If you are using steroids or Pro Hormones then you should really know why HCG is one of the most useful drugs you can use.
You should have 2 priorities in mind when you plan out a cycle, 1 health and 2 recovery of natural testosterone. Both are equally as important as each other.
I’ll try and discuss both in this article for you.
First I want to talk about several major problems with the average PCT protocols used today.
Post Cycle Use of SERMS
There is no doubt that SERMS (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators) such as Clomid and Nolvadex can stimulate testosterone production. This has been proven many times over in human studies.
Unfortunately though these drugs have been linked to many side effects:
- Liver Toxicity
- Reduced Libido
- Ocular Toxicity/Blurred Vision (cataracts on the eyes)
- Emotional Side-effects
- Uterine Cancer (the female equivalent to a males prostate)
- Endometrial cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Fatty liver disease
Clomid in particular can lead to emotional side effects and actually cause a man to feel like a pregnant woman. This is because Clomid acts like an estrogen in certain parts of the brain and can causes emotional episodes. To read more about the side effects and toxicity of nolva and clomid have read here: Clomid and Nolva
Over Use of Anti Estrogens
Aromatase inhibitors (AI’s) such as Arimidex and Aromasin are very powerful for reducing estrogen conversion from steroid use. While these drugs are useful during a cycle, these drugs are often counter productive to use during PCT.
It is a common misconception that estrogen will be elevated post cycle. Usually estrogen is below a normal level after a cycle, the ratio of testosterone to estrogen is different but that is a whole other discussion. Therefore if an AI is used during a cycle, I can only recommend an AI be used for PCT as long HCG has been used during the cycle. If HCG has not been used there isn’t much point in lowering estrogen as it will already be low.
Using AI’s when estrogen is normal or low can cause a very low level of estrogen in the body, which can cause the following side effects:
- Lower Sex Drive / Erectile dysfunction
- Joint Pain
- Lower HDL levels
- Increased Risk of Heart Disease
This is why you often hear people complain of sore joints and lowered libido when using an AI or SERM when it clearly isn’t needed. Ultimately this hurts your long and short term recovery and does not benefit you. Also don’t forget normal levels of estrogen are necessary to support libido and testicular function.
Improper use of HCG
Using HCG after the cycle is the least effective way to use HCG.
When you are using steroids, your brain cuts off the signal to the testes known as Luteinizing hormone (LH) and your testes stop producing testosterone. Once this happens, your testes shutdown, the cells within the testes known as leydig cells become unresponsive to stimulation from the brain, at this point the testes are desensitized. This is the reason why a lot of guys never completely recover from a steroid cycle even after using large doses of HCG and SERM’s. Because the testes have stayed inactive for too long and have become permanently damaged and desensitized.
Here are a list of problems you can have from waiting until the end of a cycle to use HCG
- High Possibility of Permanent Testicular Damage/Desensitization
- Higher HCG Dose Requirement
- Higher Conversion Rate to Estrogen
For a fast recovery of testosterone production after a cycle, you must avoid the long periods of suppression. You can read more about leydig cell death and damage from not being stimulated by LH or HCG here: Steroids killing your leydig cells
The Proper use of HCG
For any steroid cycle, you need to get your hands on HCG and use it during the cycle from the start. A small dose of 250IU 2x per week will keep the testes sensitized.
On cycle use of HCG forces the testes to produce testosterone as they normally would. The only thing you have to avoid is using too much or too frequently which can also desensitize your testes. It’s important to use just enough to stimulate the testes to produce the same amount of testosterone they would normally.
It is also important to continue using HCG whilst ever steroids are still active in your system, this does require you to work out clearance times of esters vs mg’s as all cycles and drugs are different but I have clearly explained how you can do this in this thread here: HCG How Long Post Cycle and During
If you are using 500mg test e per week this will stay in your system post your last injection for 37 days but it reaches 3 active mg per day by week 4 anything below 3mg will be fine to stop your HCG from this point.
So if you were doing a 10 week cycle you would use the HCG from the first week and continue using it in total for 14 weeks, this would ensure that whilst ever steroids are active in your system you have kept the negative effects of suppressed LH levels at bay by keeping the testes stimulated. Once the HCG is withdrawn it will begin to clear your system and your natural LH level will bounce back to normal very fast, this recovery phase is a perfect transition from synthetic testosterone (steroids) to natural levels without any crash in between.
The Perfect PCT
I disagree highly with the use of toxic drugs such as nolva and clomid in PCT so I would much rather people use something much safer.
Yes this is the point I suggest something natural yet highly effective Res100. If you do not wish to use Res100 that’s fine then make use of Aromasin (however be sure to use small amounts) it is still safer and more effective than nolva and clomid.
Res100 I suggest it because it works and I myself and many others find it far superior to other traditional PCT methods, the goal post cycle as explained above isn’t to destroy estrogen levels it is to bring them within the normal range this is what Res100 does it acts as an AI but it is also very unique that it can actually act as estrogen when you are low in estrogen levels, creating a balancing effect. Making it one of the most perfect supplements you can use to restore testosterone production. A balance and synergy of hormones will always create better results than hormones being way out of wack.
