Steroid Cycles for Women
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Testosterone Standalone Cycle
Testosterone standalone cycles are quite popular, both with newbies and advanced steroid users. Doses vary between 500mg to 2000mg per week. Individuals have noted considerable gains in muscle mass, along with an increase in their sex drives. The fat mass may also decrease. The effects are not as pronounced as the gains from the Testosterone and Trenbolone stack. Strength gains are significant, though a Trenbolone-only cycle can give better gains.
Trenbolone Standalone Cycle
If you are looking for strength gains from a standalone cycle, then you should go for a Trenbolone-only cycle. Notably, gains in lean body mass were moderate. Fat mass can reduce significantly. Many people have reported that they noticed a decrease in their sex drives after going on a Trenbolone-only cycle, which took some time to return even after Trenbolone use was discontinued.
Oxymetholone Standalone Cycle
The main benefit of this cycle is that your lean body mass will see a significant gain. On the other hand, fat will only slightly decrease. Edema and gynecomastia are two commonly noticed side effects. The dosage varies between 350 to 700mg per week.
Methandrostenolone Standalone Cycle
The mass gains from Methandrostenolone cycles can be compared to that from Oxymethalone cycles. The strength gains, however, are low. Edema is not an issue but some people have complained about gynecomastia. Doses vary between 350mg to 700mg per week.
Stanozolol Standalone Cycle
Lean body mass gains from Stanozolol-only cycles are moderate. On the other hand, the reduction in fat is significant. Edema is not a problem in this cycle. Doses vary between 350mg to 1500mg. At high doses, impressive reductions in fat mass can be seen, along with strength gains.
Methenolone Standalone Cycle
Lean body mass will see a substantial improvement, while the loss of fat is only moderate. Doses vary between 600mg to 2000mg per week. Water retention is not an issue here. If you are looking for a pump-up effect, do not expect it from this cycle.
Oxandrolone Standalone Cycle
This cycle will lead to a significant loss of fat. Lean body mass will only see a slight increase. You do not have to worry about water retention if you run this cycle. The pump-up effect is one of the lowest you will get from all standalone steroid cycles. Doses vary between 100mg to 700mg per week.
Halotestin Standalone Cycle
Lean body mass will see a moderate improvement in a Halotestin or Fluoxymesterone-only cycle. Fat reduction is also moderate. But strength gains see a noteworthy improvement. Doses vary from 100mg to 500mg per week.
What is Frontloading?
Advanced users of anabolic steroids might be aware of a practice called frontloading. Here, starting from the beginning of a cycle, high-potency oral steroids are used for a few weeks so that there is a boost in gains. This technique is followed for a period ranging between two to four weeks depending on how the compound affects the liver. The more the toxicity, the shorter the usage. Though all oral steroids are potent, some are milder than others. Anabolic steroids like Proviron, Primobolan, and Anavar fall into this category.
Anabolic steroids differ in their characteristics, which means there are steroids that are only suitable for specific uses. For instance, Trenbolone is not recommended for bulking but it is an outstanding fat burner. This makes it perfect for a lean mass cycle or a cutting cycle. Always take the side effects of a particular compound into consideration whenever you plan a stack. Do not combine anabolic steroids that show similar side effects. For example, never combine Anapolon and Dianabol because they are already quite toxic and if you combine them, the toxicity will increase exponentially and cause serious damage to your body.
The Period After the Steroid Cycle
When you are calculating the length of the cycle, do not forget to account for the half life of the anabolic steroid. Also note the time it might take for the injected drug to go below inhibitory level. This can be many half lives.
Let us take the example of Sustanon. Consider that you are to do a cycle of Sustanon for two weeks, stop for two weeks, before starting again. You continue this for 16 weeks (four cycles). If you think that you have been on two week cycles, you are wrong. A substantial amount of Sustanon will remain in your body in the two weeks that you are not taking any anabolic steroids, which can still produce effects. In short, you are not recovering. What will happen is, in the end you may find it difficult to recover your natural production of testosterone.
What Symptoms Can you Expect After a Cycle is Complete?
You may go through hypogonadism (low level of androgen) in the period following a steroid cycle. It is not possible to block this side effect. But how severe it becomes will depend on the length of the cycle and the anabolic steroid or steroids that you took during the cycle.
Poor recovery can result in a loss of muscle mass. During the cycle, the pituitary gland slows down its production of Luteinising hormone and FSH. Because the levels have been low for a considerate time, even when the cycle is complete, it will be some time before the pituitary gland starts producing normal levels. In the period, testicular atrophy may occur, but note that you can prevent it by using HCG, occasionally, during the cycle’s heavy phase.
