clomid (clomiphen citrate) drug profile
Clomid is one of the most popular drugs used in post-cycle recovery. With good reason, this drug is very efficient at helping to bring back your natural testosterone levels.
I have used it alone, and with HCG for post cycle recovery with excellent results. Many individuals I have known have also achieved excellent recovery of their natural testosterone levels and vitality with the proper use of clomid.
Clomid is not typically counterfeited. As long as it is in closed foil or in a closed bottle with a seal, the drug is probably real. The funny thing about clomid is that it is so damn expesive in the legitimate world of fertility. Clomid is one of the most popular fertility drugs of all time, specifically for women. Let's talk a little about how this works, and why it helps us as physique athletes.
Clomid is by everyone's definition, an anti-esttrogen. However, many do not realize that clomid itself is an estrogen. That's right, the medical literature lists clomid as a 'weak' estrogen. In a nutshell, clomid binds to the estrogen receptro thereby blocking the true biologically active estrogen, and exerts different effects than the normal estrogen would. Because clomid is a weak estrogen, it does not stimulate the receptor in the same manner, and therefore, does not illicit the same side effects as regular estrogen.
When I say 'regular estroge' I am referring to estradiol-the most potent and active estrogen in human blood and the form most responsible for gynocomastia in men. So, clomid blocks estradiol from doing its thing, and takes the place of it in the estrogen receptor.
Secondly, clomid has a unique ability to stimulate the pituitary to release LH or leutinizing hormone. Theoretically, anything that acts as an anti-estrogen will aid testosterone production by removal of negative feedback (from the excess estrogen on the pituitary and hypothalamus). Individuals often use clomid and nolvadex interchangeagbly within cycles for anti-estrogen purposes. For this purpose, nolvadex is probably a litte more potent (to keep water off, etc). A dosage of 20-40mg will suffice for the nolvadex for this purpose (we will discuss this in the nolvadex section coming soon).
For the purpose of post-cycle recovery of testosterone, clomid is the best. The medical literature has tons of cases of clomid used to illicit ovulation in the female. Who cares about female fertility? Well, listen for a second...the reason clomid works in the female is because of its potent effect on the pituitary gland. As mentioned prior, clomid is very good at stimulating this gland to produce LH in the female (for purposes of ovulation, an LH surge is needed-which clomid stimulates...this is how it works as a fertility drug), but in the male as well. However, in the male (us), clomid stimulates a 'refracted pituitary testicular axis' to re-establish testosterone prouction. What?! If this is getting a little complicated, don't worry. The jist of it all is that the very function of clomid working to stimulate ovualation in the female is directly correlated with its ability to stimulate LH, and thus testosterone prouduction in a male who has had his pituitary cease from producing LH.
LH from the pituitary is one of the firs hormones to be affected by negative feedback. So, taking clomid re-establishes the ability of the pituitary to produce LH and LH stimulates the testicles (via the Leydig cells of the testes) to produce testosterone.
Clomid is best used after a cycle with respect to bringing back test levels. Some individuals feel that taking clomid during the cycel will decrease the amount of negative feedback to the pituitary and their nuts, and their natural testosterone levels will be protected. If this is true at all, it is true only to a slight extent. You will always experience some degree of negative feedback and hormonal shut-down from anabolic steroid use. The type of drug used as well as the dosage and duration come into play with how intensely you are likely to be affected. Heavy androgens used for long periods of time will be most inhibitory to your natural testosterone and will shrink 'da boys' the most. The point is, clomid during a cycle may slightly lessen the degree of inhibition and ball shrinkage, but will not prevent it.
It is wise to begin taking clomid towards the last injection or pill dosage of your cycle. How you use it depends on how sensistive you are to estrogenic side effects. If you are highly sensitive, you should be on an anti-estrogen (other than clomid) during the last week of your cycle. If you are not sensitive to estrogenic side effects, you can begin taking clomid alone immediately after your cycle ends.
Dosage patterns vary greatly in the underground world. Clomid comes in 25 and more commonly 50mg tablets. The traditional advice is for five day loading patterns such as two a day for five days, then one a day for five days. This works well. Clomid has a long active life between 48-72 hours. The drug does not have maximal affect on aiding low testosterone levels until it builds up in the system. Personally I do not like to take two tabs a day , it messes with the sex drive. This is counter-intuitive but the reason why is a whole other conversation. Basically clomid has effects on specific sexual areas of the brain which decrease desire...but don't get freaked...this is usually mild if it even occurs at all and it stops within 2-3 days of stopping clomid. If you are plagued by this relatively rare side effect from clomid, concominant use of proviron at 25mg a day will solve the problem.
The best way to use clomid is to take it for a good 3-4 weeks post-cycle. You will need about 21-30 (50mg) tabs to do this at one tab a day. I would advise taking it at night on an empty stomach with a big glass of water and some ZMA. If you do not know what this is we will discuss it in upcoming pages. There will also be a routine schedule made for optimal post-cycle recovery using all kinds of methods, drugs and even...legal supplements that actually work if you use them correctly. There has been various substances (legal) appearing in various literature over the last year or so that hold much promise at naturally increasing testosterone levels. Much of this has stemmed from the desperation of sports supplment companies to fill the void since the pro-hormones have become illegal in the US (Jan '05).
After 21-30 days on clomid, your natural testosterone should be back to normal or above and 'da boyz' should be back to normal size and function.