For many, it’s a matter of personal preferences, desired results, and awareness of the type of steroids and other drugs that are commonly used in cycles for both cutting and bulking phases.
Bodybuilders often combine two, sometimes three different types of testosterone or synthetic anabolic androgenic steroids like Anavar into a stack to accelerate and promote optimal benefits.
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Anavar, more commonly known by its chemical name oxandrolone, initiates a number of behaviors as well as activities of the body’s hormones. One of the primary activities of Anavar is to act as an androgen receptor.
Androgens are hormones that, like testosterone, are essential in the development and maintenance of secondary male sex characteristics. It’s beneficial in promoting a lean muscle mass and retention of nitrogen in the muscles.
Anavar/oxandrolone has often been used as a treatment for HIV-related cachexia, as well as the more traditional treatment for low testosterone levels (hypogonadism) as a form of testosterone replacement therapy.
As such, it stimulates hormone receptors that are involved in the proliferation or growth of cells in the body.
In medical treatment situations, Anavar has been used to treat cachexia or muscle wasting due to a long-term chronic illness or disease processes, and to promote weight gain.
Benefits and drawbacks with use of an Anavar only cycle or combinations with other drugs should always be considered on a case-by-case basis.
An Anavar only cycle doesn’t necessarily mean that this steroid is the only drug used to promote muscle growth, weight gain, or increase strength.
It may imply that it is the only form of synthetic anabolic androgenic steroid (testosterone) used.
Again, using Anavar by itself or combined with other substances is a matter of preference.
Anavar is effective for both bulking and cutting cycles. It’s relatively common when used by women because of its reputation of being gentle.
Results – and side effects – depend on milligram strength and frequency of dosage.
Anavar, depending on where it’s obtained, can be quite anabolic in nature, but it is low in androgenic properties.
This means that it doesn’t have quite the potency of other steroids in regard to triggering estrogenic or progestational activities.
Several undesired effects of anabolic androgenic steroids can include the potential development of:
When it comes to an Anavar only cycle, a woman is recommended to take a daily dosage of anywhere between 5 mg and 10 mg a day. This is generally adequate to produce results while minimizing the potential for side effects.
An Anavar only cycle for men might involve 15 mg to 25 mg daily for beneficial results in bulking and increase of new muscle mass development.
Even a low dose may still cause some water retention.
Anavar has a half-life of approximately 9 to 10 hours but age, height and weight, and other factors can have an influence over this.
Variations of Anavar only cycle usage differs depending on expectations.
When comparing bodybuilding websites, muscle building forum discussion boards, and even images found on search engines, it’s not difficult to find numerous suggestions for an Anavar only cycle.
Some of the dosage recommendations are not always safe nor recommended. When combined with other drugs, even low dose Anavar can cause side effects.
Anavar (oxandrolone) is not recommended for non-medical purposes.
Common side effects associated with Anavar usage include:
Other serious side effects are associated with Anavar usage – although they are rare.
It has been reported to cause a number of issues with liver function, such as potential development of blood filled cysts that can contribute to liver failure. Use may also increase risk of potential development of tumors.
Even though the tumors are most commonly benign (non-cancerous) they do tend to be more vascular in nature. This increases risk of bursting and internal hemorrhage.
Among the most common side effects of anabolic androgenic steroid use is suppression of testosterone. This contributes to testicular atrophy.
Women using Anavar (in an Anavar only cycle) or combined with other drugs risk virilization. For women, this means:
Any woman who is pregnant, intending to become pregnant, or nursing should avoid use of anabolic androgenic steroids due to their potential to damage fetal development.
When developing an Anavar only cycle, even at low doses, be aware of the potential for side effects.