Anavar is by far the most popular steroid amongst females…and it isn't necessarily the butch bodybuilder types that are taking this cutting steroid either.
More and more females who simply want to lose weight/look toned and look fit are turning to anavar (oxandrolone). The days women wanted to look skinny are gone…we're now living in an age where women desire an athletic and lean body.
Equally, enhanced female bodybuilders who are prepping for a show are very likely to use anavar too, to get them as ripped as possible before stepping on stage.
Here are 4 reasons why women take anavar:
- You'll burn fat
- You'll gain strength/build muscle
- It doesn't make you look manly
- The side effects are mild
Anavar burns fat in 2 main ways. It has anti-glucocorticoid and insulin regulating effects.
By anti-glucocorticoid, this means that it reduces cortisol levels significantly. You probably already know about cortisol, but for those that don't…cortisol is a catabolic hormone and one of its roles in the body is to cause fat storage.
…in stubborn places.
So if your cortisol levels are high – you're going to add body fat in the places where you really struggle to lose it. For men this is usually at the bottom of the abdomen; for women it's generally in the hips/legs/bum areas.
On the flip side, if your cortisol levels drop significantly, you can expect enhanced fat burning…and that's exactly what anavar does.
Insulin is another hormone in the body and like cortisol, can cause the body to store fat. Anavar regulates insulin levels so they don't rise beyond a certain level; accelerating fat loss.
Gain Strength/Build Muscle
Anavar is ironically one of the best steroids for increasing strength, despite it being a cutting agent. It also has the ability to add lean muscle mass. This muscle-building effect in males is mild, but women CAN expect to gain good amounts of lean muscle.
…Although this won't be enough to turn you into she-hulk. You'll still look beautiful and feminine.
The reason for these strength and muscle gains is because anavar increases dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male androgen. When this hormone increases in women, it results in rapid increases in strength.
It Doesn't Make You Look Manly
The scientifical explanation for this is because – anavar is not a very powerful androgenic steroid.
This basically means that when a woman takes anavar, she won't develop masculine features like: more body hair, deepened voice and an enlarged clitoris (yuck!).
So unlike other steroids, women can confidently take anavar without worrying that they're going to wake up looking like their husband 2 weeks into their cycle.
Side Effects are Mild
The main side effects anavar poses is:
- Reduced libido (testosterone)
- Stress on the liver
The first side effect – reduced libido is a complaint usually made by men when they're testosterone levels get sapped post cycle. However women are unlikely to have this problem as they only have a fraction of men's testosterone to begin with.
…plus they're not usually sex maniacs!
The second side effect is that oral anavar can affect liver values in a negative way. This isn't regarded as a too serious issue as the liver is adept at recovering and healing itself post-cycle. However, if you love a cheeky bottle of red wine every evening, it would definitely be a good idea to cut that out of your diet when taking anavar.
If you do drink a lot of alcohol whilst taking anavar, the chances are your liver will recover because it can take one hell of a battering before it fails. However, it's best not to take chances like this and make sure your body remains as healthy as possible.
There are also natural liver support tablets you can take, such as milk thistle, that some choose to take during a cycle for maximum protection. Generally though, anavar won't tax your liver more than other steroids; due to it being a mild compound.
If you're not sure if your liver is healthy to begin with, it's always best to get a health check done before you think about taking any steroids to see if you have any underlying problems that can get worse.
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