Also known as stanozolol, winstrol is a popular steroid for bodybuilding because you don’t have to reduce in size as you get shredded. It’s obtained from an androgen sex steroid known as dihydrotestosterone. The steroid is available in the form of an injection and tablets for oral use.
Winstrol is sold under various brand names such as Neurabol, Menabol and Anaysynth Caps. First patented in 1962 in the United States of America, the steroid is no longer marketed in the U.S.
Winstrol helps bodybuilders increase muscle strength, size and endurance while reducing water retention in their bodies. Unlike anabolic steroids, Winstrol also has the ability to improve performance, and thus its popularity.
The steroid is also popular among field, track and strength athletes. However, Winstrol, like other steroids, is currently illegal in America. It’s only available on prescription for persons with medical need.
Winstrol is often prescribed for angioedema and anaemia. In such cases, patients take 2mg tablets thrice a day for oral dosage and 50mg dosage twice or thrice a week for injectable steroid.
On the other hand, bodybuilders using the steroid illegally take 50mg to 100mg dosage daily, whether taken in oral or injectable form. This explains why bodybuilders are more likely to suffer the many effects of using the steroids.
4 Benefits of Using Winstrol
Many bodybuilders are able to get their hands on this steroid despite it being illegal without a medical prescription. They love using the steroid for the following reasons.
- Helps muscles grow bigger and stronger.
- Reduces water retention levels for muscle growth and a ripped look.
- Doesn’t convert into estrogen, hence reduced risk of developing man boobs.
- Supports increased agility, speed, endurance and power, and thus performance. It increases red blood cells production, hence more oxygen get to the muscles. That means you can work harder, longer and faster.
However, Winstrol also has various side effects on health you should know.
Top 6 Side Effects of Winstrol
The side effects of winstrol are comparable to a bad date. However, after a bad date, you can recuperate and move on with your life. On the converse, the side effects of this steroid are unforgiving. They linger longer like an ex-spouse unable to move on after a break up.
Although using the steroid brings out your body’s buff, it can hurt your health. Avoid the steroid if living a healthy lifestyle is important to you. Abusing the steroid can cause the following side effects:
The liver is a critical body organ. Just like other steroids, winstrol is high in potency, meaning it can easily impair the function of your liver. It’s worse because the steroid has to go through your liver twice.
Winstrol often undergoes a C17AA process that renders it resistant to break down while in the liver. That means it can go through your system twice even if injected.
Every Winstrol cycle that goes through your body causes irreversible damage to your liver. The organ is responsible for flushing toxins from your body. Therefore, if it stops performing, many aspects of your body functions are affected. And, your health is affected.
Unbalanced Levels of Cholesterol
Cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. It supports proper bodily functions. Issues only arise if your cholesterol levels go out of balance. The blood carries cholesterol in the form of lipoproteins: high-density and low-density lipoproteins.
High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are the good cholesterol while LDL are the bad ones. High levels of LDL cholesterol can cause heart attacks, artery blockages and stroke.
Winstrol increases LDL levels and decreases HDL levels in your body, especially when taken orally. That increases your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Virilization (Male Attributes Development)
Women on winstrol eventually end up looking like men, especially if the steroid is injected into the body in high dosage. Women risk developing body hair (hirsutism), a shrunken uterus and an enlarged clitoris. Breasts also become small. It’s also possible to stop seeing your periods.
Although this side effect might sound appealing, it isn’t ideal if you want to have kids in the future. The changes that ensue aren’t natural to women, nor sufficient enough to show that your health is well taken care of.
The Dangers of Counterfeit ‘Dodgy Gear’
Winstrol’s popularity and the money it earns its dealers have seen the rise of counterfeit products in the market.
A quick online search will show you video of drugs being made under non-sterile environments and using bogus equipment such as microwaves to save costs. Poorly-made steroids have even worse side effects.
It increases the risk of failing to get the dosage right, meaning you can inject yourself with 100 times more Winstrol than is acceptable.
With many counterfeits on the market, you risk ending up with a ‘dodgy gear’, and thus extreme depression and mood swings. If the worst happens, you can even die.
Decreases Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG) Levels
Winstrol can lower your libido and ruin your sex life. Apart lowering your libido, it can render you incapable of performing during sex.
Dihydrotestosterone, estrogen and testosterone are the sex hormones responsible for optimal performance of your reproductive organs. SHBG is the glycoprotein that acts as the precursor of the sex hormones.
Winstrol lowers the levels of SHBG in your body, decreasing your sex drive. It leaves you with low sex drive or none at all. It can also cause erectile dysfunction. Both men and women struggle with their sex lives after using this steroid.
Issues with Skin and Hair
Taking care of your skin and hair is never easy. It takes time, effort and investment in the right skin and hair products to achieve your goals. But with Winstrol consumption, it gets worse.
The steroid interferes with your hormones, bringing back your hormonal issues during teenage. It makes hair greasy and causes acne break outs. It also causes loss of hair and its growth in unwanted areas on your body such as chin, back and chest for women.
Winstrol makes you experience your teenage issues and everything you dislike about old age such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Winstrol isn’t the magic bullet you assumed it would be for your muscle-building efforts. However, its benefits are still appealing if you don’t mind its side effects. Safer alternatives with all the benefits and none of the side effects are currently available on the market for bodybuilders. They help attain bodybuilding goals without compromising health.