Anti-Estrogen

Boosting your body’s testosterone levels is a key objective when you’re cycling with prohormones and anabolic steroids. Apart from stimulating anabolic benefits like faster muscle growth and development, pumping up your testosterone also helps take your strength and endurance up a notch in the process.

This basically means you’re going to speed up the time that it takes to achieve the goals you’ve set in your bodybuilding checklist.

However, pumping up your testosterone levels during a cycle creates a hormonal imbalance in the system sooner or later.  The body compensates for this imbalance by producing more estrogen hormones.

Although estrogen hormones also play vital roles in making your cycle a complete success, simply having too much of them in the body during the same will already lead to problems that won’t just significantly affect the gains that you’re going to realize, but also make you highly vulnerable to health issues.

These issues include inadvertently shutting down your testosterone production completely, low sex drive, developing gynecomastia as well as an unwanted increase in your body’s water retention levels that can keep you from getting that dry, hard look that you’re aiming for.

This is the biggest reason why you need to have an anti estrogen in your arsenal. But the thing is simply going for the first anti estrogen you can get your hands on isn’t going to cut it. There’s even a chance that you won’t achieve the results that you’re looking for while at it as well.

There’s no need to worry just yet if you still haven’t picked the ideal anti estrogen that you can use during your cycle, though. We will walk you through the five (5) most widely used anti estrogens these days to help you make the right choice.

#5: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)

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At its simplest, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a type of hormone in a woman’s body that stimulates the release of egg cells during ovulation as well as supports their development after fertilization when they attach themselves to the uterine wall.

However, based on a number of medical studies, HCG is also seen to have the ability to help young boys whose testicles did not drop down normally into their scrotal sacs and increase sperm count in men.

Now while HCG is proven to effectively help maintain the body’s ideal testosterone production while staving off estrogen levels when used during a cycle, you will need to stack it with other types of anti estrogens like Clomid, Arimidex and Nolvadex to get the best results.

Please take note, though, that HCG is considered as a rather outdated option by most bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts when it comes to choosing which anti estrogen to use during a cycle these days.

#4: Arimidex (Anastrozole)

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Arimidex – or anastrozole as it is known generically – was primarily formulated to control estrogen hormones from going over their ideal levels in postmenopausal women. It is also used to help prevent certain types of tumors and cancers from fully developing by cutting off the estrogen they need to grow.

As an aromatase inhibitor (AI), Arimidex can help set off a number of positive effects when used during a cycle like boosting the body’s natural testosterone production, keeping water retention levels very minimal as well as preventing gyno or bitch tits,

Arimidex is also seen to have positive effects to the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in the system, which are needed by the body to naturally produce testosterone.

Although there is no question in terms of the efficacy of Arimidex in maintaining and supporting testosterone production, clinical studies show that this AI can cause some negative side effects to cholesterol and decrease mineral content in the bones, which can lead to osteoporosis if not taken care of properly.

#3: Aromasin (Exemestane)

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Aromasin, also known by its generic name Exemestane, is primarily formulated to fight against breast cancer that is a rather common health issue among post-menopausal women. It also has the ability to control estrogen levels that can be a possible catalyst for tumors.

In the bodybuilding setting, Aromasin is considered as a suicide aromatase inhibitor (AI), which prevents the aromatase enzyme from functioning like it should. When this happens, the process of aromatization is inhibited and the chance that testosterone will be converted to estrogen becomes extremely low.

Although Aromasin is seen as a nice anti estrogen for use during a cycle, many people who have already given it a go report experiencing strong lethargy during usage.

#2: Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate)

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Clomid is basically a type of selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) that is orally administered and designed to stimulate ovulation in women. However, it triggers a boost in testosterone production when used by men because it prevents estrogen receptors at the hypothalamus to function like they should.

When the function of these estrogen receptors are hampered, the hypothalamus is stimulated to churn out more luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which play an essential role in the body’s natural testosterone production.

This is why Clomid is deemed as not just one of the most popular anti estrogen picks nowadays, but also one of the most effective. But the thing is compared to other anti estrogens, the effects of Clomid are slightly less potent than its counterparts. You will need to dose it higher when you’re using it during a cycle.

#1: Nolvadex

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Nolvadex is originally formulated to treat hormone-responsive breast cancer. Also known as Tamoxifen Citrate, it is basically a type of selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) and deemed by bodybuilders and fitness buffs as the most effective anti estrogen option that you can use on a cycle.

What’s really interesting is Nolvadex plays two key roles in the body when taken during a cycle. First, it controls estrogen activity in some parts of the system where it can potentially cause some issues. Second, it actually acts as estrogen in certain parts to keep the body’s overall function up to par.

Moreover, figuring out the right dose for Nolvadex isn’t that tricky compared to other anti estrogens and it can be effective for use while cycling with whatever anabolic steroid or prohormone that you’ve got in your training program.

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Arimidex

(Anastrozole)

Anastrozole is a powerful anti-estrogen medication commonly sold under the brand name “Arimidex” and it is by that name most are familiar with the compound. As an anti-estrogen medication Arimidex belongs to the aromatase inhibitor (AI) family and it is by this designation we truly see the function of this medication. First brought to the market by AstraZeneca, Arimidex was created in an effort to combat breast cancer in post-menopausal women. As we are aware estrogen is the enemy when it comes to breast cancer and Arimidex actively reduces the amount the body produces and it is by this trait one can already begin to see how this might be useful in-terms ofanabolic steroid use. No, Arimidex is not an anabolic steroid; it is not a steroid in any shape or form but is commonly used in conjunction with anabolic steroids to combat estrogenic related side-effects.

Arimidex:

Anastrozole, commonly known as Arimidex is an aromatase inhibitor that actively blocks the aromatase enzyme by-which its duty cannot be performed, that being producing estrogen. By this inhibiting process the compound can actively reduce estrogen in the body by as much as 80%. Coupled with its estrogen reducing effects Arimidex also greatly increases testosterone in the body and can do so by as much as 50% by increasing total testosterone as well as Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) total output.

For the breast cancer patient this proves to be invaluable as decreased estrogen provides remedy, for in many ways breast cancer in very simplistic terms feeds off of the estrogen hormone. However, this same trait can also provide benefit to the anabolic androgenic steroid user in both hormone replacement patients who are very sensitive to testosterone treatment and of course to performance enhancers. Many anabolic androgenic steroids convert to estrogen due to the aromatase process and estrogen, while an essential hormone can lead to many unwanted side-effects when it is present in excess.

The Benefits of Arimidex:

By and large, as it pertains to anabolic androgenic steroid use the use and benefits of Arimidex greatly surround side-effect prevention. However, in men who suffer from low testosterone and who seek therapeutic remedy Arimidex can at times be a good choice, for as we discovered above the compound by its nature actively increases total testosterone output. Even so, while this remains true most men will find direct testosterone treatment to be optimal in treating their low levels and will generally require a regular dosing of an injectable or transdermal testosterone medication. In the case of low testosterone treatment most men will find the therapy well-tolerated and generally side-effect free; we must always remember, side-effects increase when dosing increases and as therapeutic dosing is very low the need for an AI is generally low in low testosterone patients.

