3. Duration of use is an extremely very influential factor but very easily understood, as it need not be explained that the longer a particular anabolic steroid cycle is run, the increased incidence of side effects will also present themselves as the duration of use becomes longer and longer. The recovery of natural endogenous Testosterone production also becomes increasingly difficult following the termination of an anabolic steroid cycle if a cycle is run for longer and longer lengths of time. Various anabolic steroids may exhibit higher degrees of HPTA suppression and shut-down than other compounds, but all anabolic steroids exhibit this effect of HPTA suppression and eventual shutdown as duration of use continues. Severely atrophied Leydig cells in the testes following extremely long cycles will have far greater difficulty re-engaging endogenous Testosterone production again due to desensitization to gonadotropins resultant of long-term suppression/shutdown. Ideal cycle lengths for short-estered anabolic steroids should be in the range of 8 – 10 weeks, and for long-estered anabolic steroids, 10 – 12 weeks. Any longer than this and the individual runs high risk of increasingly difficult HPTA recovery.
Anavar can be one of the friendliest steroids available for athletes and bodybuilders. If you are consuming the drug for more than 3 weeks, then you need to go for PCT. Otherwise, there is need of PCT. When you use Anavar for a period of seven days or 10 days, there is no need of going for PCT. It is because during this period, your body produces testosterone naturally and normally. If you stop taking the steroid after that period, your body takes barely three days to again start functioning normally. In another case, you don’t need to undertake PCT if you are starting to use the steroid 12 weeks after taking the first steroid cycle. It is because your body gets adapted to the changes made by the steroid.
A common question by beginners is how much time off is required in between cycles before they should engage in the next cycle. A general rule followed by most is that the amount of time on cycle, plus PCT, should be the time spent off-cycle. For example, an individual who engages in an 8 week cycle followed by a 4 week PCT (12 weeks total, or 3 months) should therefore allow 12 weeks (or 3 months) of time-off prior to the next cycle. Others advocate setting a solid flat-rate of time in between cycles despite how short or how long a cycle is or was. For example, 4 months of time-off would be taken in this case even if the individual performed an 8 week cycle or a 12 week cycle. The important point to take home here is that proper time off is essential and required for the body to return to its normal physiological functions. Failing to realize this can and will result in possible long-term health complications as a result.