps to positively impact your testosterone levels. Clomid greatly helps return your body to its normal pre-cycle state, since its a well known fact that on a cycle the body will stop producing what the drugs are synthetically giving it.
Depending on what you take, it can takes weeks or even months for your body to recover naturally.
Clomid speeds up this process immensely, and acts as an intervention, helping to restart the production of your testosterone hormone.
Synthetic testoserone taken while on cycle, causes your body to deduce that it doesn’t need to continue producing the same level of testoserone it was previously producing naturally. This results in a significant difference to what it starts producing, a few weeks after your cycle begins. The problem, is that once you stop administering the synthetic test, your body takes another few weeks to ”catch up” before it begins its pre-cycle natural production of testoserone.
During the few weeks it takes to do this, your elevated estrogen levels can cause the problems mentioned above. Low, or almost non-existence testosterone levels, in and of themselves, are NOT plesant to experience. Lethargy, low energy, low sex-drive, brain fog, and muscle loss, just to name a few, are common effects of low T, so PCT is also critical towards helping you avoid these.
Always remember that different steroids have different half-lives. Steroids with short esters are faster-acting, and therefore will leave your body faster too. Steroids with long esters, can stay in your body 10-14 days after your last dose. With this in mind, you can hopefully see why the timing of beginning the Clomid matters greatly. The shorter the ester is of the steoroid/s, the sooner following your last dose you’ll need to begin it.
The size of the dosages you take on the cycle, also factor into how long your body’s recovery will be. The more intense your dosages are, the longer it usually takes for your body to return to its pre-cycle state. Clomid helps speed this process up, but its not the only medication that does this. This article will hopefully help you weigh the pros and cons of Clomid up against the other options.
Clomid Dosage During Anabolic Steroid Use
Clomid has a wide range of applications. Those who want to start usage of Clomid during their cycle, are likely to find that 25 mg. a day is sufficient, however this can and has been upped to as much 50 mg. a day (though this higher dosage need isn’t as common).
Female Clomid Dosage
Since Clomid was originally designed as a fertility aid, the recommended Clomid dosage for female treatment is 50-100mg. (usually 50mg., approximately one tablet) once daily. You may notice this dose about the same or higher than the dose men take. Thats because this is considered the maximum effective dose for Clomid, meaning anything above this amount yields no benefits and more side effects.
If you’re a female taking steroids, Clomid is not something to concern yourself with as its only purposes are to help men with effects that women don’t experience.
Clomid Dosage for PCT & Increased Endogenous Testosterone Secretion
The Clomid dose for PCT varies with the Clomid dosage for increased endogenous testosterone. Clomid for PCT will have you taking around 75 mgs. for approximately 1 or 2 weeks. From there, it looks like this:
Weeks 3-4: 50 mgs.
Weeks 5-6: 25 mg. a day (OR 50 mg. eod)
Bodybuilders say PCT cycle should generally last 4-8 weeks. Keep this time period in mind when planning out how to take the Clomid.
Many also claim that Clomid all by itself, is not enough for a proper PCT cycle, opting to add things like Hcg, Nolvadex, and/or even an AI. This drives home more certainty that their body’s will return to pre-cycle testesterone production as fast as possible.
For some, Clomid at the doses recommended here is enough, but for others they find Nolvadex to be more effective. The majority tends to tilt slightly in favor of the Nolvadex camp (if choosing between the two). There’s no reason you cant combine them however.
Some studies have also suggested an altrernative dosing structure (for increasing endogenous testosterone secretion) which requires the patient take only 25mg. of Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid), for no less than 3 months.
Here, studies have proved the effectiveness of Clomid in stimulating the endogenous manufacture of testosterone in the body, which in turn facilitates a better overall body-building experience for men.
Clomid vs Nolvadex for PCT:
So…which one is better between Clomid or Nolvadex?
There’s still a raging among bodybuilders debate over this.
The truth is that between the two drugs, niether is better than the other. The reason is that the use of each depends on various factors, including the cycle and dosages you ran, the steroid you used, and the time period length you used them.
You’ll find there are specific steroid cycles that only demand Clomid for PCT. In other scenarios, some steroid cycles will only require Nolvadex for PCT. However, in many cases, cycles involved in Post Cycle Therapy often combine Clomid and Nolvadex treatments. Sometimes even HCG is added on top of these two.
The argument tends to be that Nolvadex is more powerful, efficient, and effective than Clomid. Its hard to say however, because a lot of these debates simply boil down to the individual’s reaction to the drug (and preferences, etc.). Generally speaking, many argue that Nolvadex is better for blocking estrogen, while Clomid is better for boosting testoserone.
Its important to note they are both still anti-estrogens. They each stimulate a release of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH). This acts to increase the output of the luetinizing hormone by the pituitary gland, which results in testosterone levels raising.
If you’re looking for the absolute best possible way to restore natural Test levels, as well as hold onto your cycle gains, then combining the two is widley regarded as the best choice. The downside of course is this is more expensive, but assuming you can afford it, stacking the two together is optimal.
Overall, both Clomid and Nolvadex are excellent at increasing the body’s endigenous production of testoserone again. You cant go wrong with either, in other words, if that is your main goal.
Beginners on their 1st or 2nd cycle, that aren’t stackign multiple steroids, will likley be find with only Clomid as their PCT. For those running more complex cycles however, a more complex PCT will also be needed (IE stacking SERMS and/or AIs)
Clomid Side Effects:
Before you decide to use Clomid, it’s essential to note that it has a range of side effects, including:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Eye-Vision disturbances
- Breast discomfort or breast tenderness
It needs to be said here that several of the side effects attributed to Clomid, are a result of it being used as a female fertility drug. The two primary ones being that it increases the risk of thryroid, and skin cancers. These effects have not been proven to result from male bodybuilders using it for the purposes of PCT.
