Side Effects of Stanozolol in Women: Why Women Should Avoid Winstrol
Getting in shape for the beach or an amateur bodybuilding competition takes a lot of work. In order to achieve your goal, you need to keep a close eye on your diet and train hard. Even then, it seems like it takes ages to get in shape. If you are impatient like some women are you may look for a shortcut.
Some women may consider taking anabolic steroids to speed up the process, unfortunately, steroids can cause more harm than good.
One common steroid women will use is something called Stanozolol, better known as Winstrol.
What is Stanozolol (Winstrol)?
Stanozolol is a synthetic derivative of the steroid testosterone, it has both anabolic and androgenic properties. It was first introduced into the market around 1950 by Winthrop laboratories under the trade name Winstrol. In Europe, it was sold by Bayer under the name Stromba.
Stanozolol has been used to treat different medical conditions such as vascular disorders, angioedema, muscle wasting disease, and osteoporosis.
Other medical uses of stanozolol include:
- Speed up the healing of bone fractures
- Treating obesity
- Treat physical development in young children
- Treatment of breast cancer in women
Stanolozol is a DHT based anabolic steroid with lower than normal androgenic properties but this does not mean women can use it without side effects.
Stanozolol is available in injectable and oral tablets.
Stanozolol as a Cutting Steroid?
Stanozolol (Winstrol) is a popular steroid used during cutting cycles but is generally used by women who are already at a low body fat percentage. The sole purpose of stanozolol is to help eliminate the last few pounds of stubborn body fat.
Benefits of stanozolol
There are many benefits from using stanozolol but most of them apply to men, while they will deliver similar results for women they will also cause virilization due to the androgenic effects of the steroid.
Virilization is a symptom that causes women to begin to develop male physical characteristics
One of the biggest benefits of stanozolol is its ability to improve athletic performance and increase strength.
Other benefits of Winstrol include:
Increase protein synthesis: Stanozolol helps (speed it up) making it easier to gain muscle. Which in this case this is more of a benefit for men than it is for women.
Increase nitrogen retention: muscle thrive on nitrogen the more you have the easier it is to gain lean muscle.
Increase red blood cell count: Red blood cells are responsible for increasing oxygen within the blood this translates into increased muscular endurance and better athletic performance.
Stanozolol Side Effects
Male bodybuilders who have taken stanozolol will acknowledge that the side effect of Winstrol can be harsh, for women they are much worse. Some of the more common side effects women can expect from using stanozolol include:
- Severe acne
- Headaches (common)
- Ankle swelling
- Clitoral enlargement (very common)
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Deepening of voice (very common)
- Excess body hair
- Joint pain (very common)
These side effects can usually present themselves almost immediately after just a couple of days, a lot depends on the dose but they are symptoms that should be considered.
Many women hear a lot of positive benefits about using stanozolol, what they do not realize is that stanozolol (Winstrol) is better suited for men.
Stanozolol Doses for Women
There is really no safe dosage recommendation for women, it seems the results vs side effects are split 50/50. If you read many of the online forums the experience from women who have used Stanozolol (Winstrol) are mixed regardless of the dose.
A typical dose of stanozolol will range between 5-10mg per day.
One of the biggest complaints from women who take Stanozolol is dry joints, some even complain about bloating due to water retention.
Should Women Take Stanozolol (Winstrol)
The answer is no. Women who take Stanozolol will usually experience side effects to some degree, a lot depends on your tolerance and what you are willing to put your body through
There are much better alternatives such as Primobolan and Anavar that have fewer side effects.
The potential side effects of stanozolol are more severe for women than they are for men. This is not to scare you off and prevent you from taking it, but if you are considering this steroid you should know up front what to expect.
The side effects can be harsh and MANY women who have used it have not had a good experience.
If you are looking for a fast way to lose weight our recommendation is that you first take a close look at your diet and training, in most situations a simple diet modification is all that is needed to get rid of that last bit of body fat.
If you still feel you need better results there are natural Stanozolol (Winstrol) alternatives that offer similar benefits without the side effects. At the end of the day, you have to consider what is more important to you, your health or a little less body fat.
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Samantha Collins is a contributing author and is an ISSA certified personal trainer that has helped hundreds of men and women get in shape and helped them reach their fitness and weight loss goals.