Some people are not sure if they want to use injectable anabolic steroids or take them orally. Here are some pros and cons of each method.
Anabolic steroids are either taken though the oral route or through injections.
Individuals, who desire to get quick results, often prefer to take oral steroids. When oral steroids are injected, they are quickly metabolized, after which they enter the bloodstream and begin to show anabolic effects. Anabolic steroids that are taken orally do not have ester chains. Anabolic steroid that have ester chains first have to be processed by the liver before they become active. Their half lives are also shorter and therefore the system flushes them out faster. That is why many athletes take oral steroids.
But they also have many drawbacks. For example, they leave many side effects. When they are injected, they have to first cross the digestive system and later the liver, before they can enter the blood and produce effects. Passing the digestive system is no small trick and a lot of the steroid is destroyed. So, a large amount has to be taken so that a sufficient amount is left later to cause an effect.
The liver is a vital organ and a storehouse of important nutrients. Excessive intake of oral steroids may affect the performance of the liver.
The liver will try to remove these substances from the body. When the load increases, a lot of stress builds up on the liver. There can even be liver damage if the use of oral steroids is sustained for a long time. A large number of tablets may have to be injected at one time, which can affect their uptake.
Certain compounds are also added to oral steroids to increase their bioavailibility. Without this alteration, oral anabolic steroids may not pass metabolism, which can leave them unable to exert effect. These compounds may also damage the liver.
Athletes and body builders usually prefer steroid injections over the tablets. The health risk they pose is lesser. They do not have the chemical modifications of oral tablets. Instead, they possess esters which give them long-lasting effects. They do not have as many side effects as they don’t pass through the digestive system.
Bodybuilders, who have prolonged cycles, use steroid injections. Their half life is longer than that of oral steroids. This is the reason why athletes who take steroid injections are more likely to be caught by drug screening tests because of the longer clearance time. Some people bypass this problem by taking steroid injections early in the cycle and then switching to oral steroids, when their steroid cycle is ending and drug tests are going to be conducted.Steroid Cycle Results
Another disadvantage of injecting steroids is the pain. But there are many ways to minimize the pain. Some injection sites, like the glutes, have a lower number of nerve endings than say, the shoulders or legs. Some people may be tempted to inject the steroids into the lower part of the buttocks, reasoning that the area is very soft and can easily be penetrated. But note that the sciatic nerve passes near this area and if you puncture it, it can cause a lot of pain.
One of the best areas to inject is the upper quadrant of the buttocks, near the waist. But be careful so that you do not hit the pelvic bone. Feel the muscle and then inject. If you are injecting an oil based anabolic steroid, try holding the filled syringe under hot water. The viscosity of the oil will increase, which will enable it to transit smoothly into the muscle. If you are still afraid of the pain, you can desensitize the area with an ice cube. You can also slap the area which will numb it, loosening the muscle.