Without question those who supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids for the purpose of performance enhancement will benefit from Arimidex use the most when comparing to therapeuticsteroid users. Performance enhancing doses are necessarily larger than therapeutic doses; after all, in therapy the idea is to return hormonal levels to normal but in performance enhancement the idea is to surpass them and to do so greatly. With such doses in mind the rate of aromatase greatly increases; no, not all anabolic androgenic steroids convert into estrogen but a vast quantity do and at varying rates depending on the steroid. By this conversion process when excess levels of the estrogen hormone buildup in the body some of the most common and well-known anabolic steroid side-effects may manifest themselves; including but not limited to:

  • Gynecomastia
  • Water Retention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Loss of Libido
  • Hair Loss
  • Fat Gain

While some of these side-effects can be brought on by other factors, especially blood pressure and cholesterol, estrogen buildup can play a major role. For the majority of performance enhancing athletes the side-effects of steroid use that are of the greatest concern will remain Gynecomastia and water retention as these are the two most common but it is often in Arimidex they find remedy. As Arimidex blocks or as indicated by its name as an AI “Inhibits” estrogen buildup many of the common side-effects become nothing more than a memory or concern of the past. Think about it, if the estrogen that causes the side-effects is no longer present how can estrogenic related side-effects present themselves; they can’t, what doesn’t exist simply doesn’t exist.

Some performance enhancers, especially those who are looking to really add size to their frame often shy away from Arimidex out of a fear of losing or not obtaining gains. It is true, estrogen aids in the promotion of building muscle tissue and more importantly it is a hormone essential to our overall health, particularly our immune system. However, we are not removing all estrogen from our body through Arimidex use, we are simply reducing it, although greatly. Further, if you are going to supplement with anabolic steroids for the purpose of performance enhancement you need to ask yourself an important question; what’s worse, a few less gains or horrible unsightly side-effects? It is also important to note, while estrogen suppression will somewhat limit the amount of weight you gain it will not do so to the degree feared by many; not even close.

The Side-Effects of Arimidex:

When it comes to side-effects it is always important to note all medications from every family carry with them a potential for side-effects; this includes everything to common cold medicine, pain killers, anabolic steroids and even AI’s such as Arimidex. However, when we examine Arimidex the potential for adverse side-effects appears to be very low. There do not appear to be any strong negative indirect side-effects due to supplemental use; however, use can lead to unwanted effects due to decreased estrogen in the body. In order for the human body to maintain a proper functioning endocrine system we must have some estrogen present. Further, decreased estrogen can have a negative effect on cholesterol, a very side-effect problem you are trying to prevent through use; as you may have guessed when it comes to cholesterol there is a very fine line as it pertains to the estrogen hormone. However, Arimidex doesn’t appear to affect this greatly in a negative way and therefore remains a positive choice in this regard.

For the majority of steroid users, those who supplement with Arimidex will not want to do so indefinitely in the name of safety; while it is generally side-effect friendly it is not a good idea to keep estrogen levels so suppressed for far extended periods of time. Most will find such AI’s should only be used while on cycle and discontinued once the cycle is complete in order to let the body return to normal hormonal production. If side-effects are not a problem for you then perhaps no Arimidex will be needed; however, for competitive physique athletes, even if they rarely suffer from anabolicsteroid side-effects Arimidex can still be very useful, as reduced estrogen will provide a leaner and harder physique. For this reason many competitive bodybuilders supplement with Arimidex during their contest preparation diets.

Arimidex and SERM’s:

It is very common for Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) to be thrown in the same anti-estrogen category as Arimidex and other AI’s but this is far from correct. SERM’s such asTamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex) and Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) do not inhibit the aromatase process in the body; they do not actively reduce the total amount of estrogen in the body. SERM’s such as Nolvadex or Clomid simply block estrogen from binding to certain receptors in the body and this can be a very useful tool; however, as you can see it is not nearly as strong since it has no reducing capability. Even so, SERM’s in the same light as AI’s actively increase or stimulate natural testosterone production and for this reason are commonly used during what is known as the Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan. Yes, both SERM’s and AI’s can be used for PCT purposes, the PCT purpose being largely to return testosterone production back to normal after it has been diminished through anabolic steroid use. However, we do not recommend AI’s for PCT therapy, even though they will increase testosterone greatly we prefer SERM’s for this purpose for one simple reason. During the PCT process we are not simply trying to increase testosterone but to normalize our entire hormonal production. As AI’s greatly reduce estrogen, a much needed hormone in the human body, we prefer SERM’s over AI’s to fulfill this purpose.

Arimidex Cycles and Doses:

Most who supplement with Arimidex will be doing so for the prevention of side-effects while on cycle or to tighten up their physique for a physique based competition by reducing estrogen in the body. Most men will find 0.5mg every other day to be a good starting point while on cycle if it is needed for side-effect prevention with 1mg every other day generally being the most anyone will ever need for this purpose. However, if side-effects begin to manifest, particular Gynecomastia, many find supplementing with 1mg every day for a few weeks to be useful in combating this enemy; however, for this purpose we would in most cases recommend the slightly stronger AI Letrozole but Arimidex will often suffice. If this occurs, simply supplement with 1mg every day until symptoms pass; once they do drop the dose to every other day and finish your intended cycle. It should be noted, this is not a 100% failsafe plan; for some no amount of any AI on earth will protect from Gynecomastia.

The same dosing can be applied in physique sport competition, most notably bodybuilding; it is very common for many bodybuilders to supplement with Arimidex for 12-16 weeks leading up to a competition at a dose of 1mg every other day. However, many bodybuilders will necessarily increase the dose to 1mg every day the final 10-14 days before the show in order to ensure they are as hard and water free as possible. However, we cannot recommend anyone supplement with this compound at that high of a dose for an extended period of time, as such dosing for extended periods would be too much estrogen suppression.

Women in the physique sports world also sometimes supplement with Arimidex to provide a dryer and harder look but this will generally only occur a few weeks out from competition. Low doses for short periods of time can aid in a woman the same way it can a male competitor but as estrogen is slightly more important to a female use must necessarily be limited.

 

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Clomid

(Clomiphene Citrate)

Developed for the purpose of ovarian stimulation Clomiphene Citrate actively stimulates the gonadotropins by increasing production; protein based hormones essential to a well-functioning endocrine system. However, while ovarian stimulation was its primary design, by its very nature it stimulates all gonadotropins within the body and several other uses have been found for this non-steroidal medication, particularly in the world of performance enhancement. That is correct, Clomidas it is most commonly known is not a steroid, as it belongs to a class known as Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) and like most all SERMs serves a vital purpose in hormonal production. As we will see, while ovarian stimulation and performance enhancement are perhaps its most common reason for use many men supplement with Clomid for the purpose of treating low testosterone, similar to the supplementation of aromatase inhibitors to meet this end.

