What are Steroid Cycles?

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What are Steroid Cycles?

In this article we will discuss the very basics of steroid cycles and how individuals tend to use steroids. I am not condoning the use of steroids. This is for entertainment purposes. You should always consult with your doctor. The purpose of the article is to familiarize people with how steroid users use steroids.

As noted above steroids are used in cycles meaning that they are utilised for a defined period (Usually ranging from 4 weeks to 16 weeks depending on the drug) and then they cycle off the drugs. It is never ran for too long due to the side effects and natural testosterone (or HPTA) supression.

A single steroid may be used or multiple may be ‘Stacked’. Not all steroids work the same. Some are more anabolic than others (meaning they have a better ability to increase muscle mass) and others are more androgenic (causes masculinization). Each one can have similar or different effects and side effects. The steroid used depends on the goal of an individual.

After a steroid cycle, a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan is initiated. PCTs are used to re-establish your testosterone production (since exogenous hormones/ steroids are suppressive). PCT programs will be discussed in a separate article. Some may not use a PCT and instead use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after coming off a steroid cycle.

These are the basic principles to steroid cycles. There is a cycle and post cycle, which leads one to wonder if there is a pre-cycle. Technically there isn’t such a concept, however, it should exist, especially for safety reasons.

A pre-cycle would include everything one does before the cycle (i.e., preparing for the cycle). However, I would argue that this step is most vital. It involves planning the cycle and ensuring one’s health is in the position to be tampered for a few weeks. Essentially what I am saying is that one does not want to have elevated liver enzymes before initiating a cycle (especially one with oral steroids – more on this to come) since steroids will exacerbate this issue.

What does a Pre-cycle entail?

It involves having a general health check-up and, ideally, informing the doctor about the cycle. Secondly, blood tests. We need to see how the body is functioning and if it is in a healthy state. We would also like to see what testosterone and other reproductive hormones levels are pre-cycle in order to assess the individuals baseline and what hormone levels should be aimed to be attained post-cycle. There are other aspects to a pre-cycle (such as budgeting, supplements, etc.) but the two aspects mentioned above are of most importance.

The part that makes the pre-cycle unique is that it needs to be repeated at least two more times. Blood tests and health check-ups should be repeated half-way through the cycle and after the end of the Post-cycle therapy. Furthermore, blood pressure should be monitored regularly throughout the cycle and so should symptoms.

So, there you have it, the basics of a steroid cycle. A pre-cycle is not commonly mentioned elsewhere in the literature. However, I thought it necessary to include and emphasise since this blog is about safety, after all.

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