In this post, I want to talk to you in simple terms about using raloxifene for bodybuilding benefits.
Raloxifene has a lot in common with the more well-known Nolvadex and Clomid PCT supplements. However, raloxifene also differs from both of these and that difference can be quite important to understand.
So I’m going to do here is talk you through how raloxifene works in comparison to other PCT supplements like Nolvadex and Clomid, and also why you need to understand the difference between a SERM and an aromatase inhibitor (AI).
We will even cover how raloxifene can reverse gyno, and the best strategy to use to achieve this.
Plus, I’m going to talk about the evidence around raloxifene and weight loss, and close by telling you where you can actually buy this stuff so that you can give it a try.
Testosterone Drop & Gyno Symptoms Explained
When you do a course of SARMs or steroids it can lead to your testosterone levels dropping, let me explain why.
Anabolic SARMs and anabolic steroids fool your body into reacting as if testosterone levels were increasing. The androgen receptors are hit harder and more frequently to get the muscle growth, strength, endurance, and other anabolic effects.
But the thing is, it’s not actually testosterone. But because your body thinks it is, it starts to cut down its production because it thinks it has too much available.
So when you finish your course of SARMs or steroids you find that you’ve actually got less testosterone than when you started, which produces problems.
These are the problems low testosterone can produce:
- Feelings of depression and low self-worth
- Lack of physical energy
- Lack of mental/emotional energy
- Feeling less “male”
- Lower sex drive and fertility
- Less ability to lift heavy weights
- Less endurance
- Lower levels of stamina
- Worse post workout recovery
- Increase in mental and physical female traits
- Potential for excess breast tissue to grow (gynecomastia)
As you can see, that’s one hell of a list and you should be pretty clear on whether you have any of those symptoms towards the end of the SARMs or steroid cycle.
SARMs That Can Create Gyno Problems
Before I go further in discussing raloxifene, I just want to explain to you which SARMs can actually cause gyno problems because there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
To be clear, not all SARMs are androgenic in the effects they produce, meaning that they don’t all activate the androgen receptors; some work in different ways.
These are the widely used SARMs that are anabolic:
So as you can see, that’s not all the popular SARMs. SR-9009, MK-677, and many other popular SARMs do not work on the androgen receptors and do not cause gyno problems.
Here’s What You Should Do If You Suspect You Have Gyno Symptoms
If you suspect you have got significant testosterone drop, and you’re in danger of developing gyno symptoms, or you think you are (usually a feeling of sponging us in small lumps on the breast), then you need to stop the cycle you are doing immediately.
You’ll then need to start PCT. High doses will be needed, and you may need to mix the PCT supplements to get the best bounce back.
How Raloxifene Works
Raloxifene is a SERM, a selective estrogen receptor modulator. It works by binding to the estrogen receptors in the body, especially in breast tissue.
By binding to the receptors and activating them, it stops those receptors needing more estrogen, so actual estrogen then doesn’t bind to them, stopping the activation and therefore the gyno development.
Raloxifene is exactly the same as Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) and Clomid (clomiphene sulfate) with regards to how it works.
However, and this is vitally important to understand, it’s been found in studies that raloxifene is more effective for stopping gyno than Nolvadex and Clomid.
The reasons are unclear, but it has a higher binding affinity in breast tissue it seems, which means it’s better at stopping the development of excess breast tissue in a way that Nolvadex and Clomid don’t as efficiently.
Now I’m not saying that Nolvadex and Clomid don’t work for this, because Nolvadex especially has been shown to stop the symptoms of gyno development.
But, what I am clearly saying to you is that if you have gyno symptoms and concerns, use raloxifene first. It’s simply better at stopping the development of breast tissue than Nolvadex or Clomid.
If you don’t have gyno concerns, no signs of its development, then Nolvadex or Clomid will be fine. In fact, Nolvadex and Clomid are both better generally in the body at blocking the estrogen activation and allowing testosterone levels to bounce back.
So this is not a choice between three situations. It’s choosing raloxifene to stop gyno primarily, and it’s choosing Nolvadex to stop the symptoms of testosterone drop and get them bouncing back.
If Nolvadex is working for that general bounce back, Clomid is the stronger option to then consider.
SERMs V’s Aromatase Inhibitors
One thing I need to clear up with you right now because it’s really important is the difference between a SERM and an AI (aromatase inhibitor). The reason it’s important to understand the difference is the way they work can create completely different situations and different problems.
As you’ve already learned, SERMs work by blocking the estrogen receptors. So they don’t directly lower the levels of estrogen, they just stop the estrogen effects. Over time, the body then starts to lower its estrogen production and conversion from testosterone because it’s fooled into thinking it has too much, just like it was fooled into thinking you had too much testosterone to create the problem in the first place.
Aromatase inhibitors (like Anastrozole) stop the production of something called aromatase, which is crucial to creating estrogen. So taking a good dose of an aromatase inhibitor stops estrogen production completely.
In the very short term, you could use an aromatase inhibitor alongside a SERM to stop that estrogen causing problems in the male body.
However, thinking that an aromatase inhibitor is basically the same can be really bad.
