The main concern for most SARM users is the level of testosterone suppression they will experience after a cycle, and what they’ll have to do in order to reverse it.
For that purpose, we use what is known as a PCT, in the form of one or multiple SERMs, depending on the level of suppression experienced from the cycle.
If we categorize the SARMs on the level of testosterone suppression they cause, we may divide them as:
- mildly suppressive (MK 2866, S4, ACP 105, AC 262)
- moderately suppressive (RAD 140, LGD 4033)
- highly suppressive (S4, LGD 3033, YK11)
How to Determine Whether PCT is Necessary
When looking into moderately suppressive SARMs, namely RAD 140 and LGD 4033, a PCT will almost always necessary. We know this based on countless clinical trials and heaps of empirical evidence.
Of course, there are outliners who can get away without doing a PCT but they are a minority and you should assume you’re not one of them.
So how do you go about assessing the level of suppression of a cycle?
Firstly this should never be left decided on speculation. Instead it should be done by carefully monitoring how you feel, and by doing a blood test of your hormonal panel, or at least your free test and LH.
So here’s how to determine whether PCT is necessary with and without bloodwork.
If you for whatever reason don’t do bloodwork you could probably get away without a PCT but only if you feel good, experience no sexual issues, and have no symptoms of low Testosterone – but I would still advise you to run a PCT for your own peace of mind anyways.
If you feel suppressed, or experience any symptoms of low testosterone, you should do a PCT.
Bloodwork is the only accurate way to determine whether a PCT is warranted or not. You will need to test for the following markers:
- Total Testosterone
If your blood test shows that your Total Testosterone and LH levels are below the normal range, you’ll need a PCT, no matter how you feel. If they are within the normal range (even if they are close to the low end), you can probably skip a PCT. But if you still feel suppressed despite having normal levels, do a PCT anyway to feel better faster.
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Once you determine that you need a PCT, the protocol itself is very straightforward:
- You will need to take a single SERM (any SERM can work) for 4 weeks
- Start taking the SERM (any SERM, only one) the first day after your last dose of RAD 140 or LGD 4033
- Take it for 4 weeks, every single day
- During the last week of your PCT, lower the dose of the SERM by half and taper it off
I would personally recommend Enclomiphene or Tamoxifen as you will feel your best on either one of them. Toremifene would be my second option. I would avoid Clomiphene as Enclomiphene is a much better option. And finally Raloxifene would be my least favorable choice.
If you want to read more about why I’ve made these recommendations read this article on SERMs for bodybuilding.
On another note, you could also opt for an alternative approach and take the SERM on cycle as a non suppressive test base. This is a form of test base known as a SARM + SERM.
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- I mentioned that Enclomiphene is the best choice among the SERMs. It is the strongest SERM, with the least amount of side effects. But, it is often faked and just mislabeled as Clomiphene. For this reason, I recommend you avoid it unless you have a legitimate source.
- If you stack RAD 140 and LGD 4033, that will no longer be considered a moderately suppressive cycle, but a highly suppressive cycle, and it will require a stronger PCT to recover from. On another note, I advise that you don’t stack them, or other SARMs of the same type. Instead, look to stack for synergy.
- Incorporating other RCs’ like MK677 or PPARα agonists will have no impact on your testosterone level.
Wrapping up, that’s all you need to know about running a PCT after a moderately suppressive SARM (either RAD 140 or LGD 4033). If you have more specific questions I urge you to send me a DM on Instagram @pathofpeds. Hope you found this useful.