It is five times as anabolic as testosterone, but only a fifth as androgenic. These properties make this compound a great choice for women because it can be taken at a low dose without the side effects that accompany other highly androgenic steroids that cause masculinity effects in women. This drug was first marketed under the trade name Anavar. Oxandrolone was primarily designed for use in women and children for treating disorders that cause involuntary muscle loss while promoting muscle growth. This anabolic steroid is extremely popular among those participating in weight-based sports and body building as Anavar is second to none when it comes to possessing lean muscle building qualities and promoting huge strength gains and fat loss effects. This performance enhancing drug is also commonly used for achieving mass, fat loss, lean muscle, and strength gains and is often stacked with testosterone enanthate, injectable Winstrol, Oral Winstrol, and Sustanon 250. Some of the other legal anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs with which it can be stacked are Trenbolone and Primbolan.
Oxandrolone is a synthetic anabolic steroid that is a dihydrotestosterone derivative with an oxygen atom replacing the 2 carbon and methylation in the 17 position. Unlike most 17-alpha alkylated steroids, this drug’s toxicity level is, relatively speaking, mild. This tends to be a major factor contributing to Oxandrolone’s popularity. Since this oral steroid is a DHT derivative it will not convert to estrogen. There is little to no water retention with the use of Oxandrolone, and this has made this a drug of choice with athletes that compete in weight classes.
Oxandrolone was surprisingly discontinued in 1989 due to bad publicity after a report of being abused by bodybuilders. This drug seemed to be the safest being used for burn victims and HIV/AIDS patients to slow muscle wasting. It would have seemed more logical to stop the production of more dangerous steroids that were being abused instead of Oxandrolone, but that was not the case. Oxandrolone was later picked up by Savient Pharmaceuticals in 1995 under the trade name Oxandrin.
Oxandrolone has remained popular but has been a highly counterfeited drug due to the high price of raw materials. Stanozolol (Winstrol) has often been the drug used to replace Oxandrolone when it is counterfeited due to much cheaper prices, and similarities in gains. People will generally experience more side effects with Winstrol, especially with women. Raw material prices have dropped dramatically with China and India becoming such a large part of the steroid market and this has resulted in less counterfeits than ever before with this drug.
Oxandrolone is not known for packing on as much muscle mass as some other more androgenic steroids, but it will increase muscle density, hardness, and strength that is very noticeable in women, especially if they have never used anabolic steroids in the past. As with all anabolic steroids, dosage is key with maximizing gains and minimizing side effects. Oxandrolone can be dosed pretty low for women to see noticeable changes.
When starting Oxandrolone for the first time, a woman would generally start out with about 5mg per day split up into to 2, 2.5mg doses with about 8 hours in between each dose. If there are no side effects such as moodiness or acne with this dose, then the dose can probably be increased to 10mg per day. When taking 10mg per day, it will be split into 2 even doses with 8 hours in between as well.
Women seem to be much more sensitive to anabolic steroids than men, and they will often experience the most side effects, especially with highly androgenic compounds. With that being said, I feel that Oxandrolone would be the best choice if a woman decides to step over the line and turn to anabolic steroids. There are many other drugs out there that women do take to increase performance, and in doing so they often sacrifice femininity.