It’s a long standing favourite amongst athletes, bodybuilders, and other competitors. Stanozolol is also a very successful drug in the medical community, and many physicians still use it for medicinal purposes to this very day. Whether it’s muscle-wasting or burn victims, a lot of people like it because of what it can do to help people medically by adding lean muscle mass to an indivisula with a weight loss disease or condition.
Stanozolol Properties and Actions:
Stanozolol is basically a modified DHT (dihydrotestosterone) molecule. It’s almost exactly the same, but there are a few changes made to it so it’s not exactly the same. By modifying pyrazol, and keto group, it creates a totally new anabolic compound.
The structural changes that occur in the DHT molecule that give us Stanozolol reduce the ability of androgenicity to a tremendous degree, and it also improves its ability to be anabolic. Stanozolol also is tremendously anabolic with over a 320 level of anabolism and its androgenic rating of 20 is very low. This allows it for really practical use with minimal negative side effects in terms of its emotional impact. The functions and traits of the compound are unique and varied, so it’s best to examine them with greater depth.
Lower Levels of SHBG
The substance sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in your body determines just how much usable testosterone you have. SHBG is one of the primary reasons that you have testosterone in your body that happens to be free or bound. So if you have higher levels of it, you can’t use as much testosterone as you’d want to. When you lower SHBG, you can use more testosterone. This is very important when it comes to Stanozolol because by taking it, we can dramatically increase how much testosterone we use, thereby resulting in greater androgenicity and anabolism.
Increase Protein Synthesis
By absorbing proteins better, otherwise known as muscle protein synthesis, we can build more muscle tissue faster. This compound allows you to do that. With Stanozolol, we have a much greater rate of muscle protein synthesis, which means it allows us to build protein in our cells as greater rates than ever before.
Our muscle tissue is made up of about 16-percent nitrogen and when you have higher levels that aren’t retained, we go into a muscle wasting state, otherwise known as catabolism. Higher levels of nitrogen retention mean that we can build a lot more muscle and ward of hormones that eat into lean muscle tissue.
Red Blood Cells
Red blood cells are what carries our oxygen through our blood. With Stanozolol, you’ll have an increase in red blood cells resulting in tremendously greater oxygen, and that will ensure there is enhanced muscular endurance.
With Glucocorticoids (our stress hormones) they are often called the muscle wasting hormones because when they are secreted, we are typically in states that will not promote superior muscle growth. Rather than helpful things, they will only cause mental stress and reduce overall success. The compound will work to remove them. It will not completely get rid of them because you do need them for some essential functions, but too many of them can cause the unfavourable side effects we just mentioned.
Effects of Stanozolol:
Stanozolol is not an anabolic compound that a lot of people would think of as the traditional lean bulking steroid despite it being used by a lot of users to deal with muscle wasting diseases. For most athletes that are looking to get big, this is not the ideal drug. Most athletes will use it as an off-season bulking agent and because it can strongly reduce SHBG, allowing other hormones to be very effective, but remember, this isn’t very smart to do in practice. In theory, sure, it can work, but it won’t be great for your body. Stanozolol is not the most dangerous drug on the planet, but it’s not the most side-effect friendly. This is definitely best used by itself because it will provide users with the most advantages without the unnecessary baggage that some compounds can typically bring to the table.
Note: Females in the off-season can use it more effectively than males in the off-season. This is because women are more sensitive to the hormone and will definitely see more results than guys. However, there are better compounds than Winstrol to use in the offseason, so it’s better to save for different points in time.
It’s not easy to say whether or not cutting or athletic purposes are the best ways to use Stanozolol because it can truthfully be used for either one. This is a drug that tremendously increase strength and with minimal weight gain. This makes it really great for athletes, and strength doesn’t just mean pure power. It means power and speed, and when it comes to athletes, this is primarily what they need from a compound. Stanozolol is also capable of having a positive impact on tendons and bones, meaning that bone strength and tendon strength can see significant improvements. However, there are some people who complain that they have achy joints when using Stanozolol and many people claim that people who do any explosive sports shouldn’t take it for this reason. However, if you train properly, eat properly, and supplement and plan accordingly, this is a drug that can be used without any of the aforementioned problems. If those problems were really that prevalent with this compound, it would not be used by major athletes all over the planet throughout recent history.
