Anavar is an anabolic steroid. Although taking steroids for sport and bodybuilding is illegal and potentially dangerous to health, many people are still actively looking for these performance-enhancing drugs. Anavar is a popular choice because it is perceived to be a bit safer than others on the black market plus it is supposed to provide slow but steady muscle gains.
FIRST UP, WHAT ARE ANABOLIC STEROIDS?
An anabolic steroid is a type of drug that is a synthetic version of the male sex hormones including testosterone, which promote skeletal muscle building, strength and energy levels.
There are three types of muscle in the body; cardiac muscles which are the muscles in the heart, smooth muscles which help bodily functions such as the muscles in your eyes and digestive system and finally skeletal muscle which is attached to bones and the group of muscles that we think of when considering biceps and a six pack.
Anabolic steroids were developed back in the 1930s as a treatment for hypogonadism, a condition where the testes do not provide sufficient testosterone for growth or sexual functioning. However scientists quickly found that anabolic steroids improved muscle building and bodybuilders and weight lifters were quick to start taking them to improve their performance.
Steroid abuse in sport is not a new issue: it is widespread in many sports and doping has been an issue for decades such as with the Russian Olympic team and at all levels and types of sport.
Anabolic steroids are sometimes prescribed for medical conditions including HIV where muscle wasting is an issue. They are also prescribed for some cases of delayed puberty, male impotence, as HRT for men and for transgender (female to male) because testosterone causes manly characteristics including a deepened voice, more muscle and increased facial hair. However anabolic steroids are best known to most people as performance-enhancing drugs.
Anabolic steroids are not all the same. These drugs can have varying effects and strengths depending upon their chemical profile. There are 32 common types of anabolic steroid and although they all have the same function which is to increase muscle and strength, effects and side effects will vary.
WHAT IS ANAVAR?
Anavar is a brand name for a steroid compound called oxandrolone which was first prescribed in the USA in 1964. It was manufactured by Searle laboratories (now Pfizer) and is still prescribed for some of the medical conditions mentioned above. It is also prescribed as a treatment for people recovering from burns and for alcoholic hepatitis.
Anavar is one of the most popular steroids for abuse. The body building community consider Anavar to be safer than many others available on the market.
THE CLAIMS ABOUT ANAVAR
If you believed the so-called claims about Anavar which are touted on steroids/bodybuilding websites, you would think that this steroid is side effect free and healthy. It is often described as gentle and mild and suitable for both sexes. It sounds positively fluffy! We will look into the risks later in the review but for now, here is what they say about Anavar:
- Increases strength, sometimes described as “superhuman strength” (effective if you want to cheat at weight lifting or other sports).
- Does not cause the over-pumped muscle look and is often described as subtle. If you want to build muscle but don’t want to look like Arnie in his heyday, it is more suitable than many other steroids.
- Helps cut subcutaneous and visceral fat. It is often used by people who want to build and maintain muscle while losing fat.
- Creates a pumped-up feeling while working out. Some people like this feeling.
- Creates a vascular look after a few days of using. This is where the veins look very prominent because the subcutaneous fat (the layer of fat under the skin) has been drastically reduced.
Although Anavar is toxic to the liver, it is less so than many other steroids.
It does not aromatise so users are unlikely to grow man boobs.
With correct PCT (post cycle therapy) which requires a lengthy process of more training and products to help the body revert to normal testosterone levels, the gains you made while cycling Anavar are likely to be permanent.
HOW TO TAKE ANAVAR
Bodybuilders ‘cycle’ products like Anavar in order to get the best effects. This is where they take a steroid or other product every day for a period of time and then take a rest. Typically men cycle for around 6 weeks whereas women usually go for a shorter period of use. The rest period is shorter than the active phase and is typically around 3 or 4 weeks.
Sometimes bodybuilders ‘stack’ Anavar with other products. Stacking just means a supplement combination.
Once the cycle is over, it is important to undertake PCT in order to get the body’s hormones to return to normal.
SO WHY IS ANAVAR SO GOOD (IN MANY PEOPLE’S OPINION)?
Anavar or oxandrolone is a synthetic dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone. DHT is a powerful hormone that works as an androgen meaning it triggers male characteristics. In the body it is created from testosterone and is important for the development of puberty in boys. In older life it is associated with male baldness and prostate problems. However despite these side effects many people consider that DHT is superior to testosterone because it is more potent.
