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Oxandrolone is a very popular anabolic androgenic steroid and is considered to be one of the friendliest in terms of side effects. This is one of the few anabolic steroids that carry with it a high rate of success among women, so much so itís often referred to as ďThe Girl Steroid.Ē But this is a title thatís a bit misleading as it is highly effective in men, it just happens to be one of the few women can use without major issues.
Oxandrolone is also one of the most underappreciated anabolic steroids because of its mild nature, but the lack of appreciation some steroid users hold is due to a either ridiculous expectations or simply a purchase of a poor product. Oxandrolone is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic androgenic steroid. Specifically, Oxandrolone is the DHT hormone with the addition of an oxygen atom in place of the carbon-2 in the A-ring. This simple alternation dramatically increases the hormoneís anabolic power and prevents if from being metabolically broken down. The hormone is then altered again at the 17th carbon position through the addition of a methyl group. This allows Oxandrolone to be ingested orally without being destroyed by the liver and officially classifies it as a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroid.
Oxandrolone has proven to hold as originally touted numerous therapeutic benefits. It is most commonly used to aid in weight gain that is necessary after infection or surgery or any other condition that may lead to severe weight loss. HIV and cancer patients can both benefit from this steroid. Oxandrolone has also proven to be effective in the treatment of over exposure to corticosteroids and has a solid track record for increasing bone density in the fight against osteoporosis. Unfortunately, while successfully used in most of the world use is somewhat limited in the U.S. for such purposes. The hormone has also been successfully used in children who lack hormone production and even in the treatment of certain cases of hepatitis.
Simply by looking at the therapeutic benefits of Oxandrolone we should already have at least a slight understanding as to why the steroid is valued by many performance enhancing athletes. Although considered a mild steroid, Oxandroloneís anabolic rating is more than triple that of Testosterone. This isnít to say Oxandrolone is as powerful in terms of mass building as Testosterone, but it should begin to give an appreciation for the compound. When we couple this with its low androgenicity, which is part of what makes it so mild, then we can truly begin to appreciate it.
Oxandrolone possesses many functions that are beneficial but it is in its ability to reduce Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) glucocorticoid hormones and increases in nitrogen retention that make it so valuable. An increase in nitrogen retention creates a more apt anabolic environment where as a reduced one leads to catabolism. The decrease in SHBG promotes higher levels of free testosterone and also frees any and other anabolic steroidal hormones from being bound. Lower SHBG can result in more of a punch from the steroids youíre using. Weíre then left with the reduction of glucocorticoids, muscle wasting hormones. These hormones promote fat gain and muscle loss; they literally do the opposite of what youíre after.
Oxandrolone is also known for its ability to increase red blood cell count, which will in turn promote an enhancement in muscular endurance. Some data has shown this steroid may even promote enhanced levels of cardiovascular endurance. Equally exciting is this is one of the only anabolic steroids that can be called a direct fat burning steroid.
The effects of Oxandrolone can positively impact most any phase of performance enhancement. For the off-season athlete any weight gained will only be muscle tissue. Oxandrolone does not aromatize and there will be no water retention, and like all anabolic steroids it cannot promote fat gain. Itís true a man should not expect massive buildups in size or weight due to this steroidís use, but the gains will be solid and often easier to keep post use compared to some steroids.
Although not a phenomenal mass builder for men in their off-season, with women itís a different story. Women are far more sensitive to the hormone and will get far more out of it in terms of growth. Further, most women arenít looking for the extreme gains a man might be looking for. Couple this with the side effect friendly nature that weíll discuss later on and this is a tough female off-season steroid to beat.
Man or woman, Oxandrolone will help with the overall metabolism, and due to its lipolysis effects you should be able to stay leaner in an off-season with Oxandrolone compared to without. Other steroids being used will also be more potent. However, as great as all that sounds we must consider the cost and for a man there will be better times to use it.
Without question, regardless of sex the best time to see the positive effects of Oxandrolone will be during a cutting phase. Due to the powerful anabolic rating it carries as discussed above, this is one of the best steroids for preserving lean tissue that would otherwise be lost during a necessary calorie deficit thatís in place to lose body fat. If we want to lose fat we must burn more than we consume and this puts lean tissue at great risk, and in time at assured risk. Oxandrolone will provide the needed protective measure. Fat loss will also occur at a more efficient rate with this steroid through both an enhanced metabolism and the direct promotion of lipolysis. And once lean, the effects of Oxandrolone will greatly promote a harder and more defined physique.
Oxandrolone is also appreciated by many athletes looking to enhance performance but who are not necessarily looking to cut or bulk. Oxandrolone has nice strength increasing properties, and because itís not going to promote mass weight gain itís a great choice for many athletes. This steroid will enhance recovery, a necessary factor for anyone who undergoes regular physical activity and should also significantly increase muscular endurance.
Oxandrolone is an orally ingested anabolic steroid that is normally prescribed in the 5-10mg per day range with prescribed doses rarely surpassing 20mg per day. Use will normally last 2-4 weeks followed by a short break and repeating the cycle until the issue is resolved. Use of this nature may in some cases last indefinitely.
For the male anabolic steroid user, 20-30mg per day although a low dose will produce an anabolic bump. However, 40-50mg per day is far more common and effective. Some men will use as much as 80-100mg per day, but keep in mind this does increase the chance of side effects.
Female Oxandrolone users will normally dose the steroid at 5-10mg per day. Itís not common for a woman to need more than 10mg per day, but if more is needed it can be increased by 5mg. Doses that surpass 20mg per day will almost assure some level of virilization. 6-8 weeks of use is standard with both men and women.