Winstrol is an oral anabolic steroid that was once used to treat a medical condition called hereditary angioedema.
Its use has been discontinued in the US, although if a person knows where to look, some generic forms of the drug may still be found.
Generically known as stanozolol, Winstrol was/is – depending on geographical location and access to underground labs – available mainly in tablet form.
Any woman considering the use of anabolic steroids, including stanozolol (the main ingredient in Winstrol) , should be aware of its effect on the body and safety considerations.
When it comes to stanozolol (Winstrol), women should stay away from the steroid in any form if pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or nursing, as it is rated pregnancy category X.
Category X means that studies have shown positive evidence of a risk to human fetal development and the use outweighs benefits.
The warning should be heeded by women who are sexually active and may become pregnant.
While there is no specific data or studies that have been conducted regarding the effect of anabolic steroids of any kind on human breast milk, it is recommended that such drugs also be avoided by breast-feeding women due to the potential for serious and/or adverse effects on a nursing baby.
A number of alarming and sometimes irreversible side effects have been associated when it comes to Winstrol, women and usage. Those include but are not limited to:
Above are the side effects that apply only to women, the ones below apply to anyone.
Other side effects associated with Winstrol, for both men and women, involve numerous body systems including:
This can result in edema in the extremities which may also contribute to cardiovascular effects with or without previous diagnosis of cardiovascular issues such as congestive heart failure.
According to drugs.com, stanozolol has the potential to interact with over 350 drugs (brand name and generic, and can result in severe interactions with approximately 14 generic and prescription drugs including those prescribed for the treatment of diabetes and some heart conditions.
These drugs include:
This is not an extensive list, check with a doctor before taking.
Winstrol for women (brand name of the oral anabolic steroid) is more commonly known as stanozolol.
It was discontinued in the US due to its potential for not only severe side effects as opposed to benefits, but as a Schedule III controlled substance with a prevalent risk of misuse, overuse, and abuse, especially when taken for nonmedical reasons.
Today, Winstrol is a veterinary grade drug used in veterinary practices, given the designation of Winstrol V.
It’s no secret that underground labs have found ways to convert veterinary drugs into solutions that can be injected into humans, but this is not recommended due to the potential for alarming side effects and adverse reactions.
In animals, stanozolol is effective in treating a variety of types of anemias, to enhance weight gain, and increase appetite.
Actually, the warnings for use in regard to animals is just as severe as the warnings are for humans and can involve heart damage, liver damage, seizures, allergic reactions, and blood glucose levels, just to name a few.
Because athletes and bodybuilders often believe that the effects of a veterinary drug can translate to the same in human benefits, it stands to reason that the side effects also apply.
Never underestimate the potential and power of an anabolic steroid, as stanozolol behaves like a male hormone. When used by women, stanozolol/Winstrol may encourage females to develop and exhibit masculine characteristics.
Always be aware of potential side effects, drug interactions, and contraindications for use with Winstrol; women considering taking the drug should always be aware of potential for health risks regardless of dosage or form.