SARMs & PCT Explained
If you are thinking about taking advantage of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) the odds are pretty good that you’ve already done some research and due diligence into how these performance boosters work.
The odds are also pretty good that you’ve learned that while they offer many of the same benefits as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs without the side effects they can require Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) protocols just like steroids and PEDs – and it’s important to understand when and why PCT is necessary.
In this quick guide, we are going to break down (almost) everything you need to know about SARMs and Post Cycle Therapy protocols. Use the inside information below to help you master using these performance-enhancing boosters and you’ll find that your body transformation journey speeds up significantly without having to expose yourself to the side effects and risk factors of traditional steroids and PEDs.
Let’s jump right in!
What is Post Cycle Therapy (PCT), anyway?
Just like anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, to make the most of popular SARMs you’re going to need to “cycle” them on and off.
This usually means taking your favorite SARM on a daily basis for between eight weeks and 12 weeks, never missing a day and keeping the dosage consistent throughout, but then taking absolutely no SARMs whatsoever for between two weeks and four weeks (sometimes a little bit longer than that) to allow your body to reset and recover from the exposure to these compounds.
PCT is basically a transitional phase that allows you to sort of “reset” your hormonal regulators and achieve natural homeostasis once again.
Popular SARMs are going to elevate different levels of your biochemistry, trigger different hormonal responses that may not have been triggered otherwise, and activate the release of biochemicals that may not have been released before – and if you go too long with these kinds of actions happening throughout your body it can become the “new normal” and cause all kinds of health problems later down the line.
Proper PCT protocols help you to recover from the additional hormones and biochemicals that have been pushed throughout your body as well. Upregulated production can lead to long-term health problems if it is carried on for too long, and the last thing you want to do is expose yourself to any short or long-term issues while using SARMs that could have otherwise been completely safe and side effect free.
Who should be using a PCT protocol?
Some people are going to tell you that SARMs and Post Cycle Therapy are somewhat optional, others will tell you that every single person using SARMs will have to move through a PCT protocol, and others still may tell you that it’s a bit of a mixed bag approach because everyone is unique.
And while it’s true that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all kind of approach when you’re talking about the unique biochemistry of every single individual on the planet, as a general rule anyone that uses SARMs will likely want to move through a proper PCT protocol – at least during the first few cycles – just to make sure that they aren’t going to have to deal with long-term repercussions from using these performance-enhancing compounds.
All SARMs are going to work to trigger a hormonal release throughout your body that will help you to grow more lean muscle mass and burn fat faster. That is indisputable.
This mechanism for producing these results is almost identical to the same mechanism used by anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, but because SARMs have a different chemical makeup than those cocktails of potentially dangerous drugs you get the same results without the same risk factors and side effects.
At the end of the day, however, you’re going to be elevating different hormonal releases and screwing with your day-to-day biochemical levels. It’s indisputable that you are going to be “out of whack” when using SARMs – that’s how they produce the fantastic results they are capable of – and it’s almost always a good idea to take a break, to reset, and to use PCT protocols to get your body’s biochemistry back to where it needs to be.
The last thing you want to do is use SARMs over an extended amount of time and discover that your body’s natural ability to produce hormones like testosterone, for example, has been crippled because you didn’t “reset the clock” with a PCT protocol.
This will leave you chemically dependent on substances like SARMs – substances that will become less and less effective at safe dosages because your body becomes used to them – and can cause catastrophic health issues later down the line.
What kind of PCT protocol should I move forward with?
At the end of the day, finding the right PCT protocol for your specific needs is all going to boil down to a variety of different factors that can include (but are not limited to):
- The type of SARMs you are using in the first place
- The daily dosage of SARMs that you are taking on a consistent basis
- The length and duration of your SARM cycle
- Whether or not you’ve done a SARM cycle like this in the past or are brand-new to the world of SARMs
- Any other performance-enhancing boosters, supplements, or stacks you are taking alongside SARMs…
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
As a general rule, most people that recommend a PCT protocol for any SARM are going to recommend that you use an all-natural testosterone booster that can help to rejuvenate and jumpstart your natural testosterone production using your own biochemistry.
Secondly, most people recommend and aromatase inhibitor that also uses 100% all-natural ingredients to deliver its payload of results. This is important to make sure that your estrogen production does not skyrocket, that your natural testosterone is not being instantly converted into estrogen, and that your body quickly achieves its natural homeostasis without the help of any other chemical cocktails.
Cortisol control supplements (usually a mixture of different vitamins and minerals) are usually combined with other compounds in a PCT protocol to lower your stress levels.
Your body is obviously going to be under a tremendous amount of stress when you are hormones are imbalanced (while you are taking SARMs) and you want to be sure that cortisol isn’t wreaking havoc on your testosterone levels the way it would if left completely unchecked.
Can I use and over-the-counter PCT protocol or should I go with a prescription solution?
At the end of the day, it’s really going to come down to your unique experience with SARMs to determine whether or not an over-the-counter (OTC) PCT solution will work best for you or if it’s time to move up to the “big guns” and take advantage of a prescription solution recommended to you by a legitimate medical expert.
The general consensus online is that as long as you stick to recommended dosage levels, keep your SARM cycles short and sweet, and move forward with a PCT protocol as outlined for that particular SARM you shouldn’t have to worry about needing prescription drugs to help you get back to homeostasis.
Over-the-counter solutions in those circumstances will almost always work wonders to let you rest, recover, and reset.
Prescription PCT solutions are usually recommended to those that have pushed their bodies too hard, too fast, and for too long – almost always exceeding the recommended daily dosage, extending out their SARMs cycle by at least a couple of weeks, and not taking all of the time necessary to reboot their system with proper PCT.
Your experience with SARMs will dictate how you should move forward with PCT protocols.