Clomiphene citrate (Clomid)
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Clomid is one of the most popular drugs used in bodybuilding. What is the secret of popularity and how did the drug migrate from medicine to sports pharmacology? To answer these and other questions of interest to bodybuilders, it is necessary to analyze what kind of drug it is, how it is taken correctly.
Clomid: what is
Clomid (the active substance is clomiphene citrate) is a powerful antiestrogenic drug. It gained its popularity back in the 70s of the last century, when it began to be used in medicine for the treatment of infertility. Today it is also one of the main uses of the drug.
Over time, the properties of the drug were noticed by athletes. Bodybuilders use Clomid on an AAS cycle. It helps to eliminate the side effects associated with the transformation of steroids into estrogens – female sex hormones. It also stimulates the production of natural testosterone, which is suppressed as a result of taking anabolic steroids. For this purpose, it is used in PCT.
Application of Clomid
Clomid is characterized by a powerful antiestrogenic effect, therefore it is actively used by bodybuilders on a course of steroids. It blocks the receptors of the female sex hormone, prevents its action. This helps prevent gynecomastia.
In bodybuilding after a course of steroids on PCT
The main use of Clomid in bodybuilding is for PCT. The fact is that after a course of anabolic steroids, the production of testosterone decreases. The degree of suppression is determined by the type of anabolics and their doses. After the end of the course, the process of synthesis of the male hormone begins to improve. But it is very slow – in some cases it can last up to a year. And the consequences of low testosterone manifest themselves from the negative side. Elevated levels of the catabolic hormone cortisol. Under its influence, fat mass is gained and muscle mass actively begins to break down.
PCT is carried out if the bridge between steroid courses is more than 8 weeks. Otherwise, it is not recommended. PCT is also not performed if testosterone is administered between AAS cycles, as is common in hardcore athletes.
What are the side effects in bodybuilders when taking Clomid
Clomid is mild. It is well tolerated and does not cause undesirable effects in female or male athletes, which has been confirmed by scientific studies. But some side effects are still possible. Possible side effects:
Recommendations for the use of Clomid
On the AAS course
To protect against estrogen-related side effects, athletes are advised to take 50 mg Clomiphene Citrate daily until the end of the steroid cycle. If such a dosage is not effective, then taking higher doses is not advisable. The likelihood that they will help is low.
At the FCT
After finishing taking anabolic steroids, start PCT with the use of Clomid. Its duration is 4-6 weeks. Recommended dosages:
100-150 mg daily – the first 2 weeks;
50-100 mg daily – 3-4 weeks;
50 mg daily for the next 2 weeks.
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