Clomid:

A Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator, Clomid by design binds to the receptors thereby preventing estrogen from binding; in simplistic terms it takes estrogens place at this binding point and this can serve and bring about several benefits to the intended individual. While binding to the receptors Clomid also simultaneously increases the release of both Luteinizing and Follicle Stimulating Hormones (LH & FSH) by way of stimulation; as both LH and FSH are imperative to testosterone production, without testosterone declines, through this direct stimulation natural testosterone production is increased. For the performance enhancer this presents two distinct benefits, one for On-Cycle protection by the receptor binding and one for Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) in-terms of re-stimulating proper natural hormonal production. For the treatment of low testosteronewe can also easily begin to see the purpose, as increased LH and FSH lend to the desired end.

We must here give distinction to clear up common confusion. It is often believed by many that Clomid actively reduces the amount of estrogen within the body or that it actively blocks it from existing in the first place; for this reason many refer to it as an anti-estrogen but this is somewhat inappropriate. Clomid does not inhibit estrogen production nor does it reduce the amount of estrogen in the body. Yes, there are medications that have this affect, most notably aromatase inhibitors, the most common being Arimidex and Letrozole. However, while Clomid does carry with it some similarities, especially revolving around HPTA its direct nature is unique in comparison to aromatase inhibitors.

The Benefits of Clomid:

For the anabolic androgenic steroid user there are three distinct benefits separated into two distinct categories; therapeutic testosterone replacement and performance enhancement. As we are aware many anabolic steroids convert into estrogen once present in the human body and never is this truer than with the advent and presence of exogenous testosterone. The cause of this estrogen conversion is largely brought on by what is commonly referred to as the aromatase process and it is this process that can lead to many of the most commonly known steroidal side-effects. Estrogen buildup is largely responsible for the brunt of anabolic steroid related side-effects and perhaps the most threatening for many is Gynecomastia or what is commonly known as Gyno or male breast enlargement. It is true, Clomid will do very little to reduce the total amount of estrogen in the body, in-fact it really wont do anything at all but it can prevent the existing estrogen from binding to the receptors of the pectoral region thereby preventing the onset of Gynecomastia. It is important to note, while this binding at the receptors can be very efficient it is limited in action; those who are extremely sensitive or who have a greater buildup of estrogen than Clomid can bind will find this SERM to be useless in-terms of side-effect prevention. For this individual only an active aromatase inhibitor will do; in the case of this individual we need a medication that not only inhibits estrogen from existing by conversion but one that actively reduces the total amount as well; this is where Arimidex and Letrozole really become invaluable.

While Clomid has a use for On-Cycle steroid use it is perhaps during PCT that it really shines through and it is here most in the performance enhancing world will find it most beneficial and understanding this is relatively simple. When we supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids our natural testosterone production is suppressed; the degree varies depending on the steroids used and dosing and duration can also have an effect but regardless suppression will exist. Because natural testosterone suppression exists most will supplement with the testosterone steroid while on cycle; it is important to note, even the testosterone steroid actively suppresses natural testosterone production. As natural production is suppressed, while on cycle if exogenous testosterone is being used this is of very little concern; after all, with exogenous testosterone use we ensure we have the testosterone we need in our body and yes, you need testosterone as it is a hormone of absolute vital importance. Once the cycle is complete this is where some find they run into trouble; it is very common for gains from a cycle to be lost to the wind and for an individual to put on a little fat and just feel like a pile of garbage. Why does this happen, its simple, theyre not producing any or enough testosterone and no longer have any exogenous testosterone to meet this end. Through the use of Clomid, recall, it actively stimulates the release of natural testosterone we can see this problem remedied as it becomes a concern of distant memory past.

It is commonly understood, testosterone is produced in the testicles of men but many fail to understand this is not where production begins; yes, you need well-functioning testicles but in many ways this is the end of the testosterone assembly line. To produce testosterone in adequate amounts we may aptly say production begins at the pituitary; the pituitary must release LH and it must release an adequate amount; the amount of LH released greatly determines the amount of testosterone produced. Again, recall from above, Clomid greatly stimulates LH release, thereby stimulating total testosterone production and aiding in ensuring enough testosterone is in the body. For years, in-fact decades performance enhancers have supplemented with Clomid for PCT purposes in order to preserve gains made but while this is important it proves to be even more important in-terms of preserving overall health; remember, testosterone is essential, so essential we can aptly label it one of the most important hormones the human body will ever produce.

As Clomid so greatly stimulates natural testosterone production the benefit for the low testosterone patient is very easy to see; if you suffer from low testosterone you simply need to produce more andClomid can provide a means by which your naturally produced levels can increase. For many men this is a welcomed medication to fill this role; simply take a pill once or twice a day and be done with it, problem solved but more times than not its simply not that simple. While Clomid can be beneficial and effective in low testosterone treatment more times than not it is not strong enough and directtestosterone therapy is needed; meaning, some sort of exogenous testosterone must be applied.

The Side-Effects of Clomid:

Anabolic steroids, SERMs, NSAID painkillers such as Aspirin, they all carry with them possible side-effects, some more so than others and individual sensitivity always plays a large, very large role; while simplistic it is no different than how some are lactose intolerant while others are not. Remember, possible side-effects simply mean maybe it can happen and in no way means it will. As it pertains to Clomid we have a relatively side-effect friendly medication in-fact most will experience noside-effects at all but of those that do the most common is blurred vision. No, blurred vision does not mean blind, it simply means blurred and it will return to normal once use is discontinued. Some individuals have also reported abdominal discomfort and even hot flashes but both are extremely rare, so rare less than 1% of all Clomid users will ever experience them to any degree. Some Clomid users have also reported acne, especially on their back or shoulders but this is largely due to the increase of the now higher natural testosterone production and generally clears very fast as the body adapts and becomes accustomed.

Clomid and Nolvadex:

It is very common for both Clomid and Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) to be interchanged in conversation and this is not the worst comparison ever made as they are both very similar to one another in action as it pertains to those who supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids for any reason. However, while very similar in nature we cannot and should not interchange them identically as there are differences, most notably in-terms of potency. Both Clomid and Nolvadex belong to the SERM classification and both SERMs actively protect against estrogenic related side-effects and carry with them the ability to stimulate natural testosterone production. While the mode of action is very similar we find that on a milligram for milligram basis Nolvadex is much stronger than Clomid; for example to equal the power of 40mg of Nolvadex the individual would need close to 200mg of Clomid. In the end the individual will simply choose the one that works best for them but you need to be aware of the potency differences if you are to make the best use of either item. Many individuals fail to benefit from Clomid simply because they dont use enough, they often supplement with Clomid identically to the way they would Nolvadex and this is as you can see a mistake.

