Clomiphene Citrate, best known by the trade name Clomid, is a popular Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) that was developed in the 1970's for the purpose of ovarian stimulation. Clomid functions by fighting the negative feedback of estrogens in regards to the ovarian axis, thereby, stimulating the release of more Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH). The increase in the production of these gonadotropins (LH & FSH) functions to stimulate the release of the egg, and in turn, enhance the probability of conception.
The promotion of LH and FSH also has a benefit for men, particularly those who supplement with anabolic steroids. Clomid is often used after an anabolic steroid cycle has come to an end during a period of time referred to as post cycle therapy (PCT). The use of anabolic steroids will suppress natural testosterone production, and once the cycle is discontinued, while production will begin again on its own, it's often necessary to stimulate the production. This ensures there's more testosterone being produced, and as a result, our health is protected. Clomid is also a wise course of action due to what a low testosterone state will lead to post steroid use in terms of results. Without adequate testosterone levels, cortisol will become the dominating force in the body, and this glucocorticoid hormone will wreak havoc on the physique. When you come off cycle, there really is no logical reason for forgoing the use of Clomid.
Clomid is also commonly used while on cycle, specifically during the use of anabolic steroids. Many anabolic steroids have the ability to greatly increase estrogen levels through aromatization, and such action can lead to water retention and gynecomastia. Clomid, while carrying the ability to stimulate natural testosterone production also acts as an anti-estrogen. It can prevent gynecomastia; Clomid will bind to the receptors in the chest, in turn preventing estrogen from binding and leading to the condition. It may also have a positive effect on water retention; however, it's not always enough. Some men will need to use Aromatase Inhibitors (AI's) to fight the related estrogenic effects. AI's function by inhibiting the aromatase process and lowering the body's estrogen levels, but they can have a negative effect on cholesterol. Clomid should have no negative impact on your lipid profiles.
The side effects of Clomid are rather mild. This is a very well-tolerated SERM for most individuals, but side effects are possible. Some users report blurred vision with the use of this SERM, but it will clear once use is discontinued. There have been a few cases of the blurred vision continuing after use is discontinued, but this tends to be linked to extremely long-term use.
The side effects of Clomid may also include acne during course of PCT, but will clear shortly after use has ended. Approximately 2% of all who use the SERM stand a chance of suffering from headaches, nausea and or vomiting with even less suffering from the after mentioned visual disturbance. Some women may suffer from hot flashes or ovarian enlargement, but such cases are extremely rare.
Available in the U.S. and nearly every country across the globe, Clomid is not a controlled substance in the U.S. despite its testosterone increasing abilities. However, in order to legally obtain the tablet version you will need a prescription. The oral liquid version can also be obtained through a research chemical lab without a prescription, and such labs are quite easy to find.