It is important that you do use either Res100 or an AI post cycle as it will force the production of LH, although HCG is by far the most vital part to recovery, keeping that LH pulse going to ensure you have that perfect transition from synthetic testosterone to natural testosterone makes Res100 a vital part in recovery.
Not able to Use HCG
If HCG has not been used during the cycle then your goal is to restore the leydig cell sensitivity. This can be achieved through the use of several supplements which effect different aspects of testosterone creation.
To understand how this works you first need to understand how testosterone is created.
The hypothalamus senses low levels of hormones and releases GNRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone) this then stimulates the pituitary to release LH and FSH. Both LH and FSH then make their way down to the testes where they stimulate the cells within the testes (leydig cells) these cells then recruit cholesterol into the mitochondria of the cell where it is then converted from cholesterol into testosterone. At this point once the testosterone is released into the system the hypothalamus makes a decision if more or less testosterone is required.
Based on how the body produces testosterone you can see there is several different aspects of testosterone creation you can effect.
Firstly we should look at restoring the leydig cell sensitivity as this is the main cause for delayed testosterone recovery.
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You see Vitamin E is a term used to describe a family of nutrients, there are 8 different isomers that make up the vitamin E family.
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How is this going to help?
Real vitamin E as found in Tococaps has been shown to increase not only the potency of LH but also the absorption of LH into the testes. This results in helping to restore the leydig cell sensitivity by supplying more LH and more potent LH. You can read more about this here and the science to back it up: Increasing the potency of HCG and LH
Krill Oil & Cholesterol
Now this is by far one of the most important parts, as said above testosterone is made from cholesterol so having ample amounts of cholesterol is going to help make the process of making testosterone easier, so an increase in good healthy fats in the diet is going to help and supplements like krill oil are going to be of major benefit. Krill oil is also going to be beneficial to use on cycle to keep cholesterol levels up in order to help prevent the negative effects steroids have on your HDL and LDL levels.
DAA is highly beneficial in restoring leydig cell sensitivity it is within the mechanism of how it works that is most interesting, not only does it result in increased testosterone levels but it does this by increasing a protein called sTAR which is involved in transporting more cholesterol into the leydig cells. Once the cholesterol makes it’s way into the leydig cells within the testes, it can then be converted from cholesterol into testosterone. The more D-Aspartic Acid you have available within your system the more cholesterol can be transported and converted into testosterone. The end result is a higher production of testosterone, the only downfall with DAA is it also stimulates estrogen production so you should be using it with an AI such as Res100.
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Put simply it works and it works very well, the reduction and massage of estrogen levels to be not to low or too high resulting in hormonal balance and restoration of testosterone levels, add to this the ability to modulate the GABA(b) receptor of the hypothalamus to keep producing testosterone.
You see every test booster has a limit eventually the brain figures out that it feels you have sufficient testosterone levels for your body and that level could be anywhere from average to medium/high but this is where res100 comes into play it modulates the signal the hypothalamus is receiving telling your brain you need more testosterone even when you don’t, if it sounds to good to be true well there is a limit to it, in that you can only get your test levels to go about 40% above the maximum lab range but 40% is quite a large amount considering most guys have a testosterone level of around 20nmol/L, 40% above maximum is 45nmol/L more than double what most males produce.
When you also take into consideration Res100 now has cortisol control in it to help reduce the negative effects of this catabolic hormone you can really see the true potential here to help and assist in getting back to normal during PCT.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. It is often called the ‘stress hormone’ because its levels rise following emotional and physical stress such as exercise, anxiety and even emotional related stress.
Cortisol Control to help balance out cortisol
Phosphatidylserine (PS) found in Endocrine Amplifier prevents the causes of cortisol level increase after exercise, and is a vital nutrient that supports testicular function and testosterone production. One daily serving of Endocrine Amplifier includes a clinically proven dose of 800mg of PS.
A recent study examined the effects of 10 days of 600mg/day PS supplementation on testosterone and cortisol during and after exercise. The researchers found that PS supplementation increased testosterone 78% over the placebo group, while completely blunting the cortisol response to exercise. When analyzed for the testosterone to cortisol (T:C) ratio and compared to placebo, the PS group had a 3,354% higher T:C!
In another human study, hormone levels where examined during two weeks of intense weight training. The group receiving the 800mg of PS had higher testosterone levels and lower cortisol levels, compared to the group receiving the placebo. Another study showed that 800mg of PS reduced cortisol levels 30% (compared to the placebo group) after intense cycling exercise.
It’s been hypothesized that PS supplementation minimizes cortisol secretion by providing the necessary phospholipids required for cellular membrane structure and regulatory functions, thus reducing the requirement for bodily breakdown and nutrient displacement. (17,25,36,40)
Research also suggests that PS supports testosterone production by increasing the testes sensitivity to luteinizing hormone (LH) and increases testicular steroidogenesis – aka the creation of testosterone. (1-11, 19-26)
HCG is going to be your most vital tool in recovery.
The use of SERMS nolva and clomid are quite toxic.
Estrogen post cycle is usually low unless HCG has been used.
Res100 or an AI like Aromasin can be very useful during PCT.
If HCG is not used restoring Leydig cell sensitivity should be your number 1 concern.