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Blood tests (before, on and after steroid cycle)

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While using steroids (AAS) it is necessary to do the following blood tests:

1. Pre-test will warn you if there is any reason you can’t use steroid at that time. Also, it will give a baseline for comparison later on.
2. Mid-test (on cycle) will show how your body is reacting to the cycle. (Optional)
3. Test after PCT (Post-cycle therapy) ensures hormone levels return to normal.


Recommendations before the blood test:

  • Do it in the morning on empty stomach.
  • Do not have sex within 24 hours before the blood test. It can affect levels of testosterone and prolactin.
  • Exclude physical training 36-48 hours before the blood test (especially cardio sessions).

 

Tests needed

(!)  Red coloured tests are must do.

Others are recommended/if needed.

1. Pre-test (before cycle):

  • Testosterone (Total & Free)
  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Liver panel  (if you want to use orals)
  • Lipid panel
  • Prostate
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Bilirubin
  • Prolactin
  1. Mid-test (4 weeks from the start / optional):
  • Cortisol
  • Lipid panel
  • Liver panel (especial with hepatotoxic steroids)
  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Bilirubin
  • Prolactin
  1. After PCT (4-5 weeks after Post-Cycle Therapy):
  • Testosterone (Total & Free)
  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Liver panel  (especial with hepatotoxic steroids)
  • Lipid panel
  • Cortisol
  • Prostate
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Bilirubin
  • Prolactin

 

In Canada most blood tests are covered by OHIP, but at the same time you can’t do them without a prescription from a doctor. Furthermore, a doctor would need reasons for blood analysis. Here are some tips and directions on how to obtain required prescriptions.

1. Family doctor.

Easy to get, if you have a good relationship. Good option if you are clean. Cons – tests data would stay in your medical history.

2. Naturopath.

Naturopath is a doctor that can send you for blood tests. Not covered by OHIP. Prices may vary, depending on location. Approximately, it would cost you two visits to a doctor + blood tests fees. Private option.

3. Walk-in clinic.

Similar to a family doctor. Tell a doctor you are taking a test booster and you feel moody and your nipples are sensitive. In this case they have to give you a form for testosterone and estradiol tests.  Private option.

 

Hope this information will help you.
Stay healthy and strong.

 

Yours truly,
Icewood team

One thought on “Blood tests (before, on and after steroid cycle)”

  1. Big D says:

    Great info guys!!

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