Questions & Answers
How old should I be, before trying a cycle?
Assuming you’re a healthy male with no existing medical condition, you should wait until you’re AT LEAST 21 years old. First and foremost, young men can continue to grow and have other hormonal changes even up to 21 (and in some cases past 21), therefore to avoid potential health risk waiting until 21 is heavily advised. In our opinion, we recommend waiting even after you’re 21 years old, giving yourself adequate time to develop advanced knowledge of your body in its adult state and let yourself hit its natural peak before venturing into anabolic steroids or pro-hormones.
What is PCT?
Also known as “Post Cycle Therapy” this is the period of time immediately after the steroid/pro-hormone cycle has ended, during this time users will begin to take supplements or medication to help their body return to normal hormone production levels.
What is Gyno (Gynecomastia)?
Gyno is the development of abnormally large mammary glands in males which results in enlarged breast tissue or are sometimes referred to as man boobs or moobs. Gyno can occur from puberty, improper designer steroid/pro-hormone usage along with other various somewhat uncommon causes.
How long should I wait in between cycles?
In general, time on is equal to time off, therefore if the entire duration of your previous cycle, from start to finish (including PCT) is for example 10 weeks in length, before starting another cycle you should wait AT LEAST 10 weeks before starting another cycle. However, we recommend adding an additional 2 weeks to that figure, so in this case, it would be a total of 12 weeks before starting another cycle. It’s absolutely critical to not jump into another cycle too quickly, as it can represent a wide variety of potential health risks.
How many cycles can I run per year?
For newer or moderately experienced users, two cycles per year should be the maximum. For advanced users with relatively extensive pro-hormone or designer steroid experience, three cycles per year should be the maximum. In general, artificially influenced gains are slightly harder to maintain than natural gains, anabolic steroids and pro-hormones should be used to supplement your gains, not be the sole source of them.
I’m getting drug tested, what should I do?
Your most common drug tests (for Work/Rehab/etc) do NOT test for steroids or pro-hormones, testing for particular compounds in urine is very expensive and I’ve never heard of any company paying for them. In order for companies to detect high or low testosterone/estrogen levels, a blood test would be required. In general, the only drug testing you have to worry about is for bodybuilding or organized sports (especially at the upper levels i.e NCAA/Professional Sports).
Can women use steroids or pro-hormones?
No, and yes. If you’re a professional woman’s bodybuilder and are aware of the risks associated with usage, then yes they are effective for women. But keep in mind usage represents sharp rises in testosterone the primary male hormone, and can result in ‘manly’ features such as hair growth, voice changes, and a variety of other side effects. Women also require different dosages and cycle regimens.
Will my libido drop on cycle?
It really depends on the compound and the user, it’s a fairly unique experience some users in some cycles report increased libido, others report no increase while others report decreased libido. In general while on cycle be prepared for either a libido increase, decrease, or no significant change at all. If you’re worried about a possible decrease in libido, pick up some of NOW Sexual Virility Power and take 2-4 capsules per day which will help improve libido
Who should avoid anabolic steroids and pro-hormones?
Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition, before starting any cycle, make sure you get a check-up from your doctor to ensure you’ve got a clean bill of health. Also if your family has a history of heart disease, liver disease, and so on, you should consult with your doctor before starting any cycle.
How much will I gain on cycle?
This is an incredibly common question, unfortunately, it’s also incredibly hard to answer because there are so many variables involved (age, experience, compound, diet, etc). In general the better the diet, the more experience the lifter, and the stronger the compound, the better the gains. Gains in an oral-based cycle can range anywhere from 1 Lbs to 20 Lbs of additional mass, keep in mind that some on cycle gains will be lost in PCT, though it can be minimal (1-2lbs lost) if PCT is executed properly and lifting remains intense throughout post cycle therapy.
How much water should I drink on cycle?
Water intake on cycle is important (it’s important even off-cycle) to keep your water intake high throughout your entire cycle, we recommend one to two gallons of water per day.
Can I take ECA while on cycle?
In general, taking the popular Ephedrine and Caffeine (and in some cases Aspirin) cutting stack while on cycle isn’t recommended as the increased blood pressure from both the ephedrine/caffeine and designer steroid/pro-hormone may be too significant and create a significant health/life hazard. For those who are very experienced and are running a mild compound such as 11-OXO you can run ECA in the beginning until the 11-OXO compound kicks into full gear and when it does kick into full gear, remove the ECA.