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Why Gaining Muscle with Steroids Is Not a Good Idea
Gaining muscle with steroids is something some women may consider when they want to get into shape.
In previous articles, I have discussed and reviewed individual anabolic steroids and the side effects they can have on women.
Even though some women realize the dangers involved from taking steroids, they will still follow through and use them.
I was one of those women.
Stubborn me said what can possibly go wrong?
I had read countless forums before I started my cycle, it seemed that there were more women who benefited from using steroids than those who did not.
However, if you think about it, most women who have had bad side effects from taking steroids will run away scared.
If you had a bad experience as I did, the last thing you want to do is tell everyone on a public forum what happened.
Women who consider steroids are usually looking for one of two things, they want to increase muscle and eliminate body fat.
There are a few exceptions though, powerlifters take steroids to help gain strength while athletes like sprinters and runners will take them to increase endurance.
Obviously, if you are a professional athlete, rules were meant to be broken and many women do break the rules for the sake of keeping up with the competition.
There are many countries that allow their athletes to use anabolic steroids in order to have an edge over their competitors.
Most women who take steroids, especially in the US do if for one thing and that is to look good.
Anabolic steroids can make it easier for women to burn body fat and gain muscle.
If you don’t, believe me, all it takes is spending a few minutes on Instagram and what you will see are dozens of hard body women showing off what they have.
Many of them have incredible legs a big booty and nice abs.
I’m not saying that they do not work because they do. However, anabolic steroids allow them to gain lean muscle and thickness.
Without a doubt steroids make it easy for women to gain muscle in all the right places.
Most women use steroids that are considered mild like Anavar and Primobolan, these are mostly for burning fat and increasing muscle definition. However, in order to gain muscle, they need to use steroids that are more potent (androgenic) which are not considered female friendly.
Steroids cause symptoms of Virilization.
Virilization means that it can cause man like traits in women, this is because steroids increase the male sex hormone testosterone.
The side effects can be mild to severe and can cause clitoral enlargement, facial hair, deepening of the voice and a slew of other side effects.
Steroids used for bulking:
- Deca Durabolin
While these steroids are primarily used for bulking as a woman you should avoid them.
Because the side effects can be harsh and may be irreversible.
Deca is a steroid woman will look for when they want to gain muscle, unfortunately, Deca (nandrolone) can have some pretty bad side effects.
Some women say they have taken Deca in low doses and have had very few side effects from this steroid, however, others have reported the opposite.
The issue with Deca is not so much that it’s potent, the problem is that the half-life is about two weeks.
The half life is the length of time a steroid remains in you system.
When you inject Deca Durabolin it spikes for the first 24-48 hours and can last up to two weeks.
Why this is bad.
Because, if you begin to notice emasculating effects those will continue to progress until the end of the half-life, in this case about two weeks.
So, if you do begin to notice symptoms of deepening of the voice or clitoral enlargement it may be too late.
While some women do take Deca there is no guarantee that his steroid is not going to cause side effects even in low doses.
Trenbolone is a scary steroid even when taken by men, you can only imagine the side effects it can have on women. I mention Tren because in spite of all the warnings there are some women who will actually consider it.
Yes, it can help you gain muscle but it can also make you look like the incredible hulk.
Tren is a steroid that is highly androgenic.
While there are women who brag about taking this anabolic steroid the side effects are usually harsh. In fact, most guys will steer away from Tren because of the side effects.
Can it help you gain muscle? It sure can, but are the side effects worth it? Probably not.
Some of the side effects of Trenbolone include:
- Deepening of the voice
- Excess body hair (all over)
- Thickening of the skin
- Clitoral enlargement
The half-life of trenbolone is about 2-3 days, even in low doses 10-30mg every other day, it can still cause side effects although it usually takes about a week or so for the bad side effects to kick in.
One of the first side effects is usually a deeper voice, it may start out crackling and eventually become deeper unless you stop taking the steroid.
While Trenbolone is used by women it is not recommended under any condition.
Women who have used tren to gain muscle usually don’t care about physical transformations and are willing to accept the masculine side effects.
So, what do you do if you want to gain muscle?
like a guy.
You can workout smarter, lifting more weight with fewer reps can help you increase muscle.
Try and focus on major muscle groups like legs, back, and chest.
Compound movements like squats, deadlifts and bench press all help stimulate more muscle.
Ask any bodybuilder or personal trainer if gaining muscle with steroids is a good decision and he or she will probably discourage you from doing so.
Gaining muscle with steroids is a serious decision, and as a woman, you are obviously willing to take a risk that can affect your health and physical appearance for the rest of your life.
I personally like to keep things natural, it has worked for me plus I sleep better at night.
Hi My name is Rosalie and the author of Womenandmuscle.com I started this blog to help women understand a little about the side effects of anabolic steroids and share some of my favorite alternatives that have helped me stay in shape and improve my performance in the gym.