Clomid Cycles and Doses:

As Clomid side-effects are very rare and extremely mild if they occur at all, Clomid can be used for far extended periods of time if necessary; one could safely and effectively supplement with Clomid the entire duration of a cycle to prevent Gynecomastia if proven necessary. While Nolvadex is far more common to meet this end a simply dosing of 25mg of Clomid every day can in many cases be sufficient to prevent certain aromatase related side-effects while on cycle. However, many in the performance enhancing world will find this to be lacking as their doses of anabolic steroids will necessarily be high and stronger aromatase inhibitors will be needed.

Without question it is during the PCT period most will find Clomid to be the most beneficial and without question the most common time period in-which this SERM will be used. The majority of performance enhancers will find a 4 week total PCT period to be very efficient with 3 weeks of the total period consisting of Clomid. For example, a solid PCT schedule might include a 10-12 dayperiod of hCG use followed by 3 weeks of Clomid therapy. Generally, a dosing of 150mg every day for one week followed by 2 weeks at 100mg can be very effective but depending on the individual some will need more time and another week or two at 50-100mg per day should suffice in this instance.

The Effects of Clomid on PCT:

During the PCT period the basic idea is twofold; to stimulate natural testosterone production and normalize the body. When we supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids our natural testosterone production is suppressed. For this reason most performance enhancers supplement with exogenous testosterone in-order to provide the body what it needs; not to mention testosterone is one of the most versatile anabolic steroids to begin with of enormous power. Once an anabolic steroid cycle is complete the first order of business is to bring natural testosterone production back online. No, a PCT plan will not do this all on its own, it will actually take several months to achieve this end but a solid PCT plan will provide this much faster than without. This is where the effects of Clomid can be very useful.

One of the primary effects of Clomid is by the way it stimulates the release of Luteinizing and Follicle Stimulating Hormones (LH & FSH) with a strong emphasis on LH. Both LH and FSH are essential to testosterone production; again, LH to an even larger degree. Without the release of LH no testosterone will be produced; by the effects of Clomid more LH is released thereby signaling to the testicles to produce more testosterone. As our testosterone levels increase by-way of this stimulated release of LH and FSH we are able to preserve more of the gains we made while on cycle but more importantly protect our health. Testosterone is an essential hormone necessary to a healthy and well-functioning body; in-fact, the testosterone hormone is one of the most important hormones our body produces. If our body does not have access to an adequate amount of this potent androgen we lose muscle mass, gain body-fat, lose strength and we also suffer greatly regarding mental function, sexual function and in general our entire disposition and quality of life goes into decline. For the PCT purpose its not hard to see why the effects of Clomid are so highly desired by many performance enhancers.

Comparing Nolvadex:

Clomid is not the only SERM used during PCT; the powerful and potent SERM Tamoxifen Citrate(Nolvadex) may be even more popular. The reason Nolvadex is perhaps more popular is because its often more readily available but largely its more popular in many circles due to myth. The belief is that Nolvadex is more powerfully effective than Clomid; the truth, Clomid and Nolvadex are almost identical. The effects of Clomid and Nolvadex during PCT use are the same; both stimulate the production of natural testosterone by the same mode of action; in that there is no difference.

The reason this myth exists regarding Nolva as it is commonly known is because on a milligram for milligram basis Nolva is stronger than Clomid. When many performance enhancers supplement with Nolva, if they supplement with Clomid the next time theyll use a similar dose as they did with Nolva and even if they increase the dose its rarely enough. Doses of Nolva at 40mg per day are very common place during PCT use and many match their Clomid at a dose of 50mg per day and this is the problem. For the effects of Clomid to match 40mg of Nolvadex one will need about 150mg of Clomid. This does not make Clomiphene Citrate inferior to Tamoxifen Citrate any more than it makes Tylenol inferior to Extra-Strength Tylenol; we must simply recognize proper doses.

Clomid vs. AIs:

AIs or Aromatase Inhibitors are also often used during the PCT process and for stimulating natural testosterone production they may indeed beat the effects of Clomid; however, AI PCT use is not something we can recommend. AIs although excellent testosterone producing tools also greatly reduce estrogen and herein lies the problem. Estrogen is another very important hormone and during the PCT process we do not only want to stimulate testosterone production but we are wanting to normalize; we want all of our hormonal productions to be exactly what theyre supposed to be. The effects of Clomid will not decrease the estrogen levels of the body and this simply makes Clomiphene a better choice. Make no mistake, AIs are very useful to the performance enhancer while on-cycle as a means of protecting against many adverse side-effects but are best used for this purpose and not the PCT period.

Clomid Cycle Timing:

The basic Clomid cycle will as stated be used during PCT; in-fact, in many cases the entire PCT plan will comprise of this and only this SERM. When we start this cycle will be dependent on one single factor; how the anabolic steroid cycle ended. If our anabolic steroid cycle ends with any large ester base steroids in play our Clomid therapy will begin 2-3 weeks after out last steroid injection. Conversely, if our anabolic steroid cycle ends with all small ester base steroids our Clomid therapy will begin approximately 3 days after our last steroid injection.

This time frame protocol is very important to follow. If you start your Clomid cycle too soon and your anabolic steroid cycle ended with large ester steroids youll be beating your head against the wall. Large esters take time to clear the body and theres no point in trying to stimulate natural testosterone production when suppressing agents are still present in the body. The same way of thinking must be applied to small ester base steroids as well. If we wait too long to start our Clomid cycle were only damaging our cause; theres a good chance well lose a lot more of the progress made when we wait too long. Understand the truth; the best PCT plan in the world will not preserve all the gains you made while on a cycle of anabolic steroids but we can do things to improve how much we keep and a quality Clomid cycle coupled with proper diet and training can do wonders.

The Actual Clomid Cycle:

The actual Clomid cycle itself will normally last 4-5 weeks with some men increasing the total duration to 6 weeks. Most men will find a starting dose of 150mg per day and ending with 50mg per day to be more than sufficient. Some men may not need this many weeks; some may be fine with 3 weeks but 4-5 weeks is a good rule of thumb and will ensure your PCT plan is all it can be. A sample Clomid cycle most all will find useful is as follows:

  • Week 1: 150mg Every Day
  • Week 2: 150mg Every Day
  • Week 3: 100mg Every Day
  • Week 4: 100mg Every Day
  • Week 5: 50mg Every Day
  • Week 6: (Optional) 50mg Every Day

Enhancing Your Clomid Cycle:

The best way to enhance your Clomid cycle is by adding Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) a powerful peptide hormone that greatly stimulates natural testosterone production. If this is added into the equation you will begin hCG use before your Clomid therapy begins. Most men will find 10 days of hCG therapy to be more than sufficient and lend to a more well-rounded PCT recovery plan. For most men a dosing of hCG at 500iu-1,000iu every day for 10 straight days will be the way to go; how much you choose precisely will be determined by individual need. Once your hCG therapy is complete transition into your Clomid therapy immediately.

Further, in regards to timing; if your anabolic steroid cycle ended with all small ester steroids you will start your hCG therapy approximately 3 days after your last steroid injection. Conversely, if your anabolic steroid cycle ended with any large ester base steroids you will begin hCG therapy 10 days after your last steroid injection. Follow this protocol for hCG use combined with a quality Clomid cycle and you will not be disappointed in the results.