Note: The joint pain that most people attribute to this drug is commonly told by those who use it when cutting. Most specifically bodybuilders physique competitors. When people are extremely lean and dry, it’s not unheard of for joints to experience pain as a result of tension. This is especially true when users are training very hard. Most bodybuilders and some athletes will stack Nandrolone with Stanozolol to deal with the problem of achy joints during this period of time, so this is an example of a practical stack with Winstrol and other compounds.
The last thing to mention is cutting by itself. The compound can really help achieve a chiseled look. This look will not appear if you’re not already relatively low in body fat, but it will make a lean physique look a lot better than before. It’s also fantastic at preserving strength and when you diet, that is something that is typically lost. Intense dieting is also found with a very low caloric intake that will often result in a loss of strength and Stanozolol can help reduce the significance of this loss. It’s also an awesome compound for saving lean mass that you typically lose for the same reasons that an individual would lose strength. There is no one that can say whether or not Stanozolol is the best because it’s usually anecdotal, but there is a reason so many people swear by its use in their cutting stacks.
Side Effects of Stanozolol:
This is not what we would call a very dangerous anabolic steroid in terms of its side effects, but it has to be known that it can promote a few very negative reactions if you’re not careful when using it. Many of these side effects are linked to individual genetic variations and genetic responses. This is true across the board with non-steroidal compounds as well. But for you to better understand the side effects of this compound, we have broken down what you need to know about it neat little boxes for your reading pleasure.
Estrogenic Side Effects
It is impossible to have any estrogenic effects with this compound as it does not aromatize and it is not a progestin. Don’t look for water retention or any gynecomastia if you take this substance, and if it does happen, it means you weren’t taking real Stanozolol in the first place. Stanozolol can actually reduce the chances of estorgenic side effects as DHT is a powerful inhibitor of estrogen in humans.
Androgenic Side Effects
How many androgenic side effects you experience is highly dependent on your own genetics. It’s not secret among those that use it that Stanozolol can promote hair loss, but it can only do so in men that are already genetically predisposed to this happening. If you are someone who is not genetically predisposed, you will be fine and have nothing to worry about. If you are something that is predisposed, you were most likely going to lose the hair at some point anyway, but the use of Stanozolol may expedite this process. Acne is another possible outcome of the compound, but it’s typically only found in those that are already acne prone, to begin with. There are other exceptions, but they are so few and far between that it’s not worth mentioning. If this is a problem that someone is trying to avoid, the best option is to stay as clean and dry as possible. When you sweat, you have to take a shower as soon as possible or at least change into a clean, dry shirt and shower whenever possible. These are the best ways to mitigate those side effects.
Using Inhibitors to combat the androgenic effects, for example Finasteride, will not work with this compound. Others like those work by preventing the reduction of testosterone into DHT. But with Stanozolol, it is already converted to DHT, which means that there is absolutely no reduction for anything to inhibit. It is a common myth 5-alpha reducatse inhibitors will lower the DHT related side effects of Winstrol and other steroids like Masteron, Primobolan and Anavar.
Women also have be aware that the drug can result in androgenic symptoms that make them more like men. An enlarged clitoris, deeper voice, and body hair are some unfavourable side effects. There are a few women that can use low doses without any problems, but we would not call this a drug that’s friendly for females, but it isn’t the worst for them. If you do use this compound and the aforementioned symptoms occur, you need to stop immediately or those effects could be permanent.
Cardiovascular Side Effects of Stanozolol
The cardiovascular side effects of this compound are most likely associated with the greatest risk when using it. Regardless of whether you plan to use the injectable or oral kind, be ware that your good cholesterol (HDL) can go down, and your bad cholesterol (LDL) can be up. This is very important to keep in mind, because if you’re sensitive to these issues, you’ll notice them on Stanozolol. But either way, they’re both C17-aa steroids, meaning that the strain on your cardiovascular system is just as intense whether you choose to inject or take it orally.