Muscle loss can be minimized by restoring your body’s natural production of testosterone, maintaining muscle stimulation (through training) and taking proper nutrition. Hormonal recovery programs with Tamoxifen (Nolvadex), HCG and Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) can also help.
HCG to Combat Testicular Atrophy
Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, better known as HCG, is useful for those who show signs of testicular atrophy when on cycle. HCG mimics the action of Luteinizing hormone, in that it stimulates the Leydig cells of the testes to produce testosterone.
Spread your HCG use across two weeks and take small doses in frequent intervals. This will minimize side effects and show better results. You should accompany it with a SERM compound (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) such as Nolvedex or an aromatase inhibitor because by itself, HCG tends to increase the production and activity of aromatase enzyme, causing an increase in Estrogen levels.
Tamoxifen and clomiphene citrate are used to restore the production of natural testosterone. Both of these are SERM compounds. These block the effect of Estrogen on the cellular level and also trigger the production of FSH and LH. Also consider using an aromatase inhibitor such as Femara. Aromatase inhibitors suppress the action of aromatase enzyme, which is responsible for converting Testosterone into Estrogen, thus countering the side effects of HCG. But if you are using an SERM, you should not use an aromatase inhibitor, because the interaction of the two drugs can produce negative effects.
You should continue taking these medications until you are sure that your level of natural testosterone has come back to normal. There are also some optional medications that you can take to quicken your recovery, for instance Vitamin D supplements. Taking mega doses of Vitamin D, during the PCT can increase your testosterone levels.
Things to be Careful About
Abstain from using steroids for at least eight weeks to 12 weeks, after the cycle ends. Some individuals cannot stay away from steroids for the whole duration and they may start ‘bridging’. Here they inject themselves with low doses of a steroid like Testosterone Enanthate (200mg) every two or three weeks. This is not encouraged, because it interferes with recovery and may even prevent you from achieving metabolic homeostasis.
In the final weeks of their steroid cycles, some individuals start reducing their doses. In short, they practice tapering. They may taper their doses for three or four weeks. Here the dose is cut evenly, until finally it is discontinued. However, it is not known if tapering offers any value to the user. No clinical evaluation has even been conducted on the practice. While the technique is often used with thyroid hormones and anti-depressants, it it not recommended when you are using anabolic steroids. All studies that have been conducted on anabolic steroids end with high doses, with no tapering.
Tapering programs are said to aid in the recovery of natural hormones. But the body will not recover as long as a supraphysiological (more than natural level of androgen) is present in the blood. Such levels will usually persist during the entire duration of the tapering period. Tapering is also not proven to reduce muscle catabolism in the post cycle period.
Ultimately, there is no one answer that will suit everyone. Note that needs differ with the user. This advice will hold for body builders who are reasonably conservative and who wish to see substantial results.
Steroid Cycles for Women
Anabolic steroid use among women bodybuilders is a controversial topic and is seldom talked about. Not many women bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids are willing to open up about it and if they do, it is mostly to their close friends. It may be because the use of anabolic steroids to enhance physique and strength is still a frowned upon topic. Another factor is that anabolic steroids are basically male hormones and their use by women might raise uncomfortable questions.
Women have a different physiology and the way anabolic steroids effect them also differs. The lack of information on the topic and the veil of secrecy means a lot of women bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids are doing so without proper guidance and through trial and error. While there is much content to guide male bodybuilders, female bodybuilders are being deprived of a chance to make knowledgeable decisions, which puts them at a greater risk.
When designing steroid cycles for women, there are many things to consider compared to steroid cycles that are designed for men. For instance, there is a lot in the use of steroids, cycle protocols and PCT which does not apply to women.
Women body builders have some advantages over male bodybuilders when it comes to steroid use. On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages that they have to face.
Women Body Builders and Steroid Use
All anabolic steroids are either synthetic derivatives or analogues of Testosterone. When a women starts a anabolic steroid cycle, she is basically injecting testosterone into herself. This puts her at a risk to develop male secondary sexual characteristics or virilization . Her voice will deepen and she might grow facial and body hair. Menstrual irregularities and clitoral enlargement are other side effects. Note that women should never take anabolic steroids during pregnancy, because the introduction of exogenous hormones such as Testosterone during that phase might lead to birth defects in the fetus.