$60.00
$70.00
EXEMESTANE (AROMASIN) 25 MG/ML MONSTERLAB
EXEMESTANE (AROMASIN) 25 MG/ML MONSTERLAB

PRODUCT INFO                                           Item: 34

ALTERNATIVE STEROID NAMES:Aromasin 
ACTIVE SUBSTANCE:Aromasin 25mg/ml 30 ml
  
Testicle Stimulation: 
Anti-Estrogen Use:@@@@@@@@@@
Cutting/Definition:@@@@@@@@
Side Effects:@@@
Ability to keep Gains: 
  
Usual dosages:10- 50 mg per day
  
Detection time:NA
  
  
Beginner Use:@@@@@@@@@@
Female Use: 
  
Pros:Very good as an anti-estrogen, Improves quality of gained muscle.
Cons:Very expensive, sometimes hard to find.

 

Exemestane

(Aromasin)

Aromasin is a powerful anti-estrogen medication commonly sold under the brand name “Arimidex” and it is by that name most are familiar with the compound. As an anti-estrogen medication Aromasin belongs to the aromatase inhibitor (AI) family and it is by this designation we truly see the function of this medication. First brought to the market by AstraZeneca,Aromasin was created in an effort to combat breast cancer in post-menopausal women. As we are aware estrogen is the enemy when it comes to breast cancer and Aromasin actively reduces the amount the body produces and it is by this trait one can already begin to see how this might be useful in-terms ofanabolic steroid use. No, Aromasin is not an anabolic steroid; it is not a steroid in any shape or form but is commonly used in conjunction with anabolic steroids to combat estrogenic related side-effects.

 
Exemestane:
 

Aromasin, commonly known as Exemestane is an aromatase inhibitor that actively blocks the aromatase enzyme by-which its duty cannot be performed, that being producing estrogen. By this inhibiting process the compound can actively reduce estrogen in the body by as much as 80%. Coupled with its estrogen reducing effects Aromasin also greatly increases testosterone in the body and can do so by as much as 50% by increasing total testosterone as well as Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) total output.

For the breast cancer patient this proves to be invaluable as decreased estrogen provides remedy, for in many ways breast cancer in very simplistic terms feeds off of the estrogen hormone. However, this same trait can also provide benefit to the anabolic androgenic steroid user in both hormone replacement patients who are very sensitive to testosterone treatment and of course to performance enhancers. Many anabolic androgenic steroids convert to estrogen due to the aromatase process and estrogen, while an essential hormone can lead to many unwanted side-effects when it is present in excess.

 

The Benefits of Exemestane:

By and large, as it pertains to anabolic androgenic steroid use the use and benefits ofExemestane greatly surround side-effect prevention. However, in men who suffer from low testosterone and who seek therapeutic remedy Exemestane can at times be a good choice, for as we discovered above the compound by its nature actively increases total testosterone output. Even so, while this remains true most men will find direct testosterone treatment to be optimal in treating their low levels and will generally require a regular dosing of an injectable or transdermal testosterone medication. In the case of low testosterone treatment most men will find the therapy well-tolerated and generally side-effect free; we must always remember, side-effects increase when dosing increases and as therapeutic dosing is very low the need for an AI is generally low in low testosterone patients.

Without question those who supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids for the purpose of performance enhancement will benefit from Arimidex use the most when comparing to therapeuticsteroid users. Performance enhancing doses are necessarily larger than therapeutic doses; after all, in therapy the idea is to return hormonal levels to normal but in performance enhancement the idea is to surpass them and to do so greatly. With such doses in mind the rate of aromatase greatly increases; no, not all anabolic androgenic steroids convert into estrogen but a vast quantity do and at varying rates depending on the steroid. By this conversion process when excess levels of the estrogen hormone buildup in the body some of the most common and well-known anabolic steroid side-effects may manifest themselves; including but not limited to:

  • Gynecomastia
  • Water Retention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Loss of Libido
  • Hair Loss
  • Fat Gain

While some of these side-effects can be brought on by other factors, especially blood pressure and cholesterol, estrogen buildup can play a major role. For the majority of performance enhancing athletes the side-effects of steroid use that are of the greatest concern will remain Gynecomastia and water retention as these are the two most common but it is often in Arimidex they find remedy. As Arimidex blocks or as indicated by its name as an AI “Inhibits” estrogen buildup many of the common side-effects become nothing more than a memory or concern of the past. Think about it, if the estrogen that causes the side-effects is no longer present how can estrogenic related side-effects present themselves; they can’t, what doesn’t exist simply doesn’t exist.

Some performance enhancers, especially those who are looking to really add size to their frame often shy away from Exemestane out of a fear of losing or not obtaining gains. It is true, estrogen aids in the promotion of building muscle tissue and more importantly it is a hormone essential to our overall health, particularly our immune system. However, we are not removing all estrogen from our body through Exemestane use, we are simply reducing it, although greatly. Further, if you are going to supplement with anabolic steroids for the purpose of performance enhancement you need to ask yourself an important question; what’s worse, a few less gains or horrible unsightly side-effects? It is also important to note, while estrogen suppression will somewhat limit the amount of weight you gain it will not do so to the degree feared by many; not even close.

The Side-Effects of Exemestane:

When it comes to side-effects it is always important to note all medications from every family carry with them a potential for side-effects; this includes everything to common cold medicine, pain killers, anabolic steroids and even AI’s such as Exemestane. However, when we examineExemestane the potential for adverse side-effects appears to be very low. There do not appear to be any strong negative indirect side-effects due to supplemental use; however, use can lead to unwanted effects due to decreased estrogen in the body. In order for the human body to maintain a proper functioning endocrine system we must have some estrogen present. Further, decreased estrogen can have a negative effect on cholesterol, a very side-effect problem you are trying to prevent through use; as you may have guessed when it comes to cholesterol there is a very fine line as it pertains to the estrogen hormone. However, Exemestane doesn’t appear to affect this greatly in a negative way and therefore remains a positive choice in this regard.

For the majority of steroid users, those who supplement with Arimidex will not want to do so indefinitely in the name of safety; while it is generally side-effect friendly it is not a good idea to keep estrogen levels so suppressed for far extended periods of time. Most will find such AI’s should only be used while on cycle and discontinued once the cycle is complete in order to let the body return to normal hormonal production. If side-effects are not a problem for you then perhaps no Arimidex will be needed; however, for competitive physique athletes, even if they rarely suffer from anabolicsteroid side-effects Exemestane can still be very useful, as reduced estrogen will provide a leaner and harder physique. For this reason many competitive bodybuilders supplement with Arimidex during their contest preparation diets.

