Life is harder for female bodybuilders who want to pack on mass and build lots of muscle. Unfortunately, one of the most anabolic hormones in the body by far is testosterone and as it happens, this is also the ‘male’ hormone. Testosterone leads to increased muscle mass and fat loss but simultaneously also causes the development of secondary male sexual characteristics such as body hair, a deeper voice and more.
This means that steroids – which work by elevating testosterone – can simultaneously build more muscle in women but also cause a number of significant side effects that are far more unpleasant than they would be for men.
For these reasons, most women are recommended not to use steroids like Dianabol or Trenbolone. So what options do they have left?
One potential ‘female friendly’ steroid for women is Anavar – also known as Oxandrolone. In this article we’ll take a look at how this works, what makes it suitable for women and what you should expect.
What is Anavar? Cycle Advice
Anavar is a mild anabolic steroid that works by elevating levels of DHT – dihydrotestosterone. DHT is a more advanced form of testosterone that has more potent effects on muscle and fat loss but which can’t be converted into oestrogen and which doesn’t impact as much on the secondary sex characteristics.
What’s more, is that Oxandrolone can be taken relatively safely at low doses. Women can use 10-15mg for up to 6 weeks without it likely causing the most serious side effects. In order to enhance the effectiveness of Oxandrolone for cutting, some women will choose to stack with Clenbuterol which increases the metabolism and doesn’t impact on testosterone.
One of the main reasons that women consider using Anavar is to increase fat burning. Anavar increases anabolism which means greater fat loss and muscle hardening.
There is definitely a law of diminishing returns at play here. Women hoping to experience greater results by taking higher dosages are going to be disappointed and anything higher than 20mg a day is only likely to increase side effects. That said, some women do choose to use more and men can take doses anywhere up to 100mg.
Both men and women will experience some side effects from Anavar but women are likely to experience more of them and they will likely be more unpleasant. These side effects can include nausea, vomiting, increased or decreased libido, hair loss, acne and oily skin.
Women in particular also need to look out for their voice deepening, the appearance of extra body hair, clitoral enlargement, irregular menstruation and more. If you notice any of these side effects, then it’s highly recommended that you cease use immediately.
For those who want to avoid any side effects, there are natural alternatives. Supplements like Anvarol from Crazy Bulk are designed to work by naturally increasing the body’s own production of testosterone. This is very effective at increasing muscle mass and burning fat but doesn’t include the risks associated with elevating T too high. It’s advisable for men and even more so for men.