Clomid is the very first SERM and one of the most popular post-cycle therapy compounds. Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid is the market name) has entered the market in 1967, a decade before Nolvadex was released. It has its own set of benefits – which are best seen in direct comparison with its main rival.
- Difference Between Clomid And Nolvadex
- Clomid Benefits
- How To Take Clomid
- When To Start Clomid PCT
- Clomid PCT Dosage
- Clomid PCT Cycle
- Clomid Side Effects
- Personal opinion on Clomid
Difference Between Clomid And Nolvadex
In short, Nolvadex is best to treat gynecomastia, and Clomid was created for infertility treatment. Both compounds are the first generation selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), which, to be true, doesn’t mean a thing.
Your local physician and the bald guy from Brazzers both wear white robes and stethoscopes for work sometimes, but they do it for completely different purposes, right? So do Clomid and Nolvadex.
The more correct analogy here would be the leg day and the arms day: technically, both make you bigger and stronger, but you work on two completely different areas. Here are 3 key difference that you should keep in mind before settling down with one of the compounds:
Nolvadex blocks estrogen receptors in the whole body while acting as an estrogen agonist in some parts of the body. Clomid directly affects your brain in two key parts, responsible for sex hormones, and interferes in the way your body reacts to estrogen increase. It blocks the pituitary gland and boosts Gonadotropin, the necessary hormone to get your natural testosterone production back to the normal level.
Nolvadex boosts estrogen administration in the liver, which results in a better and healthier balance between LDL and HDL cholesterol. You have to take it for decades to develop something unpleasant, like cysts. Clomid doesn’t bear such properties, but it’s considered to be a kind-of-weaker compound for PCT and doesn’t negatively affect your liver as well. Instead, it’s more harmful to your nervous system.
Nolvadex was made for long courses, you can take it for 6 weeks straight if you need it after the cycle. Clomid works best in a short period. It leads to a permanent increase of Estrogen levels if you take it for too long. Life-long SERM treatment is probably not what you want, so its best not to exceed over a healthy Clomid course duration.
There’s no way you can say that Clomid is better than Nolvadex or vice versa. Both compounds are unique and extremely helpful during the recovery phase of your cycle. The good news is that you can take them together – one after the other, not at the same time – to get the best out of each compound.
Increased LH and FSH levels
All SERMs block estrogen receptors, but Clomid does it in a unique fashion. It directly affects your pituitary gland, inactivating Estrogen in the very last second, like a bomb in an action movie from the ’90s. The pituitary gland is the area of your brain that is responsible for luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) production. To put it simply, these two guys work on your natural testosterone production line. Estrogen, when it comes to the pituitary gland, limits their amount in your body and they can’t go to work and make you more testosterone. Blocked estrogen in the pituitary gland means more LH and FSH, and more LH and FSH means more Testosterone.
Boosted Gonadotropin Production
In addition to the pituitary gland thing, Clomid also affects your hypothalamus (another part of the brain), stimulating the production of Gonadotropin. The chain reaction leads to even more boosted natural testosterone production. Instead of months, you need only 2 weeks of Clomid to get back on track.
How To Take Clomid
Clomid is oral and comes in pills. The most common pill form contains 50 mg of the active substance with small additives, like starch or magnesium. The best time to take it is after a meal with plenty of water. Clomid half-life is about 5 days, so there’s no need to break your daily dose in parts.
When To Start Clomid PCT
The only certain thing here is the fact that you shouldn’t take Clomid when your gear is on the peak of its action. Clomid is capable of completely ruining your cycle if you add it to anabolic steroids. You have two options for the right moment to start Clomid PCT:
- When the level of the gear in your organism starts to decrease. This way you can avoid the drop in hormonal level and prepare your testicles for work while some external steroids in small amounts are still in your blood. That’s a difficult approach because you can lose your gains if you start Clomid PCT too early;
- When your body is completely free of all the steroids that you’ve cycled. For mild gear, it’s about 3 days after the last injection or last pill. For long-acting steroids, such as Nandrolone or Testosterone Enanthate, this period should be extended to 10 days after the last injection. This way you experience a short hormonal misbalance, but don’t risk a single pound of hard-gained muscle.
