Post PCT Panel


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This PCT after cycle panel is designed to measure the health and recovery of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular Axis (HPTA) after attempting to normalize it spontaneously or with the use of Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT) . PCT is prescribed by some physicians for men who stop testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) or other androgens. Fasting is required for CMP (glucose test).

Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) Panel: A Comprehensive Guide to Hormonal Health Post-Steroid Cycle

What Is the Post-PCT Panel?

The Post-PCT Panel is a specialized set of tests aimed at assessing the health and recovery status of your Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular Axis (HPTA) following a steroid cycle. Whether you've relied on natural normalization or used Post Cycle Therapy (PCT), this panel provides the essential metrics for understanding your body's hormonal balance.

Why Is Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) Important?

Post Cycle Therapy is a regimen undertaken after completing a cycle of performance-enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids. While these substances can lead to impressive muscle gains, they often come with a downside—negative effects on your testosterone levels and overall physical well-being. Here’s the science behind it:

  1. The Steroid Impact: Anabolic steroids introduce a high level of artificial testosterone into your system. When you cease usage, your natural testosterone production takes a hit, leading to various physical symptoms.

  2. The Recovery Phase: Your body will try to naturally reboot its testosterone production. However, reaching a hormonal balance could be a long, drawn-out process.

  3. Role of PCT: Post Cycle Therapy aims to expedite your return to hormonal balance by stimulating natural testosterone production. However, the effectiveness of PCT is still under scientific scrutiny.

Why Do You Need the Post-PCT Panel?

The Post-PCT Panel is crucial for evaluating:

  1. Testosterone Balance: Supplemental testosterone can inhibit your body's natural production, impacting the levels of Luteinizing Hormone (LH).

  2. Sperm Quality: Inhibition of LH also affects levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), which is vital for sperm production.

For optimum accuracy, it’s advised to take this panel at least four weeks post-PCT and preferably in a fasting state in the morning.

What Tests Are Included?

The Post-PCT Panel offers a wide range of tests:

  • Ultra Sensitive Estradiol (E2) by LC/MS: Precision in estradiol levels for men.

  • Total and Free Testosterone LC/MS: No upper limit restrictions.

  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH): Key to testosterone production.

  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH): Vital for sperm production.

  • CBC - Complete Blood Count: Includes hematocrit.

  • CMP - Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Covers liver and kidney functions, glucose levels, and electrolytes. Note: Fasting is required for an accurate glucose test.

At, our Post-PCT Panel leverages state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive array of tests to give you a full view of your hormonal health post-steroid cycle. With our guidance, you can effectively monitor your recovery and understand the impact of performance-enhancing drugs on your system. Take control of your health—schedule your Post-PCT Panel today!


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  • McBride, J. A., & Coward, R. M. "Recovery of Spermatogenesis Following Testosterone Replacement Therapy or Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use." Asian J Androl, 2016.

  • AlShareef, S. et al. "Anabolic Steroid Use Disorder." StatPearls, 2022.

  • Delu, A. et al. "CC Improved Testosterone and Sperm Concentration in Hypogonadal Males." Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, 2020.

  • de Ronde, W. "Unjustified Prescribing of CMA and PCT, Lack of Awareness!" Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, 2020.


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