Unlike testosterone, DHT does not convert into the female hormone oestrogen. It increases muscle strength, is known to improve mood and promotes libido and erection quality.
SIDE EFFECTS OF ANAVAR ON WOMEN
We can’t understand it! Anavar is touted as a female-friendly steroid but the truth is that Anavar can cause a lot of noticeable side effects for women, especially if you take too much of it. If you are prescribed Anavar for a real medical condition, you will need to contact your doctor immediately in the case of side effects. If you take it off prescription, you will also need to stop and get some medical advice. The effects are permanent and irreversible in many cases which is why Anavar is used for transgender female to male transition.
Specific female side effects may include:
- Deeper voice
- Growth of facial and body hair
- Changes to menstrual cycle
- Enlarged clitoris
- Changes to shape of face (a manlier jawline)
Side effects for men can include:
- Hair loss
- Unpredictable mood swings (‘roid rage’)
- Decreased testosterone production
- Oily skin
- Changes to libido and sexual performance
- Prostate problems
IS ANAVAR ILLEGAL?
Anavar is illegal when taken recreationally for sport or bodybuilding. Although it is available under prescription in the USA for certain medical conditions, it is not legal to take Anavar as a sports supplement. It is classified as a class 3 substance in the USA. Throughout the rest of the world, apart from Thailand and Mexico, Anavar remains a controlled substance. If you buy Anavar in the UK from an online retailer, you are breaking the law.
Despite this, it seems to be easily available. Over the course of writing this review we found numerous sites selling Anavar. Many of these included pop ups asking if we wanted to chat about the steroids on sale and buy them ourselves. The impression we got was that steroid abuse is rife and you don’t have to search very far to find plenty of places to buy.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE ANAVAR YOU’RE BUYING IS GENUINE?
The simple answer is that you don’t and this is a major topic of concern on many of the bodybuilder websites. Although Anavar is available under prescription, there are also a lot of so-called UGLs (underground labs) manufacturing fake Anavar. The label is copied too and, of course, all the retailers claim to be selling genuine Anavar and blaming fake Anavar on their competitors.
Make no mistake, fake medication is dangerous. You have no guarantees it will contain the correct ingredients in the advertised strength or have been made to the high standards of pharmaceutical medication. The pills may be cut with other substances which may cause added effects. You may have not even tried genuine Anavar before so you will not be able to judge the experience properly.
We have seen Anavar pills as pink rectangular tablets, blue pills, white pills of various sizes and in many different types of packaging. The only thing that most users have to go on, is other people’s anecdotal experiences and advice on the various forums or at the gym. That is putting a lot of trust in other people’s opinions.
IS ANAVAR EXPENSIVE?
Anavar is expensive when compared to other steroids and the price will vary depending on where you buy and the serving size you want.
According to some experts, male bodybuilders should take between 50 and 100 mg of Anavar daily and continue for at least 6 weeks for the best results.
The dose for women is reduced. The daily dosage should be between 2.5and 10 mg to ensure muscle building and minimum side effects.
We have seen 100 capsules of 10 mg of supposed genuine oxandrolone offered for as little as $160. For men, this is sufficient for only 10 days’ supply, so it will work out at over $600 for six weeks’ supply. Some men report spending as much as $3000 for an Anavar cycle.
Steroid use is bad news for so many reasons. It is illegal, dangerous and expensive and although Anavar is billed as safe and suitable for women and beginners, don’t be fooled into thinking this is true. Anavar is just as potentially dangerous as all the others and when you buy bootleg pharmaceuticals or moonshine pills made by so-called underground labs you have no guarantees about efficacy or more importantly safety. If it all goes wrong, as it might, you could find that you are left with permanent damage.
In addition, is taking steroids really ethical? If you want to win at sport, remember it is cheating and it will get you banned for doping. If you want to build muscle a much safer bet is to do it the clean way with the aid of safe supplements and a training regime. Pumping yourself up on artificial hormones is a fairly scummy practice in our opinion and although you may look good in the mirror (and that point is debatable) is your brief period of narcissism really worth all the effort and risk?
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