What is Clomid?
Clomifene, commonly referred to as just Clomid, is a compound that is frequently used for post anabolic cycle treatment in the classification of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator’s (SERMs). Originally developed in the early 1970’s as a strong fertility aid, it has since become one of the most commonly used SERMs by anabolic steroid users to combat estrogenic side effects sometimes caused by anabolic steroids. It is still commonly prescribed for fertility treatment in women and for treatment of hypogonadism in men as an alternative option to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Clomid enhances the release of gonadotropins and effectively increases the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) by the pituitary gland.
Clomid gained popularity among anabolic steroid users for PCT because of its ability to mitigate adverse estrogenic effects, as well as combating the suppression of natural testosterone as a result of using anabolic steroids. By supplementing with Clomid during anabolic steroid use, this SERM will bind to estrogen receptors, inhibiting the estrogen hormone from binding. This can be very useful in combating gynecomastia because estrogen is unable to stimulate the mammary tissue when clomiphene binds to the estrogen receptor. When used as an anti-estrogen, Clomid acts mimics the effects of estrogen in the liver which also promotes healthier cholesterol levels. Although Clomid does not reduce estrogen levels directly or inhibit the aromatization process, the estrogen receptor binding tends to be enough protection for most men using a mild to moderate amount of anabolic steroids. It will not provide enough estrogenic protection for the more intense anabolic steroid user; these users should consider an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) such as Arimidex or Letrozole instead.
Many experienced bodybuilders will make use of another popular SERM, Nolvadex, in combination with Clomid and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) during PCT cycles in order to kickstart their natural testosterone production. It is highly debated in the bodybuilding world which SERM is the better and more effective SERM (Nolvadex vs. Clomid), however, they both have their own strengths. Consensus still states that a combination of these drugs is the most ideal way to undertake PCT and get the best possible outcome. Clomid is often thought of as a more effective testosterone booster, while Nolvadex can excel better as an estrogen blocker. They are both anti-estrogens and both stimulate the release of GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone) which increases the output of luteinizing hormone by the pituitary gland, leading to an increase in testosterone levels.
Some of the many benefits of Clomid include:
- Powerful PCT
- Ability to reduce gynecomastia symptoms
- Increase in the release of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Limits suppression of natural testosterone levels during cycle
- Positive impact on cholesterol levels
What is the recommended dosage?
Most male bodybuilders will find they respond well to doses of 50-100mg/day for 4-6 weeks. It can be taken throughout the duration of the cycle to limit the suppression of natural testosterone, or taken post cycle. For most users, it is recommended to take Clomid for the duration of your cycle, then switch to a stronger AI such as Arimidex or Letrozole along with HCG post cycle.
What does Clomid stack well with?
It is highly recommended to take Clomid with Nolvadex and HCG if it is being used as a post cycle therapy to boost natural testosterone production. Clomid on its own generally does not do enough to bring natural testosterone levels back within the normal functioning range. It is also common to see Clomid stacked alongside a stronger AI such as Arimidex or Letrozole for maximum results.