The side effects of Winstrol most certainly exist, but they largely fall into the category of possible rather than guaranteed. The side effects of Winstrol can be controlled but it will take some effort on your part. There is also always the issue of individual response. We all respond to different things differently. This not only holds true with various anabolic steroids but all things we put into our body. Most of use can take Aspirin, but there are others who will experience horrible side effects if they touch the first pill. Most of us can tolerate dairy products, but there are others who become very sick if they even look at a glass of milk. Individual response dictates quite a lot. With that in mind, in order to help you understand the possible side effects of Winstrol we have broken them down into their separate categories along with all you’ll need to know.
Winstrol is not estrogenic. This anabolic steroid does not aromatize at all making estrogenic side effects of Winstrol use an impossibility. This steroid cannot cause gynecomastia or excess water retention. Water retention is normally the primary cause of steroid related high blood pressure. High blood pressure is still possible but the odds are highly in your favor when healthy lifestyle choices are made. This also assumes no underlying issues exist.
Androgenic side effects of Winstrol are possible. However, while possible this steroid does not produce a lot of androgenic activity. Acne and accelerated hair loss in those predisposed to male pattern baldness are all possible. While possible, they are strongly linked to genetic predispositions. If you are not predisposed to male pattern baldness you will not lose any hair. Acne is similar as those who are genetically sensitive to acne will be the first to have a problem. Keeping your skin clean and dry at all times will offer a lot of protection.
In order to combat androgenic side effects of any anabolic steroid, many often turn to 5-alpha reductase inhibitors like Finasteride. However, this will not work with all steroids and it will not work with Winstrol at all. Such inhibitors work by inhibiting the reduction of testosterone to DHT, which occurs due to the testosterone hormone being metabolized by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. The 5-alpha reductase enzyme does not metabolize the Stanozolol hormone; after all, it’s already DHT.
The androgenic side effects of Winstrol can also include virilization in women. Virilization symptoms include body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement. Many women can supplement with the Stanozolol hormone without such effects occurring but they will need to keep the dose rather low. If the dose is kept low, due to the low androgenicity of the hormone many women will avoid virilization. However, the issue of individual response always comes into play. If for any reason virilization symptoms begin to show, if use is discontinued at their onset they will fade away rapidly. If the symptoms are ignored and use continues, the symptoms may very well become irreversible.
Of all the potential side effects of Winstrol those surrounding cardiovascular strain, particularly cholesterol carry the greatest probability. The Stanozolol hormone is well known for reducing HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and increasing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
Oral C17-aa anabolic steroids are all well known for having a much stronger, negative effect on cholesterol management and oral Winstrol is no different. As for injectable Winstrol Depot, it can potentially have the same effect as it too is a C17-aa anabolic steroid. Regardless of the form of Winstrol you choose, the issue of cholesterol will be a concern.
Although Winstrol can be very harsh on cholesterol, it is possible to supplement without any significant strain but it will take some effort on your part. If you already suffer from high cholesterol you should not touch this steroid. If you are healthy enough for use, it will be imperative that you keep an eye on your cholesterol. In order to promote healthy levels it is also recommended that your diet be rich in omega fatty acids. Supplementing daily with fish oils is recommended, as is limiting saturated fats and simple sugars. You may also want to consider a cholesterol antioxidant formula and always ensure you perform plenty of cardiovascular training in your routine.
Winstrol is significantly suppressive to natural testosterone production. It will not completely suppress production but it will put the individual into a low testosterone state if exogenous testosterone is not applied. All men who supplement with the Stanozolol hormone can easily avoid a low testosterone condition if they simultaneously supplement with some form of exogenous testosterone. Women will not need exogenous testosterone therapy.
Once all steroid use comes to an end, natural testosterone production will begin again on its own. However, it will take quite some time for your levels to return to normal. For this reason, most men are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan post anabolic steroid use. A PCT plan will stimulate natural production and enable your levels to climb up faster than they would otherwise. It will not bring your levels back to normal on its own, there is no PCT plan on earth that can do this. However, it will ensure you have enough testosterone for proper bodily function while your levels continue to naturally rise.
Important notes on natural testosterone recovery; natural recovery assumes no prior low testosterone condition existed. It also assumes the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA) was not severely damaged due to improper supplementation practices.
Winstrol is a hepatotoxic anabolic steroid as are all C17-aa anabolic steroids. However, the stress a C17-aa steroid can cause the liver will vary greatly depending on the C17-aa steroid in question. Winstrol is far more hepatotoxic than Anavar (Oxandrolone) on a per milligram basis, but it appears to be less hepatotoxic on a per milligram basis than steroids like Dianabol (Methandrostenolone).
When using this steroid liver enzyme values will go up. Low doses do not appear to produce a lot of strain, but keep in mind as the dose goes up more strain exist. It’s also important to remember elevated enzyme levels does not equate to damage but is rather an indicator of stress. However, damage can occur and it will take proper action and proper steps to avoid any damage. If your liver is not healthy, for no reason should you use this steroid.
If you are healthy enough for use, total use should be limited to 6-8 weeks and no other C17-aa steroids should be used for at least 6-8 weeks after discontinuing use. An even longer gap between periods of use would be better. During use, it is also important that you avoid all excess alcohol consumption. Excess consumption alone is very stressful to the liver and when combined with a C17-aa steroid it only enhances the stress. Many will find avoiding all alcohol to be best as alcohol is one of the most anti-performance substances we can put into our body. Beyond alcohol, avoiding all over the counter medications where possible is advised. Many over the counter medications are very stressful to the liver. In fact, some are more hepatotoxic than many anabolic steroids. Use of over the counter medications should be limited to when only absolutely necessary. It is also recommended that you supplement with a liver detoxification supplement during the use of Winstrol or any C17-aa steroid. If you follow these rules, while enzyme values will increase, if there is no underlying issue values should return to normal shortly after use is discontinued and no damage will be done.
Final note on hepatotoxicity, both oral and injectable Winstrol are hepatotoxic. If you want to avoid all liver stress you should avoid all C17-aa steroids regardless of them being oral or injectable.