What are Anabolic Steroids?
Anabolic steroids is the name recognized by most people for classifying synthetic testosterone and its derivatives. However, the proper term for these compounds is actually anabolic-androgenic steroids, which is usually abbreviated as AAS or steroids. As the name suggests, AAS have two different, but overlapping effects: anabolic effects that promote cell growth (anabolism), and androgenic effects that increase male sexual characteristics (virilization).
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What are the uses of AAS?
AAS are used in the medical field to treat muscle-wasting diseases, such as cancer and AIDS, as well as conditions resulting from hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty. Interestingly, steroids are even more popular among athletes and bodybuilders, who use them to enhance performance and improve their physical appearance.
What are the effects of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids?
The anabolic effects of AAS include increased protein synthesis, appetite, bone remodeling, and an enhanced production of red blood cells. The biggest benefit to the physique of an athlete is the boost in protein synthesis that anabolic steroids cause, leading to growth in size and strength of skeletal muscles.
On the other hand, the androgenic effects that steroids can cause include pubertal growth, increased sebaceous gland oil production, and an increase of male sexual characteristics. For instance, some specific examples of androgenic effects are growth of the clitoris in females and the penis in male children (the adult penis size does not change due to steroids), increased vocal cord size, increased libido, suppression of natural sex hormones, and impaired sperm production.
Why do different types of steroids work differently?
As mentioned above, every steroid has both androgenic and anabolic properties. The androgenic to anabolic ratio of an AAS is an important factor in determining the application of the drug and the effects it will have. The scale is based on testosterone, which has an androgenic-anabolic ratio of 100:100. Animal studies are typically used to determine the androgenic-anabolic ratio of AAS. A table listing the anabolic and androgenic ratio of common steroids is included at the end of the article as Appendix A.
Androgenic side effects
It is important to remember that even steroids with a low androgenic value (such as anavar, winstrol and turinabol) still have some androgenic properties. In fact, the AIDS epidemic has led to extensive research meant to produce a completely anabolic steroid (all anabolic, no androgenic properties), but so far the research has been unsuccessful. Therefore, a completely anabolic steroid would be a ground breaking advancement in treating patients with AIDS because they would get the increased protein synthesis benefits of the drugs without any of the androgenic side effects. This is something to keep in mind, especially for women, since regardless of what compound you use, there will be androgenic side effects associated. Thus, the androgenic side effects are the most significant for women, and they include deepening of the voice, facial hair growth, enlargement of the clitoris, and possibly a decrease in breast size. Side effects for men will be much less significant, and can include acne on chest and shoulders, testicular atrophy, and a reduced sperm count.
How should women use steroids?
I personally do not recommend AAS for females unless they are competing at the national level. There is no denying to the strength, muscle hardness and fullness from AAS usage. Nevertheless, the side effects in women are significant, and it is only a matter of time before they become very prominent. Moreover, the virilization effects caused by AAS use will be permanent and most women end up regretting their steroid usage, as the masculine changes to their body stay even after the muscle is long gone.
What can females use as an alternative to steroids?
An alternative, I recommend females use selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMS). SARMS are completely anabolic substances, so there will be no androgenic side effects. What's more, SARMS do not aromatize into estrogen and are completely legal to use. Besides, in spite of the fact that they are taken orally, SARMS are non-liver toxic and do not require injections. Even though they are not nearly as strong as AAS, SARMS will still provide significant benefits with much less side effects then AAS.
SARMS Cycle for Women
|Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate)||37||120|
|Nandrolone phenylpropionate (NPP)||35||120|
|Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate)||50||100|
|Masteron (Drostanolone Propionate)||20-45||60-130|
NOTE: The androgenic property is likely more than 0, but data is limited.
|Parabolan (Tren Hexahydrobenzycarbonate)||500||1000|
|Primobolan (Methenolone Acetate)||40-55||80-90|
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