Clomiphene Citrate is widely used in the treatment of women with premature ovarian failure, as well as for ovulation induction. However, long-term use of this drug is not safe (it increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer).
Clomid is often used to reduce the side effects of steroids (such as gynecomastia, suppression of testosterone, acne, etc.). This agent reduces the activity of estrogen in the body (suppression of estrogenic activity). Besides, Clomid stimulates the production of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone, and also stimulates the synthesis of gonadotropin when used in small doses (high doses will cause the opposite reaction).
Despite the fact that this drug is popular among athletes, it also has some side effects (vision problems, risk of multiple pregnancy). But this happens only in the case of an overdose or long-term treatment. To date, there are more effective pharmacological agents, but Clomid is still in great demand among bodybuilders and athletes.
Clomid is recommended for the treatment of women with ovarian dysfunction. Many women are not able to get pregnant, because their ovulation process is broken. Among patients with ovulation problems, there are patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and those with amenorrhea of unknown cause. Clomid is prescribed only after thorough investigation of the menstrual cycle. As a rule, the drug should be taken on the fifth day of the cycle (usually for 3-6 cycles). Long-term treatment is not recommended.
Clomid is a potent drug. However, proper dosage and shortest duration of treatment can help with female infertility. Clomiphene interacts with estrogen receptors in the hypothalamus and causes an increase in levels of gonadotropins that enhance the stimulation of the ovaries to produce estrogen. Increased levels of estrogen are essential for the process of fertilization.
Clomid is recommended for women with ovarian dysfunction. At the same time, there are a few rules:
- Women should not be pregnant before they start Clomid therapy.
- Before treatment, each woman must undergo an ultrasound to exclude ovarian enlargement (ovarian cysts).
- Lack of vaginal bleeding. If you have vaginal bleeding, you should be carefully examined to exclude cancer.
- Liver function tests should indicate that your liver is working normally.
Clomid treatment shows good results in women with ovulatory dysfunction. Besides, the drug is sometimes used in Europe and the United States to treat infertility in men. It is proved that Clomid causes an increase in sperm count. However, it is believed that long-term therapy may cause testicular tumors and gynecomastia.
Recommended Dosage for infertility
Patients should undergo a full screening for gynecological and endocrine disorders prior to the treatment. Ovulation usually occurs within 5-10 days after the beginning of Clomid therapy. The initial dose of the drug is 50 mg per day for 5 days. The dose may be increased for women who have no ovulation.
Clomid in Bodybuilding
Both amateurs and professional athletes often use Clomid, as well as a variety of other chemicals, such as anabolic steroids, HCG, Tamoxifen, thyroid hormones, etc. Unlike other anabolic steroid hormones, Clomid does not reduce testosterone levels. On the contrary, it is used to increase the level of testosterone.
Almost all anabolic steroids have both anabolic and androgenic action. In some cases, anabolic steroids promote the formation of estrogens. Further, estrogen promotes gynecomastia in bodybuilders. Therefore, Clomid is used for the prevention of gynecomastia caused by anabolic steroids. Some bodybuilders take Clomid in combination with other steroids and growth hormone.
Clomid Dosage for Bodybuilding
Clomid should be taken only once a day. The tablets must be swallowed (preferably with water). It is better to take the drug at one and the same time of day. It is also very important not to drink alcohol, as it negatively affects the efficacy of the drug.
Experienced athletes recommend taking Clomid alone or in combination with anabolic steroids with low activity. Most bodybuilders take anabolic steroids for a few months and then start taking Clomid. It is recommended to start using Clomid 7-10 days after the cycle.
Many athletes and bodybuilders take different doses of Clomid. Most bodybuilders take 50-100 mg per day within two weeks. Some bodybuilders recommend increasing the dose to 100-150 mg per day. In any case, do not take Clomid for more than three weeks or consult with a specialist.
Female athletes usually do not take this drug, so as not to disturb the natural level of hormones in the body. However, some may use Clomid to burn excess fat before the competition, as the drug has some anabolic effect. Nevertheless, this drug should be used with caution in women.
Clomid Side effects
Clomid is completely safe if taken within a short period of time. Most of the adverse reactions caused by Clomid are temporary.
The main side effects include: flushing, abdominal discomfort, pain in the chest, headache, nausea, vomiting, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fatigue, hair loss. This drug has a toxic effect on the liver, but it is less pronounced than the effect of Tamoxifen.
In most cases, unwanted side effects go away after the end of therapy. It should be noted that Clomiphene Citrate may increase the risk of blood clots. Therefore, it is necessary to increase your daily water intake to minimize the risk of dangerous complications.
Clomid therapy leads to pituitary hyperstimulation. In turn, many reports mention visual deterioration in those patients who took Clomid for a long time: partial loss of vision, lack of sharpness of vision, etc. These symptoms are associated with long-term therapy. Thus, this is very dangerous for those who drive a car. In most cases, these symptoms disappear after discontinuation of the drug. In any case, if you have some vision problems, you should immediately stop taking the drugs and contact an ophthalmologist.
Many reports indicate that patients taking Clomid for a long time may experience a variety of behavior problems. These may include depression, irritability, insomnia, anxiety or aggression. However, such unpleasant complications only occur in 1% of patients taking Clomid.
Clomid and PCT
Many athletes start taking Clomid in order to speed up the recovery of hormones. This drug helps improve the production of testosterone and other hormones (luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormones). Specific dosing recommendations depend on the drugs you used during the cycle. If you were using only oral agents, then you can start taking Clomid on the third day after the end of the cycle. If you were using long acting agents (e.g., Sustanon, Testosterone Enanthate, Deca Durabolin), you can start taking Clomid two weeks after the last injection. In any case, take one tablet daily for ten days.
Remember that the post cycle therapy (mainly Tamoxifen or Clomid) plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of your work. If you choose the wrong drugs or dosage, this will negate all your efforts. Moreover, in addition to loss of muscle mass, you can easily disrupt the normal function of your hormonal system.
Clomid is the most popular drug for PCT. The vast majority of athletes around the world choose this drug (regardless of drugs taken during the steroid cycle).
How to take Clomid during the PCT
Bodybuilders take Clomid solely during the post cycle therapy. The drug helps reduce the level of estrogen, improve libido and reduce water retention. Clomid therapy during the PCT will help you avoid rapid weight loss, as well as help restore your body’s capacity to function, which was suppressed by strong steroids.
It is important to observe the recommended dosage. Athletes who took oral steroids should start with 2-3 tablets of Clomid. If you exceed the dosage, this may result in unacceptable health risks.
Experts recommend starting Clomid therapy immediately after the cycle. If you do not take Clomid or Tamoxifen, this will simply destroy your results. While taking Clomid after the steroid cycle, your body will slowly restore the natural production of hormones. Thanks to Clomid, testosterone will be completely restored after the PCT.
It is best to take Clomid in the morning and evening. The duration of therapy ranges from one week to one month.