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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