Exemestane and SERM’s:

It is very common for Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) to be thrown in the same anti-estrogen category as Arimidex and other AI’s but this is far from correct. SERM’s such asTamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex) and Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) do not inhibit the aromatase process in the body; they do not actively reduce the total amount of estrogen in the body. SERM’s such as Nolvadex or Clomid simply block estrogen from binding to certain receptors in the body and this can be a very useful tool; however, as you can see it is not nearly as strong since it has no reducing capability. Even so, SERM’s in the same light as AI’s actively increase or stimulate natural testosterone production and for this reason are commonly used during what is known as the Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan. Yes, both SERM’s and AI’s can be used for PCT purposes, the PCT purpose being largely to return testosterone production back to normal after it has been diminished through anabolic steroid use. However, we do not recommend AI’s for PCT therapy, even though they will increase testosterone greatly we prefer SERM’s for this purpose for one simple reason. During the PCT process we are not simply trying to increase testosterone but to normalize our entire hormonal production. As AI’s greatly reduce estrogen, a much needed hormone in the human body, we prefer SERM’s over AI’s to fulfill this purpose.

Exemestane Cycles and Doses:

Most who supplement with Arimidex will be doing so for the prevention of side-effects while on cycle or to tighten up their physique for a physique based competition by reducing estrogen in the body. Most men will find 0.5mg every other day to be a good starting point while on cycle if it is needed for side-effect prevention with 1mg every other day generally being the most anyone will ever need for this purpose. However, if side-effects begin to manifest, particular Gynecomastia, many find supplementing with 1mg every day for a few weeks to be useful in combating this enemy; however, for this purpose we would in most cases recommend the slightly stronger AI Letrozole but Arimidex will often suffice. If this occurs, simply supplement with 1mg every day until symptoms pass; once they do drop the dose to every other day and finish your intended cycle. It should be noted, this is not a 100% failsafe plan; for some no amount of any AI on earth will protect from Gynecomastia.

The same dosing can be applied in physique sport competition, most notably bodybuilding; it is very common for many bodybuilders to supplement with Arimidex for 12-16 weeks leading up to a competition at a dose of 1mg every other day. However, many bodybuilders will necessarily increase the dose to 1mg every day the final 10-14 days before the show in order to ensure they are as hard and water free as possible. However, we cannot recommend anyone supplement with this compound at that high of a dose for an extended period of time, as such dosing for extended periods would be too much estrogen suppression.

Women in the physique sports world also sometimes supplement with Exemestane to provide a dryer and harder look but this will generally only occur a few weeks out from competition. Low doses for short periods of time can aid in a woman the same way it can a male competitor but as estrogen is slightly more important to a female use must necessarily be limited.

$50.00
$68.00
LETROZOL (FAMERA) 2,5 MG/ML MONSTERLAB
LETROZOL (FAMERA) 2,5 MG/ML MONSTERLAB

PRODUCT INFO                                           Item: 36

ALTERNATIVE STEROID NAMES:Letrozol, Famera
ACTIVE SUBSTANCE:Anastrozole 2,5 ml/ml 30 ml
  
Testicle Stimulation: 
Anti-Estrogen Use:@@@@@@@@@@
Cutting/Definition:@@@@@@@@
Side Effects:@@@
Ability to keep Gains: 
  
Usual dosages:1 - 5 mg per day
  
Detection time:NA
  
  
Beginner Use:@@@@@@@@@@
Female Use: 
  
Pros:Very good as an anti-estrogen, Improves quality of gained muscle.
Cons:Very expensive, sometimes hard to find.

 

Famera

(Letrozol)

Letrozol is a powerful anti-estrogen medication commonly sold under the brand name “Letrozol” and it is by that name most are familiar with the compound. As an anti-estrogen medicationLetrozol belongs to the aromatase inhibitor (AI) family and it is by this designation we truly see the function of this medication. First brought to the market by AstraZeneca, Letrozol was created in an effort to combat breast cancer in post-menopausal women. As we are aware estrogen is the enemy when it comes to breast cancer and Arimidex actively reduces the amount the body produces and it is by this trait one can already begin to see how this might be useful in-terms ofanabolic steroid use. No, Letrozol is not an anabolic steroid; it is not a steroid in any shape or form but is commonly used in conjunction with anabolic steroids to combat estrogenic related side-effects.

Letrozol:

Letrozol, commonly known as Letrozol is an aromatase inhibitor that actively blocks the aromatase enzyme by-which its duty cannot be performed, that being producing estrogen. By this inhibiting process the compound can actively reduce estrogen in the body by as much as 80%. Coupled with its estrogen reducing effects Letrozol also greatly increases testosterone in the body and can do so by as much as 50% by increasing total testosterone as well as Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) total output.

For the breast cancer patient this proves to be invaluable as decreased estrogen provides remedy, for in many ways breast cancer in very simplistic terms feeds off of the estrogen hormone. However, this same trait can also provide benefit to the anabolic androgenic steroid user in both hormone replacement patients who are very sensitive to testosterone treatment and of course to performance enhancers. Many anabolic androgenic steroids convert to estrogen due to the aromatase process and estrogen, while an essential hormone can lead to many unwanted side-effects when it is present in excess.

The Benefits of Letrozol:

By and large, as it pertains to anabolic androgenic steroid use the use and benefits of Arimidex greatly surround side-effect prevention. However, in men who suffer from low testosterone and who seek therapeutic remedy Letrozol can at times be a good choice, for as we discovered above the compound by its nature actively increases total testosterone output. Even so, while this remains true most men will find direct testosterone treatment to be optimal in treating their low levels and will generally require a regular dosing of an injectable or transdermal testosterone medication. In the case of low testosterone treatment most men will find the therapy well-tolerated and generally side-effect free; we must always remember, side-effects increase when dosing increases and as therapeutic dosing is very low the need for an AI is generally low in low testosterone patients.

Without question those who supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids for the purpose of performance enhancement will benefit from Arimidex use the most when comparing to therapeuticsteroid users. Performance enhancing doses are necessarily larger than therapeutic doses; after all, in therapy the idea is to return hormonal levels to normal but in performance enhancement the idea is to surpass them and to do so greatly. With such doses in mind the rate of aromatase greatly increases; no, not all anabolic androgenic steroids convert into estrogen but a vast quantity do and at varying rates depending on the steroid. By this conversion process when excess levels of the estrogen hormone buildup in the body some of the most common and well-known anabolic steroid side-effects may manifest themselves; including but not limited to:

  • Gynecomastia
  • Water Retention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Loss of Libido
  • Hair Loss
  • Fat Gain

While some of these side-effects can be brought on by other factors, especially blood pressure and cholesterol, estrogen buildup can play a major role. For the majority of performance enhancing athletes the side-effects of steroid use that are of the greatest concern will remain Gynecomastia and water retention as these are the two most common but it is often in Letrozolthey find remedy. As Letrozol blocks or as indicated by its name as an AI “Inhibits” estrogen buildup many of the common side-effects become nothing more than a memory or concern of the past. Think about it, if the estrogen that causes the side-effects is no longer present how can estrogenic related side-effects present themselves; they can’t, what doesn’t exist simply doesn’t exist.

