What are Anti-Estrogens ?
Anti-Estrogens (also called selective estrogen receptor modulators/SERMS) are protections used during and after anabolic steroid cycles in order to lower or even stop the production of estrogens. They are typically employed in order to avoid side effects such as gynecomastia, sterility issues and others. In the post cycle phase, anti-estrogens help in recovering the endogenous (natural) levels of testosterone and of sperm production.
Anti-estrogens, called also estrogen antagonists and estrogen blockers, act by blocking the estrogen receptors and/or by suppressing estrogen production.
What is Clomid?
Clomid, called also Clomiphene Citrate, is part of the category of products that are said SERMs. In some ways, it works as Nolvadex, another well-known and widely used SERM. There are several other SERMs available on the market, but we will concentrate our analysis on Clomid in this article.
Clomid gained worldwide attention when it was launched on the market in the early seventies as a strong fertility enhancer. It is still very popular nowadays for that, but perhaps even more popular as one of the most commonly used SERM’s by those who implement steroids.
Not being an anabolic steroid itself, Clomid is used to counteract the potential estrogenic side effects caused by anabolic steroids. Clomid is a high-quality synthetic anti-estrogen and also acts as a partial anti-estrogen, especially if combined with HCG.
We will examine now this popular usage of Clomid with regards to its benefits and positive effects/protection when testosterone or other anabolic steroids are being implemented.
The Benefits and Positive Effects of Clomid
When a bodybuilder runs a cycle with anabolic steroids, the LH and FSH levels in their body lower dramatically and the body stops producing testosterone. The aromatase enzyme interacts with testosterone and this latter steroid converts to estrogen. If the level of estrogen raises too much, this can determine the onset of gynecomastia and of excess water retention, which in turn can cause high blood pressure. But implementing the correct dosage of Clomid while on anabolic steroids inhibits that the estrogen hormone binds to the receptor and hence this is very effective in counteracting gynecomastia, given that Clomid in such a process prevents estrogen from stimulating the mammary tissue.
Clomid also is functional and very effective for the anabolic steroid user when their steroid cycle has ended. This is the phase called Post Cycle Therapy (PCT). Clomid stimulates the pituitary gland into releasing a major quantity of LH and FSH, which increase the production of natural testosterone which is essential in this phase given that the implementation of anabolic steroids will determine very low testosterone levels.
In general, the positive side effects and benefits of Clomid include, although not being limited to the following:
- An increase in the production of natural (endogenous) testosterone
- The counteraction of potential edemas
- A protection against gynecomastia (although in a mild fashion)
- The protection of existing hormonal production levels
- The reduction in blood pressure (as a consequence of the reduction in edemas)
Dosages and Cycles of Clomid
The standard dosage of Clomid for all steroid users that want to guarantee their protection while implementing the cycle of anabolic steroids is 50mg per day for the entire time they undergo that cycle. If this doesn’t work effectively, well then it will be difficult for any amount of Clomid will work. But remember that it has been reported by many users that a greater success can be reached by using a SERM like Nolvadex, with more potent effects for an adequate protection while cycling. Or you can try another Aromatase Inhibitor, something like Arimidex.
However, for Post Cycle Therapy, a dosage of Clomid anywhere in the range of 100-150mg per day for 7-14 days will do the job. After this period, reduce the dose to 50-100mg per day for 7-14 days, then drop a little more to 50mg per day for another 7-14 days period of time.
Timing is an important factor when you plan your Clomid for PCT use, which will depend whether or not you will include HCG in your cycle, as follows:
- If ending the cycle by using a large ester-based anabolic steroid, then you will start using Clomid just 14 days following your last injection
- If ending the cycle by using a small ester-based anabolic steroid, then you will start using your Clomid right 3 days following your last injection
- If ending the cycle by using a large ester-based anabolic steroid, then you will start using your implementation of HCG 10 days following the last time you injected your anabolic steroid , following which you will start the implementation of Clomid
- If ending the cycle by using a small ester-based anabolic steroid, you will start your implementation of HCG 3 days after your last injection, following which you will start the implementation of Clomid.
The Most Common Side Effects Of Clomid
The general negative side effects of Clomid that most users have been reporting are rather limited. These negative side effects seem to be most of the times relevant to an abuse of Clomid rather than this compound being toxic when properly dosed and implemented. In fact, there are several reports from medical circles stating that an average Clomid dosage of 150mg per day have the effect of making your levels of testosterone increase by as much as roughly 150%.
However, the reported most possible negative side effects of Clomid include, but are not limited to the following ones:
- Hot Flashes
- Uterine Bleeding
- Breast Discomfort
- Visual disturbances.
When used at very high dosages, that is if you implement more than 200mg per day, the negative effects possibly can include such phenomena as depression or excessive emotionality. But these are extremes that generally no one will experience.
Instead, if your dosage principles are properly abided by and implemented with PCT products (such as Cardarine), you will find that negative side effects are very unlikely to manifest (not in a harsh fashion, anyway). Instead, many users report having experienced such phenomena as an increase in sexual desire and satisfaction (greater libido), a higher ejaculation volume, and a general and continuous feeling of well-being when Clomid is used properly.
The trick of the tale is only one: the best way to get hold of Clomid that will work effectively for you is to make sure that it has have been produced in accordance with the industry leading GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) guidelines to ensure that the item that you will purchase is completely safe, fully traceable and wholly concentrated, so to deliver the optimal results you’re looking for.