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Dianabol PCT is simply a method of helping your body recover from the stress applied by the use of Dianabol.
Dianabol is the old trade name for the steroid Methandrostenolone.
Many steroids like Winstrol, Anavarand Clenbuterol also need a PCT.
Dianabol is the go-to performance-enhancing drug for building lots of mass and strength in a hurry.
Depending on your dosage and personal nutrition, you can get pumped and increase your lifts. However, the anabolic steroid isn’t without drawbacks.
It upsets the natural hormonal balance in your body and frequent or excessive use of Dianabol can lead to serious negative side effects, so you manage usage with a cycle, which is taking the drug over a period, and then stopping.
You’ll want to help your body recover and minimize side effects with an effective post cycle therapy (PCT).
It’s also known on the streets as “Dbol.”
The drug promotes muscle growth and increased strength by stimulating the synthesis of protein.
You take it orally, but the substance that allows Dianabol to survive in the bloodstream without losing its potency is toxic to the liver.
It is also known to cause high blood pressure, elevated levels of bad cholesterol, low levels of good cholesterol, and like many steroids, it can cause mood swings and bring on or worsen male pattern baldness in both men and women.
One of the most troubling side effects for men, especially strength athletes, is the development of breast tissue due to Dbol suppressing natural production of testosterone and a concurrent rise in estrogen levels.
Many athletes take Dianabol in cycles and include a Dianabol pct at the end because of how it shuts down your HPTA. A post cycle consists of taking an equal amount of time as your steroid cycle off from steroids to allow your body to get its hormone levels back to normal.
For example, you may have taken 20mg of Dbol once a day day for 6 weeks on a Dianabol-only cycle. You can expect to have gained anywhere from 5-15 pounds of mass (some of it from water retention) during that cycle.
After your cycle, you’ll do a six week PCT with SERM therapy to help you recover.
Other side effects may include the following:
Excess water retention or bloat
High blood pressure
Increased bad LDL cholesterol
Decreased good HDL cholesterol
Male pattern baldness
Virilization in females
What is Post Cycle Therapy?
When the cycle is finished, this is where the Dianabol PCT comes in. PCT after a Dianabol cycle introduces substances that will help restore the hormonal balance in your body that the Dbol.
When Dianabol or other steroids elevate testosterone levels artificially, the body significantly slows natural testosterone production.
However, the body also wants to keep the appropriate ratio of testosterone and estrogen, so in men, the body increases estrogen production. This is what causes the development of breast tissue when you use Dianabol over long periods.
Hormonal imbalances, especially artificial ones can lead to other problems like erectile dysfunction and a diminished interest in sex, and PCT can help recover from those as well. It’s also critical to taking Dianabol safely.
How to Take a PCT
You take the PCT when you are finished taking Dianabol. One of the drugs you’ll take during PCT is an aromatase inhibitor.
They’re used in treating hormone related dysfunctions in menopausal women, and some physicians prescribe them to treat Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue) in men.
Aromatase is an enzyme that turns androgens into estrogens, and using Dianabol, a moderately androgenic steroid, will trigger the aromatase.
Aromatase inhibitors are one part of your PCT medication. The other type of drugs you’ll take in your Dbol PCT are called Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM).
These substances act directly on estrogen receptors, blocking their effects, so it helps prevent symptoms while the aromatase inhibitors work on the cause. They both work together to keep hormones balanced.
Some examples of aromatase inhibitors that are popular with the bodybuilding and sport world are Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) and Tamoxifen (Nolvadex or Nolva).
You would probably use these after an Anadrol cycle as well. Some examples of SERMs are Anastrozole (Arimidex), Letrozole (Femara) and Exemestane (Aromasin).
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Some forums and websites may recommend you take other supplements during your PCT for general well-being and balance.
These supplements are supposed to protect the body from the side effects of Dianabol.
They also boost testosterone production and keep you from losing mass and strength gains during the PCT.
Many companies market all-in-one PCT supplements that you can investigate; however, there are currently no clinical evidence to prove their effectiveness.
If you are on a six-week Dbol cycle, a six-week PCT should be sufficient.
You’ll adjust the dosage of the medication in your PCT based on the dosage of Dianabol you’re using, and whether you are on a PCT for a Dbol only cycle or are taking other PEDs.
It isn’t recommended for women to take a Dianabol supplement due to the extreme androgenic effects of the drug. Stick with Winstrol instead.
The side effects include the appearance of several physical traits associated with men called virilization.
This can include clitoral enlargement, increased body hair and other side effects, and they will stick with women even after they quit taking Dbol.
Dbol PCT or no PCT
The bodybuilding world seems split over whether you’ll need a PCT at all, or if you will need one after a Dianabol cycle.
Opinions range lfrom “it isn’t necessary” to “you can’t live without one.” Those who think it isn’t necessary report not seeing any side effects manifest.
Those who say you must have PCT for a Dianabol cycle point to the drug causing a massive reduction in testosterone production. The only thing running a PCT without really needing it would hurt would be your wallet.
There are few reported side effects of using either SERMs or aromatase inhibitors, especially over the short period you’ll be using them.
A Dianabol PCT is an essential part of the safe use of Methandrostenolone over long periods of training.
Even if you decide to try using a Dianabol only cycle, PCT could be important to gaining the rewards of hard work. PCT will restore the body’s hormonal balance and help your body continue to produce testosterone after steroid cycles, the important ingredient in the body’s protein synthesis.
PCT will also manage potentially damaging, or simply embarrassing, side effects of using Dianabol. You may chose to go without a PCT, but anything worth doing is worth doing right.