In the last part, we took a look at all the benefits and positives that might come from a contest prep cycle.
We know one thing for sure now – the results from using them are clear and they can really help you take your body to new heights.
Which is awesome if you want to be a better fitness competitor, but these vivid benefits are the reason that not a lot of people come into the peculiar world of steroids with their eyes wide open.
I want to show you both sides of the story. And you should know it – it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro, someone who wants to do their first show, or just someone who works out and stays fit.
Having all the information means you’ll know better when making the right choice for yourself – and that’s what I want to help you with.
In this second part, we’re going to take a look at all the bad (and sometimes scary) things that come from using such hormones to give yourself a performance advantage.
The Side Effects of Steroids for Women
As with every steroid, side effects will occur.
Let’s start it off with Clenbuterol (or Clen) – the powerful thermogenic that turns your body into a calorie burning machine. We have to keep in mind that its side effects are different than say, the more androgenic alternatives like Anavar and Winstrol.
Many women prefer it because it has no androgenic side effects. It won’t make your voice deeper or give you unpredictable mood swings, but it being classified as a stimulant alone should give you an idea.
Even though it will boost your metabolism, suppress your hunger, and help you maintain muscle, it can produce its own harmful effects related to its energizing nature.
To name a few…
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing difficulties
- Increased muscle cramps
- Trouble sleeping
Muscle cramping and hydration problems related to Clen usage can often be alleviated by supplementing with taurine and potassium. They happen because Clenbuterol acts as a beta-adrenergic agonist and depletes them both from your body.
Some of the side effects of Clen can lead to serious complications, not to mention long-term exposure will damage your heart.
These complications are the reason it’s illegal in most parts of the world (including the United States).
Keep in mind, Clen is considered a female-friendly steroid.
Then there’s drugs like Anavar, Winstrol, and Primobolan – they’re regarded and well tolerated among the fitness community for helping with fat loss and lean muscle gains, but they’re classified as androgenic.
If you’re ever planning on taking anabolic steroids, you need to understand what you’re doing with your body. Anabolic androgenic steroids are synthetically created derivatives of the male hormone testosterone.
Women using steroid stacks are inserting testosterone into themselves in order to increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, and gain that extra edge in competition.
By using such drugs a woman runs the risk of developing certain male characteristics (more on that below).
This is more widely known as virilization.
You should also be advised to not go anywhere near anabolic steroids during pregnancy, as the right hormone levels are crucial in developing a healthy fetus.
Looking at the list of most widely used female steroids, we know that three of them stand out the most.
With Anavar being the top androgenic pick for women, let’s take it as the prime example for the side effects such a steroid could have.
Keep in mind Anavar has an androgenic rating of around 20 – whereas testosterone is listed at 100. It’s among the more women friendly steroids, but its side effects are still horrible and sometimes irreversible.
That’s why only the women who use it responsibly and in proper dosage can enjoy its full benefits.
But at the end of the day – it’s still an anabolic steroid.
Some of the side-effects of Anavar (and similar steroids that are androgenic) include:
- Hormonal imbalance
With that comes acne breakouts, water retention, bloating, oily skin, unhealthy cholesterol levels, you name it.
- Menstrual Abnormalities and Infertility
In women’s bodies, testosterone is stored in the ovaries and other tissues in the reproductive system. Drugs that are based off testosterone, along with triggering hormonal shifts in women, will bring you menstrual abnormalities. You can experience more or fewer periods in erratic patterns that can even lead to a condition called amenhorrea that indicates infertility.
- Masculine Effects
Since these steroids are androgenic, they alter your body’s natural testosterone levels. Due to these properties, women can experience symptoms similar to those of a man going through puberty – like a deepening of the voice, increase in body hair growth, and developing a more masculine physique over time. Your chest can reduce in size, and just like the lowering of the vocal chords, this effect may be permanent.
- Emotional Effects
Playing with your hormone levels takes mood swings to a whole new level! Women have reported depression, anxiousness, hostility, aggression, and even a false sense of invincibility. Not to mention researches show that using steroids can lead to dependency, which wouldn’t be useful (to say the least) in a state of heightened emotional response. According to studies, over 75% of women who have taken anabolic steroids have experienced at least one negative psychological effect.
Which Steroids Are The Safest?
To answer that question, you should know that all anabolic steroids exhibit androgenic effects to a degree. How matter how ‘mild’ a particular steroid claims to be, the potential for virilization exists with every single on.
That being said, we can see that hormones that are best suited for your anabolic cycle are those that have a really low androgenic rating – or those that the fitness community ranks as ‘mild’.
The only way you can go wrong is if you go for a steroid that exhibits high androgenic strength – like anadrol, dianabol, or testosterone itself.
Aside from the competitive female bodybuilders that utilize these drugs, there are also two more types of women that do.
- 1. The fitness/bikini competitors that want to get in shape for a show.
- 2. Those who go to the gym but want to get in shape quicker.
They each have a different mindset and approach when it comes to taking these substance and different goals that they want to achieve. The lengths they’re willing to go in order to achieve those goals are different – and so are the sacrifices that they’re making.
If a competitor believes that this drug will help them achieve this goal, it’s their individual decision and responsibility – and in the bodybuilding scene it’s often “everything goes”. The women who go the extra mile do achieve their personal goal.
It’s clear that physique competitors or women training to stay fit desire a more feminine, sexy look, and would back off immediately at the first sight of symptoms of verilization. They keep their doses low and cycles short, and they also achieve their personal goal.
Both sides of the story are completely understandable from each person’s point of view.
It’s up to the individual to decide for themselves how they’re going to use this tool – but no matter who you are, you have to know using this tool is no walk in the park.
Anabolic steroids can be a powerful tool, or a really bad experience. You have to make sure you know where you’re going when you’re starting. You have to set clear goals and have clear expectations based on where you’re at right now. Steroids can have a nasty and irreversible effect on you if you’re blindly going in to the world of contest prep. One thing I can say from experience, is that it never hurts to have someone guide you through your process – from start to finish. You have to make sure that someone is understanding and supportive of your goals. Only by using these anabolic steroids responsibly and in moderation will you see a positive effect in the long-run – one that will leave you with a positive experience for the rest of your life and show you what your body is capable of.