Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) for woman
Use of steroids and PCT is more complicated in women than in men. Women also produce testosterone; they need it for healthy bones and muscles. Using steroids would help increase endurance and strength in women.
However, in women, it is better to use steroids with lower androgenic action like Anavar. Such steroids have lesser side effects like causing masculinity.
Anabolic steroids cause a different kind of complications in women as they not only suppress production of natural testosterone in them but also alter production of hormones like estrogen and progesterone.
Hormonal disbalance in women results in irregularities of the menstrual cycle, failure to ovulate, reduced fertility. PCT aims to correct all this.
Female psychology is more affected by steroids in comparison to men. Hormonal changes would cause more pronounced alterations in mood, and some may even get depressed.
Most PCT in females would start with Clomid, a medication that helps to normalize working of estrogen, especially in those on an aggressive steroid cycle. Next in importance comes HCG, a kind of hormone, that normalizes hormone production. It helps normalize levels of progesterone, help revive ovulation and fertility.
In women, natural estrogenic supplements are also recommended. Thus one may use soy products during PCT. Herbal or natural estrogen-like substances are gentle in action.
Other supplements often recommended for females are vitamin b-complex, primrose oil, natural progesterone cream, royal jelly.
It is recommended that women should also use AI (aromatase inhibitors) while taking steroids. Those who do not use them are more probable to have estrogenic rebound. It means that once a woman discontinues steroids, she feels sudden upsurge in levels of estrogen.
In some women, estrogen rebound may be very severe. Nolvadex is one drug that may help overcome symptoms of high levels of estrogen and normalize its levels.
Further, as we already mentioned that women are also more prone to psychological effects of hormonal ups and downs. Many of them may get depressed. Natural treatment of depression could be using valerian root or St. Johns Wart. However, some may require therapy with antidepressant drugs. Antidepressants are better taken after consultation with a specialist.
Last but not least, do not undermine the importance of diet and the cardio regime in PCT. Drink lots of water, intensify cardio workouts. Eat more dietary fiber, green vegetables (rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals). Omega-3 supplementation or consuming fatty fish may be a good idea.
To sum up, remember that therapeutic targets for PCT in females are broader than in males. Women not only need to normalize production of natural testosterone, but also regularize production of estrogens, and progesterone.
In women it is not just about normalizing levels of hormones, but also about regularizing hormonal rhythm, normalizing cycles, regularizing ovulation and fertility. Countering depression is even a more significant challenge in women than in men. However, with well-implemented PCT therapy that combines drugs, diet, and supplements, things can be corrected readily.