After that, the next side effect that tends to stick out is the vision disturbances. it cannot be ignore this is unfortunatley a more common one reported about Clomid, and often directly serves as the reason some men choose Nolvadex in favor of Clomid (Nolvadex hasn’t been associated with this).
The most extreme (less than 2%) examples of this reported were that users abruptly lost their vision, even permanently. However it was much more common was that vision only became blurry and/or hazy. It was also far more common that those who did experience issues with vision, stopped experiencing them as soon as they stopped taking Clomid.
One study found that of the men surveyed, a Clomid dose of 25mg. increase testosterone levels, while avoiding any and all side effects. While granted this dose is smaller than what most bodybuilders will take following a cycle, you could argue this study showed the side effects of Clomid are largely (if not directly) correlated with the dosage size.
Its been observed over time that men tend to respond better to the medication, experiencing less side effects. This of course is largely due to the fact that women take as medical prescription, and men do not. There are some men who experience no effects at all, thus Clomid has earned the reputation of being an extremely well-tolerated SERM, among men at least.
Below are the most frequently asked questions relating to the use of Clomid as a PCT.
How much Clomid should I take for PCT?
Here is one example of a Clomid cycle: taking 100mg. to 150mg. daily for 2 consecutive weeks, then drop it down to 50mg. for another 2 weeks, finally dropping it to 25mg. for the last 2 weeks.
Keep in mind the dosage amount might need to vary slightly from this, depending on how strong a steroid stack you ran during your cycle. The other compounds you potentially also stack into your PCT regimine will affect your dosage amount as well.
Is Clomid legal or no?
Yes, Clomid or ”Clomiphene Citrate” is a prohibited anti-estrogenic substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, clomiphene belongs to the S4 category of metabolic and hormone modulators, whose use is illegal. This being said, if you’re a bodybuiling competitor you need to be aware Clomid will show up on a drug test. Avoid having it in your system near testing these times.
Clomiphene Citrate does often appear as an undeclared element in most black market performance-boosting products. Clomid is generally easy to find in these black markets, and usually isn’t expensive. As always when it comes to black market purchases, consideration should be given to whether the product you’re paying for is ”pure” or genuine.
The usual legal way of aquiring it is by men already diagnosed with low testosterone. Since their doctors are already prescripbing them testoserone, its often not hard to get a Clomid script on top of it.
does Clomid boost my testosterone?
Although there is currently a range of mixed findings on its effectiveness, some research suggests that Clomid dosages significantly affect the manufacture of testosterone and sperm levels. This evidence suggests Clomid has the potential to boosting testosterone levels and sperm count.
The findings show the ratio of testosterone to estrogen levels to be upward. So this proves that taking Clomid post cycle to aid in recovering very low Test levels, is extremely likley to be effective.
How long After a cycle do you take Clomid?
At a bare minimum, men taking Clomid as a PCT should take it for 4 weeks. The standard length for this among bodybuilders is usually about 6 weeks, or a 4-8 week range. For those who were on a stronger stack of steroids, its not uncommon to go as long as 8 weeks. if all you’re trying to do is stimulate natural testosterone production again, then 4 weeks usually suffices.
how expensive is clomid?
Generally, Clomid is affordable for most people because its price per cycle ranges from $10-$100. Several factors are involved, like the dose and the usage of a brand name or going with the generic Clomiphene Citrate version.
Compared to what you’ll spend for most steroids, Clomid will should be noticeably less. This is true even as a prescription drug.
What is the difference between Clomid & Clomiphene Citrate?
”Clomid” is the trade-name for this oral infertility treatment drug. Although many identify the drug as Clomid, its generic identification is Clomiphene Citrate. Additionally, apart from Clomid, Clomiphene Citrate has another trade name of ”Serophene”. This means they are all the same thing, ingredient-wise. The chemical formula make up is coded as C26 H28 Cl NO.
will Clomid build muscle?
Like most anabolic products, the use of Clomid in men has a range of effects, including indirectly contributing to increased muscle mass. Clomid does not directly influence muscle mass, but rather stimulates natural testosterone production. Testosterone is the primary critical component to building muscle, so in this way Clomid can lead to an increase in muscle.
A better way of thinking about it is that Clomid will help you hold onto muscle gains you already made on cycle.
Before deciding on Clomid, it’s essential to know that it’s among the best drugs for Post Cycle Therapy, which can also mean it has some of harshest side effects to your body. This being said, you have to make an informed decision before deciding to use this product.
Due to the powerful nature of Clomid, its more often than not used by men who are either stacking steroids, or are using more powerful ones. It’s excellent in its ability to get natural testosterone production kickstarted agai after a cycle.
Since you are now aware of the pros and cons to using Clomid as a PCT, I hope you can make an informed decision concerning use the drug.
- Assists in liver detoxification
- Supports healthy estrogen metabolism
- Aids healthy hormone balance & fat burning
If you enjoyed this article and you’d like a more real, NO-BS info-packed guide on cycling steroids, then grab your digital E-Book copy of ”Straight From The Underground” by John Doe Bodybuilding. This is my #1 recommended underground handbook on EVERYTHING related to steroids. Everything in this book is based on first-hand experience instead of theory.