The reason it’s bad is that the aromatase inhibitor stops the production of estrogen. Even men need estrogen for strong bones.
So if you shut down your estrogen production for weeks on end at the end of every SARMs cycle, you’re not making yourself stronger, even if you are using SARMs which can help bone density. In fact, you’ll be creating a problem with long-term brittle bones.
My advice is not to use an aromatase inhibitor except for the first couple of weeks after the end of the SARMs cycle where it’s obvious you’ve got a significant problem with overproduction of estrogen and low testosterone.
For most guys, this just isn’t a problem you will face a Nolvadex, Clomid, or raloxifene for gyno, which are all enough to solve the problem.
How To Use Raloxifene To Stop And Even Reverse Gyno
If you have gyno symptoms, then you have the following options for stopping development, and in some cases reversing the process:
- DHT therapy
- Anti-estrogen therapy
- Androgen therapy
- SERMs (Nolvadex, Clomid, raloxifene)
- Aromatase inhibitors (not highly recommended)
I’ll add to that surgery, although if you’ve got to that stage then you are in real trouble and your body will also have other problems around high estrogen and low testosterone.
As you’ve now read, it will do that by fooling your body into thinking it has enough estrogen, which will start to shut down production and conversion.
But raloxifene is your tool of choice if you suspect gyno is starting to happen because it has 10 times the binding affinity to the estrogen receptors in breast tissue, when compared to other SERMs.
If you’re feeling really depleted of your testosterone, or you’re starting to get pain in your breasts or even small spongy lumps, then it’s time to hit the raloxifene hard for a few weeks.
I will also say that you can pair raloxifene up with something like Nolvadex as well. Because Nolvadex is better at dealing with problems around high levels of estrogen in the body generally when compared to raloxifene, it’s good to stack it with it, so that you are really going to town on stopping receptor activation only in breast tissue, but around the body.
This is how you should use raloxifene:
- For the first two weeks, you should dose raloxifene at about 60 mg per day. If you’re going to stack it with Nolvadex, I would dose it at around half that level.
- Start your use of raloxifene as soon as you can. This could mean even using it on cycle, but I’d recommend you stop the SARMs or steroid cycle and go straight to PCT if you are that concerned.
- Taper down your raloxifene dosage to about half of what you started with at around the two-week mark.
- If you see and feel gyno symptoms, I would pair up raloxifene with Nolvadex, because it’s also been shown in studies to attack the formation of male breast tissue.
What Chance Of Raloxifene Gyno Success Is There?
If you start raloxifene as soon as you feel the symptoms then you have the best chance of success. Stack it with Nolvadex if you’re really concerned.
Also, and this is crucial if that means cutting your SARMs cycle short, then so be it.
There’s no point in starting post-cycle therapy while you are still causing your testosterone imbalance. Use your brain here guys, stop doing the bad thing and start doing the good thing.
If you start using raloxifene immediately you feel symptoms, and you use it for around two weeks and then start to taper down, then there is a good chance you will not only stop the gyno, but even start to reverse it.
Let’s Talk About Raloxifene And Weight Loss
The link between using raloxifene and weight loss is unclear I’m afraid to say.
The studies that have been done have only been undertaken with women. They suggest that postmenopausal women, who with lower estrogen levels are more likely to put on visceral fat, can benefit from using raloxifene when losing weight.
It’s also been shown that postmenopausal women who are actively healthy and losing weight can lose more using raloxifene than they can naturally. But none of that means that a healthy guy who’s weightlifting is going to be losing more weight by using raloxifene.
In postmenopausal women, sure, exaggerated abdominal fat loss has been observed when using raloxifene in controlled studies. However, I’ve seen no evidence online, or from my own use of raloxifene, to suggest it will help you lose more fat than you can naturally.
For me, you’re better off accelerating the cutting of body fat using SARMs instead.
Where To Find Raloxifene For Sale
Let’s close this review with every Of what we have discussed here. Raloxifene can be used for gyno reversal success. It might not happen, but it’s your best chance. Raloxifene is also good when used in conjunction with Nolvadex from the overall better effect of suppressing estrogen in the body.
So using raloxifene for bodybuilding benefits is definitely a good strategy, because of the way it can target protecting your breast tissue from the symptoms of gyno.
However, in terms of the general PCT supplement, raloxifene is not your weapon of choice. You should be using Nolvadex or Clomid, and definitely shouldn’t be using an aromatase inhibitor for long if you choose one of those instead.
Using raloxifene for weight loss is a tenuous strategy. Yes, it’s been shown to gently accelerate weight loss in exercising postmenopausal women. So it might work, but I’ve seen no evidence. Let’s conclude by telling you where you can actually buy good quality raloxifene.
For me, you should be buying it from Swiss Chems. These guys have been one of my “go-to” webstores for the past three years. Swiss Chems sell high-quality SARMs, peptides, nootropics, and PCT supplements.
Raloxifene costs $85.95 for 60 capsules. Each capsule doses 20 mg.
That makes it really easy to dose. Simply take three capsules for the first two weeks, then drop it to 2 capsules after that.