Clomid is an antiestrogen drug (estrogen receptor blocker) manufactured by Balkan Pharma (Moldova). Athletes in sports practice are taken mainly as part of post-cycle therapy: in order to avoid side effects and consequences of the use of steroids.
Taking steroids promotes a rapid set of muscle mass. However, you have to pay for everything: after the end of the course, athletes need to make great efforts in order to restore their body. A particularly acute problem is a decrease in the intensity of testosterone production. In this case, the so-called anti-estrogens come to the rescue, the most effective of which is clomid.
Clomid in bodybuilding
The active ingredient of the drug is clomiphene citrate (stilbene derivative), which is a selective estrogen receptor modulator. It has mixed estrogen antagonistic and agonistic properties, blocking or vice versa inducing receptors in various tissues of the body.
Initially, Clomed (Balkan Pharmaceuticals), as well as analogues of other brands, is a medical drug (a stimulator of gonadotropin production) prescribed for both women and men for various indications (from ovulation stimulation to oligospermia). But due to the increase in the synthesis of gonadotropins and testosterone and the direct anti-estrogenic effect, it has become widespread among amateurs and sports professionals. Used primarily as an adjuvant after or less frequently during steroid cycles.
Clomid itself (clomiphene citrate) is not a steroid drug (does not have anabolic, androgenic and progestogenic activities), and therefore, without aggravating the side effects of steroids, it is effectively connected as a component of PCT (post cycle therapy). But not completely safe.
Clomid (with predisposition and abuse) can cause side effects from the central nervous, endocrine and digestive systems or allergic reactions: increased fatigue, excitability, insomnia, increased sweating, weight gain, flatulence, nausea, allergic dermatitis, and some others, rare in following the recommendations.
Why take antiestrogen?
Antiestrogens are widely used by athletes who use androgenic-anabolic steroids to increase the effectiveness of training. The benefits of antiestrogens are difficult to overestimate, because after a course of steroids, the endocrine glands reduce the production of testosterone. This happens for a simple reason: if the hormone enters the body from the outside, there is no need to produce it. As a result, the pituitary-hypothalamus-ovarian arc becomes less and less active. And the longer an athlete takes steroids, the less testosterone is produced. It is important that the rate of decrease in the activity of one’s own glands depends on the intake of prolactin, estradiol and progesterone in the body. If the level of one of these hormones exceeds a certain value, the activity of the endocrine glands will be inhibited even more. Therefore, it is important to monitor the level of hormones, take tests on time and always have estradiol and prolactin inhibitors at your disposal.
The less active the “pituitary-hypothalamus-ovarian” arc has become, the more effort will have to be spent in order to “wake it up”. Naturally, you need to return the level of testosterone to a normal value as quickly as possible: not only your appearance, but also the effectiveness of training depends on this. In order for testosterone levels to return to normal as soon as possible, it is recommended to take antiestrogen: clomiphene citrate, tamoxifen citrate and tormifene citrate. Unfortunately, tamoxifen recovery is better off: it is considered the dirtiest and you can expect quite unpredictable side effects from taking it. The most effective drug that many athletes recommend is clomiphene citrate, otherwise called clomid. Of course, it is quite expensive, but the quality and result fully justify the high cost.
How does Clomid work?
Many athletes after a course of taking steroids try to restore testosterone levels using dietary supplements, herbal infusions and other dubious means. This should not be done: after the course, the body is in a hormonal hole, when the level of follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones is almost zero. Namely, the intensity of testosterone secretion depends on these hormones.
Clomid affects the production of FSH and LH. In addition, it binds to estrogen receptors. Therefore, even if a high level of estrogen is found in the athlete’s blood, you should not be afraid: the hormone will be in an inactive form.
In the first days of taking Clomid, LH and FSH levels quickly peak, while testosterone levels rise. In just a couple of weeks, testosterone levels come to the state that was observed before the course of steroids. However, the duration of taking the drug depends on the individual characteristics of the athlete’s body: someone needs two weeks, someone needs several months.
How to take Clomid on PCT after the course
The dosage of Clomid depends on the course of steroids that was completed. The more drugs were taken and the larger their dosages were, the longer it would take to bring the body back to normal.
In general, the reception scheme looks like this:
- after a very hard course – 3 * 150, 12 * 100, 15 * 50, 15 * 25;
- after a hard course – 15 * 100, 15 * 50, 15 * 25;
- after the average course – 30 * 50, 15 * 25;
- after a light course -1550, 1525, 15*25 (once every 2 days)
- after a very easy course – 15 * 50, 15 * 25.
The first digit represents the number of days during which the drug should be taken. The second number following the asterisk is the recommended dosage of the drug. For example, 15 * 100 / 15 * 50 will mean that Clomid should be taken for 15 days at 100 mg, and then another 15 days at 50 mg.