Anavar, popularly known by the drug name Oxandrolone, is a legal anabolic steroid that has gained a raging popularity in recent years. Initially developed in Searle Laboratories in the early 1960s to treat various ailments, Oxandrolone would later bring a breakthrough in the world of bodybuilding, sports, and recreational users in helping to increase strength, harden their physique and dissolve body fats.
Oxandrolone hit the headlines some years back after a national magazine gave it the highest rating in regard to benefit- risk ratio. Today, this oral administered drug remains one of the safest (if not the safest) steroids in the market. It is good to note that Anavar is one of the few legal steroids, thus requires no doctor’s prescription. Some of the benefits of Anavar cycle include:
- Useful for Women
Women are limited to the types of steroids they use due to their physiology. As one of the most tolerated steroids in women, Anavar cycle has rightly gained the name ‘The Girl Steroid’. One of the most desirable aspects is that women can gain results in low doses, thus saving their budget. If you are a new user, a dosage of between 5mg and 10 mg per day will work for you. For advanced users, 15-20 mg would be sufficient.
- No Virilization
Most females fear using anabolic steroids because of virilization (development of male sex characteristics). Oxandrolone does not lead to the production of excess testosterone, which means that as a lady, you can expect to use it to achieve lean muscle mass with less worry of developing male sex characteristics if you plan your Anavar cycle in a responsible manner.
- No Aromatization
Not only in women. Anavar cycle is effective in men who are in dieting phase to preserve lean tissues while on a calorie restricted diet. The possible downside is that men will require larger dosages, typically 50-80 mg per day to achieve tangible results. The high dosages may not at times be pocket-friendly and may necessitate a Post- Cycle Therapy (PST) in men.
The benefit of using it in men is that it doesn’t amortize (convert estrogen) so you can use it with less worry about estrogen related side effects such as water retention and gynecomastia. What this means is that Anavar cycle helps you to increase strength and achieve other benefits without you needing a bra afterward.
- No PST in Women
Unlike men, women don’t need post cycle therapy. What you need to do is to taper down at the end of the cycle and eat clean two weeks after the cycle to help your body deal with the shock of coming off the drug.
- Healing Properties
The healing properties of Anavar cannot be overlooked. The drug was originally used to treat various ailments including burn victims. To verify, one study was carried out where patients with 40% burn were selected and treated with standard burn care with Anavar and without Anavar. The results showed that those treated with Anavar healed quickly preserved their body mass and improved their body composition.
- Strong Bones
Anavar was originally used to treat osteoporosis. Therefore, it is not a big wonder for the drug to help you achieve stronger bones. When AIDS pandemic began in 1980s, doctors were using it together with other medications to deal with muscle wasting. What is interesting is that, you achieve results fast, typically within the first 8 weeks.
- Fat Loss
When combined with proper diet, you can expect to lose fat faster while maintaining a lean muscle mass. Studies have shown that you can lose fats with anavar alone without exercise. Anavar can help you lose visceral fats in the stomach when combined with moderate exercise- a big plus for women wanting to maintain a perfect shape.
- Fast Results
You can expect fast results. You experience results within the first or two weeks of use. The steroid offers impressive results within a short period and the gains won’t disappear after a few weeks provided you do a proper post cycle therapy. This is in contrast to many steroids with brief results…….., more
- Breaks the Stagnation
There is a genetic limit to the amount of muscles that your body can support. Once reached, you cannot harden your muscles further, at least naturally. Even the most highly trained body builders reach their genetic limit/ stagnation/plateau. The good news is that you can count on Anavar to boost your muscles beyond genetic limit.
- Hardened Physique
Anavar cycle does not retain water, leading to a hardened physique after coming off a cycle. Besides, it helps you to recover from workouts faster and makes it possible for you to workout the same body part multiple times a week.
You derive the benefits only when you take the right dose. The appropriate dose depends on the goals you have; whether it is bulking, burning fats, cutting e.t.c. It also depends on your gender. Most men won’t achieve results no matter the dosage without stacking with other drugs. The case is different for women, who can derive the benefits on anavar alone.
For men, the ideal dosage would be 30 mg daily as a beginner for the first week and increasing the dosage on second week if you want to bulk up. There are not set rules for increasing the dose. However, it is important to note that the maximum dosage for men is 100 mg daily. So, you can start with 30mg, increase by 15 mg every two weeks so that by week seven you would consuming 90 mg.
Since the half life of anavar is 8 weeks, by week eight you would have bulked up. The ideal dosage for women looking to lose weight is 2.5 mg as a beginner, then doubling the dosage after every two weeks so that by week eight, the dosage would be 10 mg. The steroid should be taken twice a day, preferably in the morning and in the evening.
As noted earlier, Anavar does not convert to estrogen thus protecting you from estrogen related side effects. Apart from this, it has minimal effect on blood pressure and almost negligible effect on the liver when taken on lower doses (unlike some oral steroids). Interestingly, anavar cycle is prescribed to patients with alcoholic hepatitis and liver damage.
It is, therefore, quite understandable why the drug was ranked as the safest steroid. However, just like any other drug, anavar has got some side effects. Some of the side effects include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, oily skin, headache, decreased/increased sexual interest and acne. Most of these side effects depend on genetic disposition.
While most people using the steroid won’t have serious side effects, it is best to consult your doctor immediately if they become severe.