Stanozolol can be used without really bad strain on the cardiovascular system, but it should not be used if you already have a lot of cardiovascular issues to begin with. You have to really stay on top of your cardiovascular issues and monitor them as much as possible to ensure there are no further problems that develop. The best way to prevent these issues is by ensuring you have a lot of healthy fatty acids in your body and try and keep the sugar and junk food consumption to a minimum. If you’re someone who is very active and athletic, you should be doing this anyway, because with or without drugs, your cardiovascular health is very important. It’s also very important to regularly engage in cardiovascular activity. If you’re incapable of doing any of this, you should not use this steroid, period. When taking it, it’s not a bad idea to take some sort of antioxidant supplement, either.
The use of this compound will cause testosterone inhibition, which is the suppression of your natural testosterone production if you’re a man. If you plan to use it, make sure you have exogenous testosterone on hand, otherwise, you’re going to experience low testosterone levels and related side effects. What form of testosterone you choose to use is of no significance, just make sure it’s testosterone based. An example would be Testosterone Propionate injected every other day at 100mg.
Once you’ve stopped using Stanozolol, make sure that any and all anabolic compounds have gotten out of your system so that endogenous testosterone can begin once again. This is something that isn’t going to happen overnight, but it is recommended that if you choose PCT (post cycle therapy) that you pick a plan and use it. Don’t expect any miracles to be worked by the PCT plan by itself, but it should be something that helps you get to your goal in a quicker speed than without it. This is something that will take a few months, but a good PCT protocol will ensure that process is speedier and has a greater chance of recovery. An example of a good PCT is using Tamoxifen 20mg per day for 6 weeks combined with Clomid 25mg per day. Both drugs are orally administered.
Liver Toxicity of Stanozolol
Winstrol and 17-aa anabolic steroids are all tremendously toxic on the liver. This is one of the harshest drugs on the liver, and it is way more toxic than Oxandrolone (Anavar), but a little less toxic than Methandrostenolone (Dianabol)
Using this compound, your liver enzymes will increase (AST/ALT). Increased levels of enzymes are an indicator that there is liver stress occurring in the body. This is something that will hold equally true whether you choose the oral or injectable method of this compound. Injectable Stanozolol is one of the few injectable compounds that are hepatotoxic. If you do choose to use this compound, make sure that the following program is followed.
- Make sure that if you have any existing liver issues, DO NOT take this compound.
- If you do take it, make sure that you reduce your level of alcohol consumption to almost zero or as little as possible.
- Do not take over the counter pain meds or anything of the sort as many of them are hepatotoxic.
- Do not use the compound for any time period greater than 6-8 weeks. Do not use it again until your liver enzymes are back to a normal level.
- Use a supplement that’s designed to clean out your liver. These are commonly found on a lot of research chemical labs and a lot of over-the-counter bodybuilding companies sell them as well.
Administration of Stanozolol:
If you’re using it for the benefit of your health, you’ll want to stick with 2mg doses but no more than three times a day if you’re a guy. If you’re a female, you’ll want to stick with 2mg doses, but if you can handle the compound without the androgenic side effects, you can go up to 6 mg. If someone wants to do it the injectable way, they will have to give 50mg injections nor more than three times a week for both males and females.
For those using them for athletic or physique purposes 25-50mg every other day will do the trick. Bodybuilders will do 50mg. These cycles won’t last more than 1-2 weeks before a comp, however. Higher doses that go beyond this timeframe will only result in severe liver strain.
5mg orally is the most common dose of Stanozolol for women. 5mg is best for most women, and some might see a need for a 10mg per day if they can keep the virilization under control. If you’re injecting it as a woman 20mg 3-4 days a week is fine. Whether you do it orally or injectable, it doesn’t matter as again, the hepatotoxicity is the same either way