Nolvadex and Clomid are two of the most popular Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) in the world and part of the supplemental plan for many performance enhancing athletes. In many ways Nolvadex and Clomid are identical; in-fact, the same results can be obtained with either form assuming dosing is applied to match depending on the one you use. Without question the most common use of Nolvadex and Clomid is during what is known as Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) the period of time in-which an anabolic steroid cycle comes to an end and the recovery process begins. While the PCT period is a common points of use for these very effective SERMs some will also supplement during the actual anabolic steroid cycle itself in-order to combat possible side-effects such as Gynecomastia. Nolvadex and Clomid are both useful for on cycle Gynecomastia prevention but they will not equal the power of other options and are typically best served in a PCT role.
For years many have argued that Nolvadex is the better SERM and far more effective than Clomid but this is a bit of an inaccurate statement. It is true, on a milligram for milligram basis Nolva, as it is commonly known is stronger than Clomid; 1mg of Nolvadex carries more potency than 1mg of Clomid. With that in mind if we equal the dosing, meaning, we increase the dosing of Clomid to match the potency of Nolva on a per milligram basis we largely have the same effect, the same results; those who typically do not like Clomid, especially during PCT usually are simply not taking enough.
The purpose of PCT is simple and twofold; to stimulate natural testosterone production that has been suppressed due to the use of anabolic steroids and to simply normalize the body in-order to remain healthy. Of course, most are also concerned with hanging onto the gains they made from their performance cycle but effectively achieving the two previously mentioned factors will promote just that and in a positive fashion.
Nolvadex and Clomid are both fine choices for your PCT purpose; truly you only need one or the other. Both SERMs have the ability to greatly stimulate the release of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) thereby promoting the production of testosterone. As you understand testosterone is produced in the testicles and such production occurs due to the release of LH by the pituitary gland. When the pituitary releases LH this signals the testicles to begin producing testosterone; without LH there is no production and without production there is no testosterone.
As SERMs Nolvadex and Clomid have the ability to combat certain anabolic steroid related side-effects, most notably Gynecomastia. Such side-effects occur due to the buildup of estrogen in the body; many anabolic steroids convert into estrogen due to their aromatizing nature and this can cause unwanted side-effects. Make no mistake, estrogen is a very important hormone but like many things in life we can have too much of it. A common assumption many make is that Nolvadex and Clomid reduce estrogen in the body and this is simply not true as they do not carry this ability. SERMs such as these act in a very specific manner and simply prevent the estrogen from binding to the receptors where they can cause a problem. While this binding effect can be useful in many cases it will not be enough and stronger measures must be taken. For this reason many choose to supplement with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) as AIs have the ability to inhibit the conversion of estrogen while also decreasing the amount of estrogen in the body.
In the end the truth is simple, Nolvadex and Clomid are both fine SERMs and for PCT you cannot go wrong with either one. As for side-effect prevention they can do a fair job at preventing Gynecomastia but they will generally do little else and are in many cases ill-equipped to handle even Gynecomastia; AIs are simply more efficient. If you are considering using Nolvadex and Clomid you will be best served saving it for your PCT plan and regardless of which one you go with if you have the ability to include hCG you will experience a very positive PCT plan.