A guide for those who want to use anabolic steroids, but I don't know much about them. Before you take certain risks, it is good to know what you're in for.
Below are common questions asked by those who have never used steroids, and are thinking about doing it, but first they want to find out what they are and how they act. Although nothing is beaten in the stone, the answers should bring some light, and educate those who really want to know what their body is exposed to.
What are steroids?
Steroids are synthetic derivatives of the main male hormone, testosterone. In short, testosterone has the ability to increase muscle mass and strength. Specifically, the steroids we are talking about bear the full name of anabolic and androgenic steroids.
Anabolic and androgenic steroids cause anabolism by increasing protein synthesis in muscle cells, and they also have androgenic properties, which cause the appearance or utterance of male characteristics.
Testosterone also aromatizes, through the interaction with the aromatase enzyme, which leads to its conversion into the female hormone, called estrogen. Excess estrogen can have unwanted side effects such as water retention, fat accumulation and gynecomastia, which will be explained in more detail later in the article.
The side effects mentioned above are dependent on the steroid used. Each has different anabolic and androgenic properties, and different flavoring capabilities, some steroids not being able to flavor in any form.
The steroids to be used depend on the purpose pursued and the risk that each is taken to assume, in relation to the possible side effects. Considering these criteria you can find the steroid that is best for you, including the method of administration, the doses and the effects it can have on the body.
For most beginners, oral steroids are the most appealing. Those lead to infections and pain, so many beginners avoid them. The decision to use steroids should not be treated lightly, and avoiding injectable steroids because you are afraid of them seems silly. Injectable steroids are often less demanding for the body, and the oral ones are 17-alpha alkylated, meaning they are structurally modified to survive the passage through the liver. This puts a lot of stress on the liver, which is why most oral steroids are hepatotoxic. Therefore, the doses and the period of use of oral steroids are lower than those injectable. And too much injectable steroids can cause damage to the kidneys and even the liver, but this is already within the scope of steroid abuse, not rational and moderate use.
To protect the liver, especially when using oral steroids, silymarin, or other products with hepatoprotective role, such as ALA or Liv-52, are used. Oral steroid administration is also more frequent, due to the shorter half-life; so the administration is done daily, to stabilize the respective steroid levels in the blood.
Injectable steroids are usually given with a much lower frequency, as oil-based steroids remain active in the blood for long periods of time. In contrast, water-based steroids should be administered daily for optimal plasma concentration. To read more detailed information about each steroid you are interested in, visit the Steroid Profiles section. There are also natural alternatives to anabolic steroids. They are not as effective, but given that they do not come with side effects, they may be worth the compromise.
As a general rule, visible and long-lasting results are obtained with injectable steroids, the oral ones being used to complete a cycle. One reason many beginners get on the bar when they first use steroids, besides the lack of sufficient information, is the exclusive use of oral steroids.
Gluteus maximus, also known as the "back part", is the most commonly used area. It is a large, thick muscle, and without many blood vessels. It is the ideal area for a beginner. The injections are made intramuscularly, ie in the muscles. Do not inject into the vein; it can lead to serious health complications and even death!
The use of appropriate injection methods can prevent complications, such as abscess.
Age does matter? I'm ready?
The use of anabolic and androgenic steroids can cause premature closure of cartilages, if those who use them are not fully developed. In popular terms, it means that there is a risk of not growing in height.
An equally bad idea is to use steroids when the endocrine system is in development. External interventions can overwhelm you, and the effects can be very long-term. For these reasons it would be wise not to take steroids unless you are 21-22 years old.
Before switching to steroids, learn to eat, train and rest. And up to steroids there are plenty of natural sports supplements that can help.
Do I have to eat or train differently when taking steroids?
If you decide to use steroids, you must already be experienced at a level that allows you to know how to train properly, and what proper nutrition means, whether you are on steroids or not. It will also depend on the purpose pursued.
The caloric intake must be high during the period following the cycle, in order to prevent catabolism. It is not recommended that
What is ester?
The esters are the carbon chains attached to the steroids to slow the spread rate in the body from the injection site. Shorter chain esters will require more frequent injections than long chain esters. An example of a short ester is propionate, which is injected every two or three days. Long esters, such as enanthate, can maintain stable concentrations of steroids in the blood for up to a few weeks, but for sports purposes, administration is done twice a week.
