Hormonal drugs are used to treat women, and quite often. Primarily in the treatment of cancer. But even in this case, with the appointment of hormonal drugs by doctors and strict medical control, it is not always possible to avoid such a phenomenon as virilization, not to mention the uncontrolled use of androgens and anabolic steroids.
In the past, women were often prescribed anabolic steroids to treat anemia, osteoporosis, cachexia and even depression.
Most bodybuilding and fitness professionals take anabolic steroids because the hormonal and physiological properties of the female body do not bring relief and preserve muscle mass naturally.
- muscle hypertrophy
- fat burning
- increased strength and endurance.
- increased self-confidence and self-esteem (androgenic drugs have a pronounced psychotropic effect)
- increased libido and sexual activity, increased clitoral sensitivity
The safe dosage range of anabolic steroids is individual and very varied. The size of the dose also depends on the physiological characteristics of the body: body weight, percentage of body fat, genetic characteristics of metabolism, nutritional conditions and the external environment. It should be emphasized that the use of strong drugs should take place under the supervision of a doctor, while the risk of side effects remains even when using the minimum doses.
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Not all anabolic steroids are equally harmful to the female body. Some of them are specially designed for use by women and children. These include Oxandrolone and Methenolone, better known as Primobolan. Most often, mono courses (with one drug) or combinations with nonandrogenic fat burners are used. The duration of the courses is selected individually depending on the body’s response and, as a rule, does not exceed 1-1.5 months.
It is clear that the use of aromatase inhibitors in women makes no sense. In addition, the decrease in estrogen levels leads to the intensification of virilization phenomena.
The estrogen receptor blockers Clomid (clomiphene citrate) and tamoxifen are used as post-cycle therapy.
In addition to such a drug as Aminoglutethimide (Orimethen, Cytadren), in particular, both Clomid and Tamoxifen are widely used in medical practice in the treatment of tumors in women. Both drugs allow you to adjust the hormonal background, changing the “Estradiol / Testosterone” ratio in favor of the latter. The doses can be the same as for men.
There is often information about the use of aminoglutethimide. Aminoglutethimide is not only an aromatase inhibitor, but also inhibits the biosynthesis of estrogens and cortisol, which means it has an anti-catabolic effect.
Side effects of steroids in women
- Male hair growth (including alopecia)
- Voice deepening
- Facial features of men
- Overgrowth of the clitoris
- Atrophy of the mammary glands
- Menstrual disorders
- Mood swings and “steroid attack”
- Vaginal discharge
- Violation of immunity
It is also possible to develop pathologies of the cardiovascular system, liver damage (with the use of hepatotoxic drugs). Anabolic steroids lead to a decrease in the secretion of gonadotropic hormones, which is why post-cycle therapy with tamoxifen or its analogues is required.