With some steroid cycles under your belt, you start to feel your hormonal levels, either by pure intuition or by red flags and your body signs.
If you know how to find the right moment to start Clomid PCT when your gear is almost gone, go for it. Otherwise, just rely on the well-known half-life of the steroids that you’ve cycled.
Clomid PCT Dosage
Since Clomiphene Citrate is weaker than Tamoxifen, the daily dose is significantly bigger, up to 150mg is considered to be safe for daily administration. It’s recommended to start with a higher dose to boost the effect in the very first days of PCT when it is most vital for your hormonal system, and in 5-7 days into the course slightly decrease the dosage or cut it in half to maintain a mild, side effect free dose during the whole PCT phase.
Clomid PCT Cycle
There’s no universal Clomid protocol that is suitable for PCT after any cycle. Dosage and duration should be adjusted to the power of the gear that you’ve cycled. You should know that in 4-6 weeks Clomid (if you run it solo) loses some of its properties. That’s why the majority of athletes prefer to run it alongside additional PCT compounds, such as HCG, Proviron, or alternate it with Nolvadex in the beginning and at the end of the course.
Clomid Side Effects
The first thing to mention here is that the side effects of Clomid appear rarely, and the compound itself is believed to be the safest PCT option. All side effects that were reported are dose-dependent and manifest on high doses that are not recommended anyway. You still should know about them, but keep in mind that the only way to prevent Clomid side effects is to stay inside the healthy dosage frames.
Vision issues are proven to manifest only in 1,5% of the athletes, and the effect is linked to the boosted Gonadotropin production. Possible effects include:
- Blurry picture;
- Light flashes;
In case you experience one of these things, don’t rush to the ophthalmologist and just wait for a week or two until your PCT is done. Unfortunately, you can’t get away from it without dropping the course. If you notice any serious discomfort with your eyes – more serious than I’ve listed above – just switch to Nolvadex or drop the course completely.
Clomid interacts with the hormonal system and with the brain itself, so some mental side effects are unavoidable. Hopefully, they are mostly limited to mood disorders and rarely lead to anything serious. Here is what kinds of behavior can be explained by Clomid side effects:
- Mood swings;
- Crying for no reason;
- Aggressive behavior.
Some athletes report that they feel like they have a nervous system «of a 12 years old girl» while on Clomid, and others argue that the compound itself doesn’t affect their mental health at all. The interesting thing here is that psychological side effects are totally individual. If you’re a moody person, you have more chances to end up in a depressive state for a week or two, and if you’re aggressive by nature, get ready to put some extra effort into your anger management.
Other Possible Side Effects
These are two major areas where you can experience Clomid side effects. However, some studies, conducted on female users who took Clomid to manage fertility issues, reported a list of other negative side effects. You have a small chance to develop one of them, but still should be aware of the whole list:
- Hot flashes;
Clomid is not toxic to your liver or digestive system, and most of its side effects, while being rare and dose-dependent, are linked directly to the mechanism of its action, so you can’t get rid of them completely.
Personal opinion on Clomid
Do you have a personal opinion on Aspirin or Paracetamol? Most likely, you just take the pill when you have a headache and you know that it will work. Of course, you can buy a modern «Painkiller-3000» that will ease your pain 30 seconds faster, but there’s a huge chance that the new compound will be based on good old Paracetamol. That’s the way it works with Clomid.
Clomid is a basic compound for PCT. Basic in the best meaning of it. The very first SERM out there, the one that gave life to a whole class of compounds.
The fact that it’s still so popular today, after the development of two brand new generations of SERMs, says a lot about its reliability. Possibly, Nolvadex would be a better PCT option just for you. Or not. You never know until you try. Luckily, Clomid gives you a chance to see it for yourself with minimal risks.