Clomid is also effective as an anti-estrogen. With the intake of Clomid, the athlete gets the dual effect of blocking out some of the effects of estrogen, while also increasing endogenous testosterone production.
Clomid is one medication that bodybuilders use for PCT, or post cycle therapy. Clomiphene citrate, or Clomid, is a synthetic form of estrogen. It's used in the medical field to induce ovulation women with low fertility. However, it's also sometimes used in bodybuilding because when weightlifters sometimes use steroids to bulk up muscles, they will shut down the production of testosterone. This is because with steroids, there's a testosterone "rush," which suppresses natural production. When a bodybuilder is done with the cycle of androgenic steroids, his own natural testosterone levels will be almost zero.
When Clomid is used for bodybuilding, the body may be thrown into a catabolic state because there is almost no testosterone production. In such a state, the body uses its own muscle tissue, for nutrition.
With Clomid, the theory is that it will stimulate the hypothalamus to release a certain type of hormone called gonadotrophic hormones. These in turn stimulate the testicles to secrete testosterone, which brings the body's levels of testosterone back up and thereby minimizes muscle loss. Still others believe that Clomid blocks the inhibition of estrogen, which achieves similar results.
Rather than stimulating the release of natural testosterone, Clomid reduces estrogen inhibition caused by taking steroids. If one is a heavy androgen steroid user, sometimes a small amount of Clomid is used in the middle of the cycle of steroids, but it's questionable as to whether or not this is beneficial.
Bodybuilders using Clomid of course want to determine what is the right time to begin using it. If Clomid is taken too soon, it has no benefits. If taken too late, catabolic muscle loss has already commenced.
Bodybuilders who use Clomid during the androgen steroid post cycle are popular common, but the drug has only been FDA approved to help women ovulate.