Increasingly more people are becoming interested in fitness and enhancing their bodies.
Men want to look like the hunks on love island, whilst ladies are trying to emulate the hourglass figures of their favourite social media celebrities.
Unfortunately, this increased interest in fitness also leads to people wanting to take shortcuts in order to look like their idols. Thus, many are taking steroids in order to see faster results, in regards to muscle gains and fat loss.
In this article we will be discussing anavar, one of the most popular steroids used among men and women right now — and the effects it produces.
The reason people take anavar (oxandrolone) is because it offers significant muscle building effects, combined with considerable fat loss. When these are both working simultaneously, a person’s body composition can change dramatically in the space of a month.
Anavar is one of the mildest steroids available. Therefore, side effects are much less noticeable compared to taking more potent androgenic anabolic steroids. The results in terms of muscle gains are also less, which suits a lot of users who don’t want to pack on too much size (or women who are afraid of looking bulky).
Due to anavar’s mild nature it’s particularly popular among beginners, because it’s less harsh on the body and thus they’re less susceptible to damaging themselves.
Anavar’s track record of causing low virilization rates in women, also makes it popular among the ladies. In short, anavar is one of the best compounds for maintaining feminine features; whereas other compounds result in masculinization. However, Inside Bodybuilding says women may still be at risk of virilization side effects if taking high doses or long cycles of anavar (lasting beyond 4-5 weeks).
Anavar won’t cause users to gain a tonne of weight like other steroids can, however it is powerful at increasing strength. Therefore, those who want to lift super heavy weights for fun or competition — often cycle anavar.
Anavar is an illegal substance when used outside the confines of medicine. Therefore, if you are caught buying it on the black market (which means online or from a dealer), you can be prosecuted. This usually results in a fine or prison time, depending on the number of offences and the country you are in.
Anavar may be touted as a ‘mild steroid’, however it still has negative effects on the body. One of these is an increase in cholesterol; which may impact blood pressure for the worse.
This process is caused by anavar increasing testosterone levels significantly and being an oral steroid, which can negatively impact LDL cholesterol levels by stimulating hepatic lipase.
Anavar may also cause some hair loss due to it being a compound derived from DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This is the hormone which can cause hair follicles to weaken and even fall out. Thus, it is possible that some thinning may occur during a cycle.
Testosterone levels are likely to become suppressed also, taking a person weeks or months to enjoy the testosterone levels they had pre-anavar. This happens as anavar causes a dramatic surge in testosterone, which the body detects as unnaturally high. As a result, the body signals the testes to stop producing as much testosterone, so when anavar administration comes to a halt — testosterone levels plummet. This can also result in testicular shrinkage post-cycle.
Anavar may also cause an increase in acne as steroids can increase sebum production, increasing the chances of pores becoming blocked by this waxy substance.
Anavar is a very expensive steroid to buy, which may put some people off — who may opt for a less expensive steroid which can produce bigger gains (in muscle size). However, a cheaper compound may also wreck more havoc on their health, compared to anavar.
Therefore, the average person won’t run anavar for more than 4-8 weeks (due to the sheer cost), with women taking it for a shorter time compared to men. Also cycling anavar infrequently can be an effective strategy to prevent the body from building up a tolerance to the drug over time.
Is Anavar Worth It?
On anavar, users may build 10lbs of muscle and burn 8lbs of fat if they eat well and train hard. Although this is a considerable change, these results can be obtained naturally. Such gains are unlikely to happen as fast when training without drugs, however the natural route is a safer and healthier one. Even mild steroids may produce harsh side effects in sensitive individuals, thus there’s no guarantee any steroid is safe.
Also bodybuilders are buying anavar on the black market, which is full of tainted products; spiked with hidden ingredients. Therefore we recommend you train naturally and if you do want to take anavar, be sure to check the laws of the country you are in.