Anavar For Women
Anavar – As more women become inclined to take their bodies to the next level, a point is reached when diligence and hard work seem to not be yielding the results they once did. This is usually the time when women may start considering the use of anabolic steroids (or more specifically anabolic-androgenic steroids AAS), but typically dismiss the idea for fear of “messing” with the wrong hormones.
While this fear is justifiable, not all anabolics are considered equal. In fact, it can be argued that Anavar was discovered and popularized for the benefit of women in fitness everywhere. So, the big question is, should you consider it?
Commonly known by its generic name Oxandrolone, Anavar can be considered the perfect female steroid. Men, owing to significantly higher endogenous testosterone levels, require potent anabolics that can facilitate muscle protein synthesis (lean mass accrual) at a rate faster than their body normally can, but in women it’s an entirely different ballgame.
Anavar is considered weak by standards if men attempt to use it for hypertrophy, since the perfect steroid should have a high anabolic and fairly high androgenic ratio.
For comparison, let’s consider testosterone, which has the gold-standard rating of 100/100 (anabolic to androgenic rating). Anavar, on the other hand, has an anabolic rating of 322-630, but an androgenic rating of just 24. This means that women that use Anavar will experience an amplified rate of muscle accrual, but not much in terms of androgenic effects (this is not desirable in women anyway). It is also important to note that Anavar is not more anabolic than testosterone in real life, these are just theoretical values that do not correspond exactly.
Not to mention the fact that being an orally consumable steroid is a huge plus in the eyes of many women that would be uncomfortable with weekly (or more often) administration by intramuscular injection.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Anavar can do for you. Let’s check out what other significant benefits it can offer.
The way Anavar helps women lose weight is not well understood by many who use it, but for the most part it comes down to two things:
Suppression Of Cortisol
Anabolic steroids all impair glucocorticoids, of which cortisol is the most popular. Cortisol plays a significant role in the accumulation and retention of fat mass, especially in areas of the body such as the midsection and thighs.
By reducing cortisol’s actions, you limit the fat retaining properties it possesses. Combined with regular exercise, more free fatty acids will be used to produce energy.
Ahh good old insulin, the friendly hormone that can help push glucose and amino acids into muscles after a workout, right? While this is true, Insulin is not all that friendly. At its core, insulin is one of the body’s primary “storage” hormones, since its key role is to facilitate uptake and storage of nutrients.
Think of glucose for a moment; upon entry into blood, insulin helps transport it to muscle cells where it might be needed, or in abundance, to longer term storage as muscle or liver glycogen. These glycogen stores are recruited when the body needs more glucose than is immediately available.
But the size of these glycogen stores are finite, so what happens to excess glucose consumed at a sitting? Does the body just pass it out in urine? Nope. Instead, excess glucose is converted into fatty acids and pushed into fat cells for longer term storage.
Not the ideal scenario by a long shot.
While insulin levels are high, the body all but shuts down fat burning (lipolysis), as biochemical indicators signal that there is no need for fat. This is very bad for physique athletes.
Anavar, by virtue of its ability to modulate insulin release will minimize the resulting insulin spike and the degree to which fat loss is impaired. Controlling insulin spikes sums up why low carb diets work like gangbusters, in addition to forcing the utilization of fat for energy, of course.
Low Risk Of Adverse Effects
We get it. One of the scariest things women think about when anabolics come to mind is suddenly being able to out lift your (natty) guy, become a werewolf-esque beast or mess up your feminine mystique.
However, Anavar, when taken at sensible doses is not rife with adverse effects. Its safety is owed mainly to its low androgenic potential. Androgens and women do not mix well. Androgenic effects are what give men their characteristic traits, such as thicker body hair, a deeper voice, and maintenance of sexual characteristics.
None of these are (usually) desirable in women, as the goal is to have a fit, yet shapely body accented with curves. Side-effects are still possible, but are rather mild.
When using Anavar, you may encounter the following:
- Decreased Libido- again, not really a big issue for women, as men are much more likely to see this from suppression of natural testosterone production. Women have very little testosterone to begin with.
- Hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) – this won’t affect you as long as you receive a clean bill of health prior to starting a cycle of Anavar. Being an oral steroid, like most other orals, it needed to undergo certain chemical modifications in order to survive not being broken down by the liver before entering blood.
This modification, known as C-17 methylation, is known to “stress” the liver a bit, by virtue of elevated liver enzyme manifestations. If you’re still worried, consumption of liver support remedies such as Silymarin (Milk Thistle) can give you further peace of mind.
Anavar Cycle And Dose
Before embarking on a cycle, identify your goals. Is it primarily to gain muscle, or to reduce body fat? The actual dosage consumed varies, so it is important to know what you want.
For instance, if this is your first cycle ever, chances are you won’t need more than 10mg daily for lean mass accrual, and about 5mg for fat reduction.
More seasoned athletes may manage to go up to 20mg per day, but it is important to realize that more is not always better, especially since the appearance of side effects and dreaded masculinizing symptoms (virilization) become more apparent the higher you go.
Cycle lengths in the vicinity of 6 weeks works best for most women, though 8 weeks should be the maximum undertaken. Following each successful cycle, a break equal to the time on-cycle should be taken (so 6 weeks off if you just completed a 6 week cycle).
Women do not need to worry themselves with PCT (post cycle therapy), since the goal of such treatment is to restart natural testosterone production (in men).
Anavar is a match made in heaven for women who use it judiciously. The adverse effects that typically are problematic for men are absent when consumed by women, and its anabolic potency is more than enough to elicit significantly hypertrophy to take your body to the next level.
Of course, diet should remain your bedrock- increasing protein to accommodate increased muscle synthesis, getting enough sleep and avoiding alcohol like the plague (since anabolics and alcohol cause severe liver stress).