Post Cycle Therapy Test PCT Test
- Free Testosterone
Men who want to restart their own testosterone production, after using androgens, can take this blood panel. Be sure to take into account the esters being administered. Below you will see an average number of days it takes for a particular ester to be completely removed from your body. After this you can take this blood panel.
- Enathate esthers: 60 days
- Propionate esthers: 23 days
- Acetate esthers: 15 days
- Boldenone 83 days
- Nandrolone enathate 90 days
Also, this blood panel check comes with an additional document that states approximately where you want to be per hormone in your reference value. This way you can check if the PCT protocol is working.
Most of the problems you encounter when stopping taking anabolic steroids are related to an incomplete recovery of testosterone production in your body. You only know if you have recovered from a course when your testosterone is at the same level as before your (first) course. It takes between four months and a year for your testosterone to fully recover. In this period it is useful to measure your testosterone level at least once.
Testosterone alone doesn't tell you much. The reference values are no indication of what is healthy for your age. And when your testosterone is lower, you don't know why. That is why it is important to also measure the control hormones LH and FSH. This way you know whether a lowered testosterone level is caused by insufficient control by the pituitary gland or by insufficient sensitivity in the leydig cells of your testicles.
By measuring oestradiol you can assess whether it inhibits your testosterone production. You also need sufficient oestradiol for a healthy libido and oestradiol protects you against heart and vascular diseases. Since testosterone is the raw material for oestradiol, both values are related.
With SHBG and Albumin you can calculate free testosterone. This calculation is much more accurate than the free androgen index. A lowered testosterone level can be compensated by your body by lowering SHBG, so the free testosterone is in the normal range. You will only know this by measuring all relevant values.