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 questions, it is necessary to analyze what kind of drug it is, and how to take it correctly. It is also worth comparing the effectiveness of the drug with Tamoxifen, since the drugs are similar in their action.
Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is a powerful drug with anti-estrogenic action. 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. It is also one of the main uses of the drug today.
Over time, the properties of the drug were noticed by athletes. Bodybuilders use Clomid on the AAS course. It helps 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 by the intake of anabolic steroids. For this purpose, it is used at PCT.
In infertility medicine
Taking Clomiphene citrate increases the concentration of gonadotropins in the blood – follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones that regulate the function of the gonads. Due to an increase in their number in the female body, an egg is released, that is, the ovulation process occurs, which increases the likelihood of a successful conception of a child.
With the participation of the drug, the concentration of testosterone and estrogen in the blood is controlled. And male and female sex hormones affect the development and functioning of the genitals.
In bodybuilding on a steroid cycle
Testosterone and some steroids that are derived from it tend to be partially converted to estrogen. And this on the AAS course threatens the athlete with the manifestation of gynecomastia, when the breast grows, and excessive accumulation of fluid in the body. Each of these effects is undesirable in bodybuilding. Fluid retention increases blood pressure and also obscures muscle relief. This explains why athletes take diuretics on a drying cycle.
Clomid is characterized by a powerful anti-estrogenic effect, therefore it is actively used by bodybuilders on a steroid cycle. It blocks the receptors of the female sex hormone, interferes with its action. This helps to prevent gynecomastia.
What is the effectiveness of the drug in this case? According to experts, for professionals who often take steroids in large doses, it is difficult to protect against the side effects associated with conversion to estrogen with Clomid. In this case, it is not effective enough. Experienced athletes are advised to take aromatase inhibitors, which suppress estrogen production. This is the most effective way to counteract side effects.
If we talk about fluid retention in the body, Clomid interferes with this process a little. But its effectiveness in this direction is insufficient. The drug does not reduce the concentration of estrogen in the blood, but only blocks estrogen receptors.
Thus Clomid on the AAS course prevents such a side effect as gynecomastia, but it cannot cope with water retention in the body.
In bodybuilding after a course of steroids on PCT
The primary use of Clomid in bodybuilding is for PCT. The fact is that after a course of anabolic steroids, testosterone production decreases. The degree of suppression is determined by the type of anabolic steroids and their dose. 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 on the negative sides. The level of the catabolic hormone cortisol increases. Under its influence, fat is gained and muscle mass begins to be actively destroyed.
With the help of pharmacological agents, you can accelerate the process of restoring the synthesis of endogenous testosterone. For this purpose, PCT is necessary with Clomid or Tamoxifen, as well as a peptide hormone – hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). What does Clomid do? In stimulating the release of gonadotropins. They, in turn, contribute to the synthesis of endogenous testosterone.
Similarly, the results: Clomid on PCT is used to accelerate the restoration of natural testosterone synthesis.
Clomid side effects
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. Women treating infertility with the help of the drug note the manifestation of one of these side effects: irritability, mood swings, depression, fluid retention in the body. Other “side effects” are also possible:
- hot flashes;
- uterine bleeding;
- chest discomfort;
Recommendations for the use of Clomid
On the AAS course
To protect against estrogen-related side effects, athletes are advised to take 50 mg of Clomiphene citrate daily until the end of the steroid cycle. If this dosage is not effective, then it is impractical to take higher doses. The likelihood that they will help is low.
If we compare Clomid with Tamoxifen on the AAS course, then many athletes note the best effectiveness of the latter drug in preventing gynecomastia. But there are times when you can’t do without aromatase inhibitors.
After finishing taking anabolic steroids, start PCT with Clomid. Its duration is 4-6 weeks. Recommended dosages:
- 100-150 mg daily for the first 2 weeks;
- 50-100 mg daily – 3-4 weeks;
- 50 mg daily for the next 2 weeks.
Some athletes note the higher effectiveness of Tamoxifen, Gonadotropin and PCT. To make sure that Clomid is effective, it is worth taking a blood test for testosterone levels.