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So, i figured it was about time to make a post about women's pct options to help out women when coming off a cycle and to help men help women since they are VERY different!!!

Post Cycle Therapy i am sure you have heard time and time again... For men, this usually includes an ancillary to re-stimulate natural test production etc. With women, PCT is VERY VERY different.
I know it has been the general assumption that women do not need pct, however, it has come to my attention (and from years of experience) that they qactually DO in fact need PCT...

Post Cycle Therapy for women obviously does NOT include a test stimulant, but rather other factors...

Tapers: Everyone wants to know about tapering... Well, that really depends on the aas you are using... The milder the aas, the less the taper. For example, anavar does not call for a taper, however many women have seen less side effects post cycle with a little post cycle taper. This may be 1 week after you complete your cycle where you taper down. Considering the average dosage is 10mgs, a taper would be: (5, 5, 5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5)

In my own personal experience with working with friends who have been on  anavar, a taper for me really isn't necessary... so just stopping is fine. HOWEVER, do still apply Post Cycle Therapy!

I feel PCT should be considered due to these reasons:
Depression: MANY women report depression post cycle. I personally have seen some really really bad cases, so now I always recommend in the last week of cycle to start cycling in 5HTP. You can also use St. Johns wart or valerian root etc...

Estrogen Rebound: Granted anavar is a mild androgenic, it is still an androgen. Some women experience a slight estrogen rebound.
One of the ways to counteract it is to take "Twinlabs Male Fuel". This actually aids test levels to lower but not drop, thus preventing an estrogen rebound. When a hormone drops suddenly another one always tends to increase to counteract, even though it may not be beneficial to us...
Another way is to use a very very mild dosage of an estrogen suppressor (ie. nolvadex) to allow the estrogen to slowly level out as the test levels fall post cycle. (As your test levels begin to return to normal and decrease, estrogen will increase post cycle, due to the fact that an aas does suppress estrogen levels a bit, so a suppressor will control the speed at which it increases- thus preventing a possible estrogen rebound!)
Appetite: Most AAS tend to increase your appetite. This has a bit to do with an accelerated metabolism (increased muscle and protein synthesis), nevertheless, aas can increase appetite. With that said, I think a strict diet should follow your cycle.
My reasoning for this is the fact that since you have an increased appetite from using an aas, now that that is over, you will continue to experience an increased appetite, but with no aas anymore. Basically saying that now that you are OFF, you will not be using all the calories/fuel as efficiently as when you were ON. So if you splurge like crazy, you WILL notice a rebound in weight and or fat. Again I see this in female athletes I know the most
I HIGHLY recommend a clean diet for about 2 weeks POST cycle!!

Those are the 3 main factors i can think of that may cause havoc with a woman's mental and physical well being post cycle...Remember I'm a guy but I've worked with a lot of women who've been on. They are ALL factors i have personally dealt with with them, see them struggle with and help learn to control!

As a female who is using aas, PLEASE know ALL the facts!!! Be over-prepared! Just like guys there is nothing worse then a women who loves her results from weeks of suffering, training, dieting, etc... only to waste all her hard work and experience negative side effects post cycle... Estrogen rebound. Weight/fat rebound. Depression. I've seen it.

So please lady folk... LISTEN to your body. Get to really know what works for YOUR body! You may never need post cycle therapy, but you may... so good luck!!!

 

cheers!

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Gotta admit its not a section I am clued up in. I have helped figure and bikini but no use of AAS was there.

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I'm finding myself getting more clued up all the time. 5(ish) years ago I would've knew nothing. But, figure, physique, bikini, is there a women's classic now aswell? Powerlifting......crosshit. The growth has been expediental, its brilliant tbh. But it's dangerous too if not more for women. Once they get into the heavy stuff some of those sides are irreversible 

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