Most beginners will choose preparations similar to the enanthate, in order to have a smaller total volume of injections. 500 mg / week of testosterone enanthate, divided into two injections of 250 mg each (Monday and Thursday), will bring decent results to a beginner.
The advantage of shorter esters is that blood steroid levels will drop rapidly after cessation of administration. It is beneficial when sudden side effects occur, and their rapid disappearance is desired.
The time of day when you do the injection does not matter, with most steroids. The difference of several hours daily, has no impact, when it comes to esterified steroids. Many prefer to take the injection in the morning, because the activity during the day will dissipate the oil better in the muscles, thus resulting in less discomfort. A hot bath or shower, as well as easy massage of the injection site, also help.
Most oral steroids have small half-lives, so splitting the dose into several mini-doses a day is a good practice. For example, in the case of Danabol it may be from 4 to 4 hours, and in the case of Anavar twice a day. Oral administration during meals is recommended to prevent gastric discomfort.
What is anti-estrogen?
There are drugs that fight estrogen (as the name suggests), used to prevent side effects caused by it. As many steroids convert to estrogen, it may result in the presence of too much of this hormone in the body. Estrogen is the main female hormone, so its effects are not desirable for an athlete: fat accumulation, subcutaneous water requirements and gynecomastia.
We have drugs such as Nolvadex (tamoxifen), which compete with estrogen for receptors, thus blocking its action. But it does not reduce the estrogen present in the body; it only temporarily blocks its effects. There are also preparations such as Proviron or Arimidex, which effectively reduce estrogen levels.
A certain amount of estrogen is needed, only when it increases too much side effects appear. It can be concluded that antiestrogens should only be used when the user begins to notice signs of estrogen side effects, if the type of steroid used and the duration of the cycle require it or the user is prone to such adverse effects.
Some steroids are not flavored at all, so the use of anti-estrogens if only such steroids are used is not necessary. The need for post-cycle therapy is always present
As you probably expect, I can't give an exact answer. Doses, steroids used, cycle duration, individual reaction, lifestyle, nutrition, training, experience with steroids and genetic factors will all play a role in the end result. All we can do is maximize the result through the effective and safe use of steroids, through effective training, proper diet and sufficient rest.
There are people with no significant change even after using strong steroids, as can be the case with a natural supplement, for example. What works or does not work for someone does not mean that it will have the same effects on everyone. Never take a supplement (be it legal or steroid) just because it worked for a friend or acquaintance.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the formation of glandular tissue under the breast, as a result of an excessive presence of estrogen in the body. In other words, breast augmentation in men. The first symptoms may include itching of the nipples, their fluffy appearance and the formation of small knots. When such symptoms occur, anti-estrogen administration should be started. Once the gynecomastia is finally settled it can only be removed surgically.
Will I have acne from steroids?
Acne is a common adrogenic side effect, so the answer for the large proportion of users will be yes. Some preparations are more prone to cause acne, the sensitive ones avoiding such steroids.
Benzoyl peroxide antibacterial creams can be used to help cure acne. If the situation worsens, a visit to a dermatologist is recommended, and sometimes antibiotics help.
Some may choose to use the powerful Roaccutane drug, which reduces the activity of the sebaceous glands, producing sebum oil, thus treating root root disease. However, this medicine is a very powerful one, with many possible side effects, and should not be taken by the ear. Mental disorders or suicides have also been reported! And its beneficial effects appear after prolonged use (several months). Also on our site you will find an article about acne caused by steroids.
The use of strong androgens will increase the libido for most users. If some steroids cause a decrease in libido, the use of Proviron may remedy the situation, in some cases. There are also steroids that cause erectile dysfunction on other pathways, such as Deca-durabolin, Trenbolone and sometimes Oxandrolone. The safest thing is that a form of testosterone (enanthate, cypionate, propionate, etc.) is not missing from a cycle. It will provide the androgen base to avoid such inconvenience.
Can I buy steroids from pharmacies or online?
Steroids are controlled substances, and are sold only on prescription.
On the Internet there are a lot of sites selling steroids Unfortunately, most of the steroids marketed are fake or produced by underground laboratories, where quality and hygiene are not always good. And counterfeit or manufactured steroids under precarious conditions come with an additional list of side effects.
PCT, or post-cycle therapy, involves the use of drugs after steroid treatment has been completed to help restore testosterone production. Thus, catabolism will be diminished and muscle mass accumulated during the cycle will not be lost.
Nolvadex and Clomid are usually used