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.Dianabol
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.