Q: What are the best anabolic steroid for women? Are Anavar and Primobolan the best bets to minimize masculinizing side effects?
A: It may seem surprising but IMO Anadrol (oxymetholone) is a good choice for women who wish to be conservative yet have very effective results.
I donít specialize in cycles for women and donít choose to involve myself with it ó it almost only happens when the wife of someone Iím working with wants to use some anabolic steroids as well ó but I havenít seen 25 mg/day in divided doses go wrong yet.
Medically, youíd be astonished at the doses women and even girls have taken with very low virilization rates. So anyway, contrary to what intuition might suggest, Anadrol is not one of the riskier choices for women.
That aside, 15 mg/day of Anavar (oxandrolone) will be virilizing in quite a few cases. Probably about 5 mg/day of oxandrolone is comparable to 25 mg/day Anadrol (divided doses) for risk.
Primobolan up to 50 mg/week, divided injections, is a common and reasonable choice, but has some risk: not a particularly high rate though.
I first learned of [Anadrol for women] from Dan Duchaine. In the earlier parts of Denise Rutkowskiís career, he had her on 25 mg/day Anadrol. I donít think Iím disclosing a secret here because he also published this. She obviously did very well with it and at that point she was not virilized at all. So from him mentioning this to me, I looked further into it.
The medical doses are pretty astonishing. The reason that 50 mg is the tablet size is because thatís the standard minimal medical dose, including for women and children! It used to be used extensively for improving red blood cell count.
Iím sure I could find it again, and Iíve posted it before, but thereís at least one paper in the literature reporting doses used for quite a large number of women and reporting low incidence of any side effects. And these doses were often more than 50 mg/day. Sometimes much more.
And further, personally Iíve never seen 25 mg/day go wrong.
Iím not saying it canít: you see some women developing hoarse voices and facial hair naturally with time, so there must be some women that are right on the edge. But generally speaking, this is a conservative dose, yet quite effective.
The mg amount that women can tolerate of Anadrol is markedly higher than any other anabolic steroid. However, that said, itís also true that effect per mg is less, but not enough so to make up the safety difference IMO. I would put 25 mg/day Anadrol (in divided doses) up against 50 mg/week Primo any time for effectiveness and itís at least equally conservative.
Another thing about Anadrol thatís remarkable is that other anabolic steroids are very easily disruptive of the menstrual cycle. Even dosages such as 2.5 mg oxandrolone 2x/day commonly raise issues. Anadrol however medically has shown often only moderate effect on the menstrual cycle at 50 mg/day, and in my too-limited experience with it (as I generally donít work with women on steroid cycles) 25 mg/day only lightened and shortened the cycles slightly. Remarkably less disruptive.
As a rough rule of thumb: take a dosage that would be quite moderate for a man, nearly the minimum likely to be recommended that could still give reasonable results for a novice, then divide by 10 to have something thatís moderate but effective for a woman.
(I donít mean effective in the womenís pro bodybuilding sense.)
For each individual steroid, my suggested mild-but-effective dosage range may differ from the above slightly, and of course the above also is only approximate because there will be diffferent opinions as to what would be moderate for a man. But if having nothing else to work with, if you see or are considering a dosage and want to do a quick ďreality check,Ē the above can help. For example, say that someone is proposing EQ at 100 mg/week. Multiply by 10, and our comparison would be to 1000 mg/week of EQ for a man. Thatís well above being a mild cycle. So we can see at a glance that this EQ dose is off, without having had to remember specific values for each steroid.
Iíd also take Winstrol out of the equation, as itís possible (Iím not certain) it has a somewhat worse benefits/risk ratio for women than most other anabolic steroids.
Also in general Iíd forget stacking for women.
Returning to the stacks you asked about, and in general to anabolic steroids other than Anadrol for women:
I canít say that it couldnít possibly be that some stacking method might give better ratio of muscle gain to side effects, but as to whether we know what that is, thatís another question entirely. The best understood uses are single-drug, and single-drug works fine. Primo or Anadrol are my top two choices for bodybuilding and fitness; oxandrolone is also acceptable but must be lower dosed than those two; for quality of life enhancement, very very low dose testosterone works fine.