Am I old enough?
Yes if you are over 21, No if you are under 21. You have the potential risks of premature closing of growth plates and that means you will not get any taller and your shoulders will not get wider, etc. if you are using steroids way too young. Your hormonal system is also at a important stage in your life, which will anyway supply you with a lot of natural testosterone naturally.

Obviously there are other factors for example workout practical experience of the person. For instance, it could be foolish for a 26 year old who has been working out just a couple months to want to use anabolic steroids. Training and meal plan knowledge will tend to be very little (they need to be 100% in order to make proper use of a steroid cycle). And also, there’ll be huge potential for natural gains, without the need of steroids!

I don’t like needles, can I just take tablets?
You decide to use steroids, now the the next step to make a decision is whether you should take pills or inject? What’s the difference? Let’s look at each in turn: Well the most obvious difference is that one is ingested, the other one is injected. But let’s be a little more clear; most orals are hepatotoxic (i.e. toxic on the liver). Because the pill travels throughout the body it goes by by the gastro-intestinal tract, then to liver which has a mission to destroy it, thus stopping the steroid from getting into the circulatory system. Because of this, scientiests replaced the hydrogen atom with a carbon atom to the 17th position of the steroid molecule, which for the most part, will enable the steroid to survive the first pass hepatic metabolism. This process is commonly called 17-alpha alkylation.

Although this alkylation is pleasing for the athlete when it comes to enhancing the bio-availability of the oral anabolic steroid, it does but, place undur stress on the liver. Liver values (a couple of indicators that are used to determine liver function) may be raised while using 17-aa steroids and therefore, they are generally used moderately to improve an injectable steroid cycle. Certain supplements are usually used for liver safety:

  • Milk Thistle
  • SAMe
  • ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)
  • Liv52

Injectable Steroids aren’t for intravenous use (in to the vein). This could cause really serious harm and even death. They must be injected intramuscularly (into the muscle) thus prevents the ‘first pass’ through the liver; though some the harder steroids will place stress on the kidneys in large dosages.

There are 2 main different kinds of injectable steroids: Water or oil based. Water based steroids are metabolised rapidly, requiring frequent (often daily) injections. Oil based steroids are released more slowly to the bloodstream and are usually injected one or two times weekly.

Where do I inject steroids?
You should inject into the gluteus maximus muscle. A good, sterile technique is really worth emphasising since this can prevent incidents including abcesses to death (yes, it is really that critical!). If the correct method is applied, then the occurrence of abcesses could be substancially minimized and death is prevented totally.

Detailed guidelines are available with the following website link:

Glutes and quads would be the regular spots for injections since they’re large muscles, though other spots may be used, particularly for heavier steroid cycles where there is a higher amount of oil being used weekly.

What’s a steroid Ester?
A Steroid Ester means the chain of carbons attached to the steroid molecule at the 17th position. The longer the chain, the higher the time taken for the anabolic steroid to be released into your bloodstream. Testosterone propionate, for instance, is a quite short chain ester and thus makes the parent hormone fast acting and needing more frequent injections. The contrary is the case for longer chain esters e.g. testosterone enanthate, testosterone cypionate, undecanoate.

What should I take?
One particular beginner steroid cycle is likely to be 8 weeks of testosterone at 500mg each week and 4 weeks of Dianabol at 25mg daily. This makes use of one injectable steroid and one oral steroid. The testosterone can be injected twice per week, i.e. one amp. of 250mg on Monday, and other one on Thursday.
When shall I take it?
It makes simply no difference what time of day you inject. Whatever you wish.

Injection frequency – Target Monday/Thursday for prolonged acting esters (sustanon, test. enanthate, test. cypionate, deca durabolin). These could be injected only once weekly for the needle-afraid, though twice is better for blood concentration levels.

Dianabol can be taken daily and, as it has a short half life of just a few hours, they are split through the day, every 4 hours or so. Take them with meals to prevent possible gastro-intestinal discomfort.

