Worst Anabolic Steroids for Women:Why You Should Avoid Them
There is a lot of talk about anabolic steroid use in men. However, when it comes to women there is not much information out there. The information you can find is usually about medical applications of anabolic steroids.
This is, of course, very different form using anabolic steroids for bodybuilding or enhancing performance and physique generally. In this article I will cover some of the worst anabolic steroids for women.
The use of anabolic steroids is more problematic and dangerous for women, because it means introducing male hormones into the female body.
The female body is not naturally prepared for such hormonal environments. Because of this, the use of steroids in women can lead to sudden unexpected changes and serious side effects.
Side effects of anabolic steroids can be different and more pronounced for women than for men. Because of this, it is very important to understand which anabolic steroids are suitable to be used by women and which are extremely dangerous.
Which Anabolic Steroids to Avoid
The basic rule of thumb for women using anabolic steroids is to choose compounds which exhibit low androgenic strength ratings.
Anabolic steroids with such ratings are usually considered mild and more suitable to be used by women. However, it is important to note that all anabolic steroids exhibit some degrees of androgenic effects. Even those that have a very low threshold of androgenic effects can still cause all of these effects in women.
Anabolic steroids with high androgenic strength ratings
Anabolic steroids with extremely high androgenic strength ratings are definitely the worst choice for women.
The higher the androgenic strength rating, the higher the chances of serious side effects. Highly androgenic anabolic steroids include Testosterone, Trenbolone, Dianabol (Methandrostenolone), Anadrol and many others.
Still, some women, like some female competitive bodybuilders, for example, are inclined to try some of these anabolic steroids. This is completely a personal choice. However, any woman considering the use of heavy androgens should be aware that there is a huge risk of virilization which can happen very quickly and lead to irreversible effects.
Long-estered anabolic steroids
Another group of anabolic steroids that poses a high risk for women are long-estered anabolic steroids. Enanthate, Decanoate, Cypionate, and Undecylenate all belong in this group.
The problem with this type of steroids is that they have a very long window of release and very long half-life. This means that male hormones will stay in your body long after you stop the use of steroids. This can be very problematic if virilization symptoms appear and the hormone needs to be discontinued immediately.
Side Effects of Anabolic Steroids in Women
Male hormones from anabolic steroids definitely cause more significant changes in the female body than when it comes to men. Emotional side effects can appear in both men and women, but women may experience more serious physical side effects.
Women might notice changes in their body similar to those men experience during puberty and some of these changes may be permanent.
When women use androgenic anabolic steroids, they basically insert male hormones into their body to increase muscle strength and reduce fat levels.
It is not hard to understand that this can also lead to the development of male characteristics. The development of these characteristics is called virilization.
One of the effects of virilization is the increase of muscle strength. This is obviously desirable but virilization also causes the development of many other male characteristics in women. The manifestations of virilization include dysphonia, clitoromegaly, hirsutism and breast atrophy.
Dysphonia or deepening of the voice is one of the most common side effects of anabolic steroid use in women. Dysphonia usually manifests slowly, and the first warning symptoms include any noticeable hoarsening and cracking of the voice. If steroid use is not halted, it can lead to a fully male-like voice.
Furthermore, certain anabolic steroids can lead to increased growth of body and facial hair in a male-like pattern (hirsutism) and enlargement of the clitoris (clitoromegaly).
All of these side effects depend on the dosage, duration of use and androgenic strength of anabolic steroids.
They often start with minor signs and symptoms, but strong androgenic anabolic steroids might cause them to appear faster.
However, not only do the strong androgenic compounds like Testosterone, Dianabol and Trenbolone produce this side effect, but also some of the milder anabolic steroids.
Studies have shown that compounds like Anavar (Oxandrolone) and Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) can also lead to virilization with long exposure.
Breast size reduction is also a possible side effect because some of the androgenic anabolic steroids are actually anti-estrogenic. Masteron, for example, has direct anti-estrogenic effects in the body. The lack of estrogen in the female body can cause significant reduction of breast tissue.
Menstrual Cycle Problems
The use of anabolic steroids causes hormonal shifts in the female body which can lead to disruption of the menstrual cycle and infertility. These changes are caused by an imbalance of estrogen and androgen in the body and should return to normal when you stop using anabolic steroids.
Women might experience absent or infrequent periods, lighter or heavier menstrual flow or unusual premenstrual symptoms.
Another thing that women specifically need to be careful about is that anabolic steroids should never be used during pregnancy. Ingesting androgenic anabolic steroids when pregnant, even in small amounts is directly linked to serious defects and abnormalities in the developing fetus.
The introduction of male hormones would cause virilization of the unborn child. Possible effects include the development of both female and male sex organs in the fetus and clitoromegaly in a female fetus. In conclusion, the use of anabolic steroids during pregnancy should definitely be avoided at all costs.
There are many unique concerns when it comes to anabolic steroid use that women need to consider. The introduction of male hormones can lead to very significant changes in the female body, and even lead to infertility. Although every anabolic steroid has the potential to cause side effects, those with high androgenic strength ratings are definitely the ones to avoid at all costs.
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.