Some performance enhancers, especially those who are looking to really add size to their frame often shy away from Arimidex out of a fear of losing or not obtaining gains. It is true, estrogen aids in the promotion of building muscle tissue and more importantly it is a hormone essential to our overall health, particularly our immune system. However, we are not removing all estrogen from our body through Letrozoluse, we are simply reducing it, although greatly. Further, if you are going to supplement with anabolic steroids for the purpose of performance enhancement you need to ask yourself an important question; what’s worse, a few less gains or horrible unsightly side-effects? It is also important to note, while estrogen suppression will somewhat limit the amount of weight you gain it will not do so to the degree feared by many; not even close.

The Side-Effects of Letrozol:

When it comes to side-effects it is always important to note all medications from every family carry with them a potential for side-effects; this includes everything to common cold medicine, pain killers, anabolic steroids and even AI’s such as Letrozol. However, when we examineLetrozol the potential for adverse side-effects appears to be very low. There do not appear to be any strong negative indirect side-effects due to supplemental use; however, use can lead to unwanted effects due to decreased estrogen in the body. In order for the human body to maintain a proper functioning endocrine system we must have some estrogen present. Further, decreased estrogen can have a negative effect on cholesterol, a very side-effect problem you are trying to prevent through use; as you may have guessed when it comes to cholesterol there is a very fine line as it pertains to the estrogen hormone. However, Letrozol doesn’t appear to affect this greatly in a negative way and therefore remains a positive choice in this regard.

For the majority of steroid users, those who supplement with Letrozol will not want to do so indefinitely in the name of safety; while it is generally side-effect friendly it is not a good idea to keep estrogen levels so suppressed for far extended periods of time. Most will find such AI’s should only be used while on cycle and discontinued once the cycle is complete in order to let the body return to normal hormonal production. If side-effects are not a problem for you then perhaps no Letrozol will be needed; however, for competitive physique athletes, even if they rarely suffer from anabolicsteroid side-effects Letrozol can still be very useful, as reduced estrogen will provide a leaner and harder physique. For this reason many competitive bodybuilders supplement with Letrozol during their contest preparation diets.

Arimidex and SERM’s:

It is very common for Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) to be thrown in the same anti-estrogen category as Letrozol and other AI’s but this is far from correct. SERM’s such asTamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex) and Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) do not inhibit the aromatase process in the body; they do not actively reduce the total amount of estrogen in the body. SERM’s such as Nolvadex or Clomid simply block estrogen from binding to certain receptors in the body and this can be a very useful tool; however, as you can see it is not nearly as strong since it has no reducing capability. Even so, SERM’s in the same light as AI’s actively increase or stimulate natural testosterone production and for this reason are commonly used during what is known as the Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan. Yes, both SERM’s and AI’s can be used for PCT purposes, the PCT purpose being largely to return testosterone production back to normal after it has been diminished through anabolic steroid use. However, we do not recommend AI’s for PCT therapy, even though they will increase testosterone greatly we prefer SERM’s for this purpose for one simple reason. During the PCT process we are not simply trying to increase testosterone but to normalize our entire hormonal production. As AI’s greatly reduce estrogen, a much needed hormone in the human body, we prefer SERM’s over AI’s to fulfill this purpose.

Arimidex Cycles and Doses:

Most who supplement with Letrozol will be doing so for the prevention of side-effects while on cycle or to tighten up their physique for a physique based competition by reducing estrogen in the body. Most men will find 0.5mg every other day to be a good starting point while on cycle if it is needed for side-effect prevention with 1mg every other day generally being the most anyone will ever need for this purpose. However, if side-effects begin to manifest, particular Gynecomastia, many find supplementing with 1mg every day for a few weeks to be useful in combating this enemy; however, for this purpose we would in most cases recommend the slightly stronger AI Letrozole but Letrozol will often suffice. If this occurs, simply supplement with 1mg every day until symptoms pass; once they do drop the dose to every other day and finish your intended cycle. It should be noted, this is not a 100% failsafe plan; for some no amount of any AI on earth will protect from Gynecomastia.

The same dosing can be applied in physique sport competition, most notably bodybuilding; it is very common for many bodybuilders to supplement with Letrozol for 12-16 weeks leading up to a competition at a dose of 3mg every other day. However, many bodybuilders will necessarily increase the dose to 5 mg every day the final 10-14 days before the show in order to ensure they are as hard and water free as possible. However, we cannot recommend anyone supplement with this compound at that high of a dose for an extended period of time, as such dosing for extended periods would be too much estrogen suppression.

Women in the physique sports world also sometimes supplement with Letrozol to provide a dryer and harder look but this will generally only occur a few weeks out from competition. Low doses for short periods of time can aid in a woman the same way it can a male competitor but as estrogen is slightly more important to a female use must necessarily be limited.

 

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$62.00
NOVALDEX 20 MG (TAMOXIFEN CITRATE) MONSTERLAB
  • PRODUCT INFO                                            Item: 37

    ALTERNATIVE STEROID NAMES:Nolvadex, Nolvadex oral, Tamoxifen citrate, Zymoplex, Tamoxol, Tamoxy 20
    ACTIVE SUBSTANCE:Tamoxifen Citrate 20mg/capsule 100 capsules
      
    Testicle Stimulation:@@@@@@@@
    Anti-Estrogen Use:@@@@@@@
    Cutting/Definition:@@@@@@@
    Side Effects:@@@
    Ability to keep Gains:@
      
    Usual dosages:10 - 30 mg per day
      
    Detection time:Estimated 5 - 7 weeks.
      
      
    Beginner Use:@@@@@@@@@@
    Female Use:@
      
    Pros:average test stimulator and a very good anti-estrogen agent, easily available.
    Cons:May reduce the gains.

     

    Nolvadex

    (Tamoxifen Citrate)

    Perhaps most well-known in the performance enhancing world and its not a steroid, Nolvadex was originally developed with anything but performance enhancement in mind. Tamoxifen Citrate was originally brought to the market place by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and introduced to the world as a suitable Morning After pill but in the end this would prove to be far from its positive purpose. Shortly after its inception is was discovered Nolvadex provided a formidable opponent against breast cancer but as is common soon performance purposes were found too. This is not an uncommon phenomenon, not by a long shot; many performance enhancing drugs start out as anything but performance enhancing drugs but so many in the end find this to be their primary purpose. However, unlike many anabolic steroids that have been found to fit this same bill Nolvadex does not actually enhance performance to a great degree but rather allows the individual to enhance more thoroughly as we will see; in-fact, Nolvadex has proven to be one of the more irreplaceable items in the arsenal of most performance enhancers.

