SARMs have risen in popularity due to their low potential of side effects but significant enhancement of muscle mass and strength. 

Since these supplements have the same effect as steroids, they can cause a hormone imbalance. While SARMs do not pose an immediate threat, it is important to follow the necessary protocols, such as post-cycle therapy.

What Is a PCT?

Post-cycle therapy (PCT) is a cycle of supplements that must be taken after having SARMs. The purpose of this is to help your body regain its ability to produce testosterone naturally. The compounds present in SARMs temporarily suppress your hormones. 

PCTs are made from various substances, depending on where you buy them. Common ingredients include estrogen blockers, liver detoxifiers, and testosterone boosters. These supplements promote hormonal functions, which help you regain your internal hormonal balance. 

When you start taking PCTs, you will likely experience a slight shift in your feelings. The shift may vary between different individuals, however, the general feeling is an improvement in mood and increased energy as your hormone levels return to normal.

How Long Should a PCT Be?

The length of the PCT depends on which type of SARMs stack you took. A PCT for SARMs should last from 2 to 6 weeks. All individuals experience different feelings after a cycle, which means one may feel better after a week while others may need two months. 

It’s always best to have your PCT supplements before completing your SARMs cycle. 

A higher dose of SARMs will cause more suppression of hormones, which means that the recovery period would be longer and more intense. Alternatively, a SARMs cycle containing only one or two compounds would generally take 4 weeks of PCT.

Tips When Taking PCT After SARMS

PCT can be manageable if you follow these tips:

  • Keep training. To maintain your gains, it’s important to continue with your training regime. Don’t skip workouts, however do not push yourself too hard.
  • Have a proper diet. Getting a lot of protein is important to maintain your muscle mass. Eat enough healthy fats as well, as this will positively affect your testosterone levels.
  • Consider a testosterone booster with PCT. If you can, you should add a testosterone booster with your PCT to correctly balance your hormonal levels.
  • Get enough rest. This is often overlooked, but getting a good night’s sleep is important during the PCT phase. Your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep to recover correctly.

What Happens if You Skip PCT?

When you take SARMs, your body’s natural production of testosterone and other hormones takes a hold. 

If you don’t take the necessary PCTs after a cycle of SARMs, it could take months (or longer) for your hormones to return back to normal. During this time, you may experience symptoms of low testosterone, such as reduced muscles, fatigue, and mood swings. 

Apart from your hormonal imbalance, you are also at risk of losing the muscle progress that you gained during the SARMs cycle. The side effects that you may experience can also reduce your endurance to train.

About the author 

Simon Courtney

Simon has been involved in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. He has served on the board of several healthcare non-profits and has written numerous articles on health and wellness. He is passionate about helping people improve their health and lives. Simon currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

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