What will I gain?
Almost impossible to respond, as everyone is different, and there are numerous variables that may impact the amount of gains observed such as:

  • Type of anabolic steroid and used amount
  • Length of steroid cycle
  • Cycle experience – early career cycles usually yield greater gains purely since there is greater scope for the gains
  • Workout, diet plan & rest!

What is a Frontload / Kickstart?
A ‘frontload’ is used to achieve peak blood concentration levels much faster than would normally be possible. Double your regular weekly dose will be injected in the first week or two, based on the drug’s certain half-life (the half life is the time taken for your body to metabolise and excrete half of the drug). Therefore if your cycle was to use 500mg testosterone cypionate each week, you’d frontload 1,000mg through the first week.

An oral ‘kickstart’ means using a fast acting oral steroid until your injectables reach their peak, i.e. 30mg of Dianabol taken for the first 4 weeks.

What are Anti-Estrogens?
Certain steroids aromatise to estrogen through the aromatase enzyme which can cause unwanted side effects. Estrogen, is the major female hormone. By using anti-Estrogens you can prevent experiencing estrogenic side effects for example water retention and gyno (explained below). Proviron and Anastrozole (Arimidex) attempt to halt the aromatisation from occurring. Nolvadex however, will inhabit the estrogen receptor which renders much of the existing circulating estrogen inert.

The various anti-E ancillaries are therefore generally used to counter negative side effects of anabolic steroid usage. Selection of ancillary depends upon many factors including:

  • Anabolic Steroids used & dosage/length of cycle
  • Susceptibility of user to sides (if already known)
  • Levels of risk and side effects an individual deems acceptable
  • Any existing problems

What’s Gyno?
Gynecomastia is the develop of glandular tissue underneath the breast, and is an estrogenic side effect. Swollen, itchy or sore nipples are usually early symptoms. This problem is often known by the slang term ‘bitch tits’. Established gyno will most likely require surgery for correction – obviously, ‘prevention is better than the cure!’

What’s PCT?
PCT refers to Post Cycle Therapy, and it is what you do when you have finished your cycle to bring back natural testosterone production. This really is important if you wish to have a high probability of retaining gains. Clomid (Clomiphene), Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and sometimes HCG (Pregnyl) are often the drugs used for pct. See this post: Clomid, Nolvadex and HCG in PCT
to find out more.

However, you must realize that when you finish Post Cycle Therapy it doesn’t means that recovery is achieved. You are simply using the PCT drugs to kickstart your system into action, with the actual recovery process takes several weeks, sometimes months to complete. Some prefer to gauge recovery from subjective things like libido, though eventually for a a lot more accurate picture, a simple blood test will likely be needed, mentioned in more detail down below.

How about pre-steroid use blood tests?
It can’t be stressed enough the need for getting certain blood test results before beginning steroids. These personal baseline numbers serve multiple reasons. Firstly, they could show critical in revealing any underlying health problems that may not be previously known. Should this be the case, it’ll figure out whether the person feels that they should stay away from steroids entirely, or hold off use until such time where it seems health is superior. Also, numerous facets of blood readings can be affected by steroids, it is essential that you’ve pre-steroid use values in order that comparisons can be made to baseline, which will give a valuable understanding of how ‘recovery’ is moving on. Such blood work can be obtained in the strictest confidence with neither the tests nor the results being disclosed to your GP.

Will this cycle have any effect on my sexual drive?
You’ll become a porn star! You’ll think about it 24/7! Generally you’ll feel like a Sex God! Joking aside, you should generally experience an boost in libido specially if using strong androgenic steroids, though effects between individuals do vary. If do you experience any lack of interest, or you experience issues having an erection (well known with certain steroids), the ancillary Proviron is usually used as a counter active measure.

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Matthew Lapham

Matthew Lapham is a distinguished expert in the field of oral anabolic steroids, known for his deep understanding and ethical approach to performance enhancement. Holding a PhD in Biochemistry with a focus on metabolic pathways, Matthew has dedicated his career to researching and educating on the safe use of steroids. As both a prolific author and critical reviewer, he contributes extensively to reputable journals and conferences, advocating for informed and responsible practices.