Differences Between Female and Male Anabolic Steroid Cycles
The amount of testosterone that a female produces is no where close to the amount produced by a male (it is only 1/10th of the amount produced by a man). In females, the adrenal glands are primarily responsible for producing Testosterone compared to the testes in men.
Females do not have to undergo post cycle therapy after completing their anabolic steroid cycles. The purpose behind the PCT is to restore the production of endogenous testosterone by the testes. Therefore, PCT is unnecessary for women.
Virilization symptoms can be avoided to a large extent by keeping the cycles small. The longer the duration of anabolic steroid use, the greater the risk and severity of virilization. Female steroid cycles should not exceed four weeks at any time. If you notice any virilization symptoms such as growth of facial or body hair, cracking of the voice, the steroid cycle should be immediately stopped.
Combinations of anabolic steroids and stacks should be strictly avoided. Stacking can cause the results to get compounded, which will lead to rapid virilization. Women should also avoid using strong anabolic steroids.
Here is a brief discussion about the anabolic steroids that are suitable for use by women, the ones that are not, and the ones that should not be used unless the situation is exigent.
Steroids for Women and What to Avoid
Anabolic steroids for women should exhibit low androgenic properties. There are many such steroids. You may know them as ‘mild’ anabolic steroids. For example Primobolan and Anavar. It is important to note that while the androgenic effects might be low, all anabolic steroids exhibit androgenic effects and only their severity differs.
Anabolic steroids with long esters should also be avoided, because they are released slowly and have a long half life. For example, Nandrolone Decanoate.
Women should also avoid using anabolic steroids that have high androgenic properties such as Trenbolone, Anadrol, Dianabol and Testosterone.
Different Categories of Anabolic Steroid Users Among Women
- Female professional bodybuilders
Like their male counterparts, female professional bodybuilders want to develop muscular physiques, far beyond what the average female will desire. They will usually be more accepting of the virilization effects that may accompany the use of anabolic steroids among women.
- Female figure/fitness competitors
Female figure/fitness competitors are not willing to go as far as female body builders, when it comes to the use of anabolic steroids. They want to retain their femininity but still achieve a lean and fit physique. They are less accepting of virilzation and would like to avoid it. They are also less likely to use strong anabolic steroids like Dianabol and Testosterone.
- Females who want to lose weight and get into shape
When an average gym going woman uses anabolic steroids, we can assume that she is trying to achieve her fitness goals faster and with more efficiency. They will not do anything that will put them at a risk for virilization. They will limit their use of anabolic steroids to the mildest ones. At any sign of virilization, they will cease using such products. The doses they take are quite low and the cycle lengths are also minimal.
More About the Anabolic Steroids That Women May Opt For
Anavar is a very mild anabolic and perfect for women who want to start a steroid cycle. Another benefit is that it has low androgenic activity. It is currently available under the trade names Oxanabol and Oxandrin. Most women who opt for Anavar, start a 5mg to 10mg dose every day for four weeks. Anavar can bring good strength gains and reasonable muscle gains. The side effects are few and of low severity.
Primobolan is quite popular among female bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids. There is almost no edema and the body does not convert it into Estrogen. Dosage for women will lie between 30mg and 50mg per day, for four weeks. Some of the side effects that you may see with Primobolan use are acne, oily skin and an increase in body or facial hair.
Winstrol or Stanozolol, is well known as a mass builder. It can also produce significant strength gains. It is also one of the few anabolic steroids that can be taken by women. Winstrol is available as injections and oral tablets. 5mg to 10mg of the oral tablets can be taken or 15mg of it can be injected, every alternate day (60mg per week) for four weeks. Some women have complained of joint pain and headaches after taking Winstrol, but it is only if the dose exceeds 25mg. If you are taking it as an oral tablet, do not forget to take a supplement like milk thistle, to protect your liver.
Equipoise or Boldenone Undecylenate is another ‘mild’ anabolic steroid. While it can produce androgenic side effects, these occur at high doses. Virilization symptoms are almost non existent, when Equipoise is taken at a low enough dose. Women can inject 50mg to 75mg of Equipoise per week for four weeks for anabolic effects.
While these are the major anabolic steroids that women use, they are not the only ones. These are basic introductory compounds and most women bodybuilders and athletes who use anabolic steroids might know about them. When preparing for a contest, women body builders may also use Clenbuterol- noted for its fat burning and anabolic properties and Cytomel (better known as T3). Cytomel is a thyroid hormone and it is used to increase metabolism, which for a female body builder or athlete can translate into fat burning.