    Nolvadex:

    Comprised of the active compound Tamoxifen Citrate but more well-known by its most common trade name Nolvadex and often referred to simply as Nolva Nolvadex belongs to a class of drugs known as Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs.) In many ways this compound is very similar to another famous SERM Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) with Nolva being more powerful on a milligram for milligram basis. Nolvadex exists as an antagonist of the estrogen receptors thereby preventing estrogen from binding and binding in its place. For this reason many often refer to this SERM as an anti-estrogen but this is a little off base. Nolvadex doesnt have the ability to reduce estrogen in the body nor does it have the ability to prevent it from forming and building up; for such an affect to occur one would need an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI.) AIs actively reduce estrogen in the body, most commonly Arimidex and Letrozole come to mind but they also aid in preventing the estrogen from existing in the first place and this is and can be very useful to most any anabolic steroid user. Nolvadex does not carry this nature with it; it merely blocks the estrogen from taking action to a degree; make no mistake, while not as powerful as an AI this trait can be very useful and it is hardly its only trait. Another thing to consider is the estrogen hormone itself, the very hormone it binds; sometimes reducing estrogen or limiting its existence really isnt a good thing; we actually need some estrogen in our system in order to be properly functioning human beings. Even so, when estrogen levels increase this can be a problem and this is when remedy must often take place.

    As estrogen binding is an important trait in-which this SERM possesses it is not the most important one, as Nolva has been proven to have a strong positive effect on natural testosterone production. When present in the body Nolvadex actively stimulates the release of Luteinizing Hormones (LH) a very important hormone, for it is its release that stimulates natural testosterone production. Without LH (among other things) there is no testosterone production in the body and as anabolicsteroids greatly suppress our natural testosterone production, again, this is where Nolvadex can prove to be very useful; in-fact, it is in this regard where we may find it to be the most useful of all.

    The Benefits of Nolvadex:

    As Nolvadex by nature performs two very specific actions it will have two very specific uses for the anabolic steroid user and each comes at a different time and serves its own unique purpose. No, the hormone does not change when we use it for one purpose rather than the other, regardless of use its very nature remains unchanged but it is the purpose of use that may vary and we will find the purpose of use to be while on cycle or during the Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan.

    For most anabolic steroid users Nolvadex will be part of a PCT supplemental plan and it is here that the SERM will serve its greatest purpose; so great we may aptly label Nolvadex as the single most important PCT medication of all time. As eluded to before anabolic androgenic steroids suppress natural testosterone production; regardless of the steroids used this will occur. It is true; some steroids will suppress more than others and while dosing and duration will play a large role suppression to some degree will exist. Once a cycle of anabolic steroids has come to an end the first order of business is to ensure natural testosterone production begins again and as fast as possible; even if your cycle included exogenous testosterone (which we highly recommend) your natural levels will still be suppressed and far from optimal. Restarting production is important largely for two reasons; what should be the most obvious is normalizing returning the body to its natural function in order to maintain proper health. Further, the faster we can restart natural production; thereby ensuring adequate testosterone is in our body the more gains we will hold onto that we earned through the cycle. It is very important to note while Nolvadex therapy is very useful for this purpose a simple PCT plan that includes the SERM will not by itself bring natural levels back to normal. Yes, it will greatly speed up the process but a standard 3-4 week PCT plan is not going to have you where you were before your cycle began.

    As PCT purposes are perhaps its greatest trait it is another purpose that first made the SERM quite popular among performance enhancers and this was as an on cycle side-effect preventer and most notably as a Gynecomastia fighting agent. They do not all possess this trait but many anabolic steroids convert to estrogen via the aromatase process and as estrogen increases so can its negative effects; there is truly a fine line when it comes to the total amount of estrogen you want and can tolerate. As estrogen levels increase Gynecomastia can become very problematic but if the estrogen cannot bind to the receptors as Nolvadex will prevent, the odds of incurring Gyno as it is commonly known greatly reduce. While a very powerful Gyno preventer, for some Nolva will not be enough and many will find they need to actively reduce estrogen and inhibit it from forming in the first place; for this individual only an AI will do.

    The Side-Effects of Nolvadex:

    Without question Nolvadex is one of the milder and most highly well-tolerated items any performance enhancer will ever use with its greatest adverse side-effect being its absence. Nevertheless, as discussed some estrogen is needed in the body and thankfully Nolvadex wont bring your levels down for if nothing else estrogen is essential to a functioning immune system among many other things. However, some have speculated that by its binding ability it may prohibit estrogen from doing its job to too much of a degree; however, this appears to be mere speculation by those of an anti-performance enhancing nature as there is no proof that this problem could ever exist. There have also been issues of metabolic function that have arose in the past but again, the evidence to support such claims is found very lacking and it is very rarely an issue brought up in the first place. There is also a possible side-effect regarding on cycle use that is linked to growth and many anabolic steroidusers report their growth is somewhat diminished when Nolva is present. It is true, as estrogen is important to the growth or the gaining process this could be a problem when certain items are used but as Nolva doesnt actually reduce estrogen and presents very little action in this regard that would lend to such a problem as we are confirmed in our thinking that is largely in ones head; the evidence simply isnt there.

    Nolvadex and Clomid:

    In the world of performance enhancing there are very few items as similar as Nolvadex and Clomid and both can serve a PCT plan equally as well but in many circles this is often argued but it is an argument often lacking in weight. It is true, on a per milligram basis Nolvadex is far more powerful than Clomid and automatically most will assume Nolvadex is the better SERM. However, all things considered equal, if an individual used Clomid for his PCT and another used Nolvadex adjusting the doses to match up in milligram potency, again, all things equal the results would be fairly close to the same. Some studies have shown however that recovery might be a little faster with the Nolvadex SERM but it is not to a massively large degree and in the end either is fine. However, most will not use enough Clomid to match the power of Nolva for to match 40mg of Nolvadex you will need approximately 150mg of Clomiphene Citrate but the good news is both are cheap, almost never faked and in the end either will do.

    Nolvadex Cycles & Doses:

    Depending on the period of use will determine how we cycle and dose our Nolvadex to a very large degree. For the performance enhancer while on cycle generally 10mg per day the entire duration is well-suited for the prevention of Gynecomastia but some may need a little more. However, if you need more than 10mg per day theres a good chance youre going to need something stronger than Nolva to begin with and in this case an AI is going to be in your future. While total cycle use may sound concerning to some recall from our side-effects discussion; adverse effects are not of a great concern here and extended use is very well-tolerated.

    For PCT use, Nolvas absolute best period of use, the total dosing will be much higher than on cycle use and the duration of use rather short lived. In most cases the dosing will start at 40mg per day for almost any individual regardless of the extent of his cycle and in most cases two total weeks of this dosing is advised. After the first two weeks have passed a good two weeks at 20mg per day will generally be warranted and for many this will be the end of their PCT. For many this will be all the therapy they need and if you feel you need a little more time another week or two of low dose Nolva may not be too bad of an idea; it is one of those things you may have to play around with a little bit over the course of a few cycles to find what works best for you. Further, for ultimate PCT help you will find Nolvadex works very well with hCG; in-fact, in almost any PCT plan we highly recommend hCG with Nolva use, beginning and completing hCG use right before Nolvadex therapy begins. Not all cycles will require a PCT such as this; mild cycles and newbie cycles may be fine without it but even in a mild cycle such precaution will not hurt and will greatly aid you in the end.

     

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