Any bodybuilder worth their salt would be fuming at the title of this blog post.
Starting with an oral only cycle isn’t looked upon too kindly by the veterans, we tell ya.
The likeliest reply that you will get is that Testosterone is the most basic, anabolic compound that you should be starting off with.
It should definitely not be an oral steroid like Anavar.
Yet, there are thousands of wannabe steroid users who are on the fence about testosterone for various reasons and who consider starting off their AAS journeys with Anavar.
Some don’t want to pin frequently. Others are too concerned about losing their hair. There are some who feel that using Test amplifies the risk of androgenic side effects.
If you think about it, all these are valid arguments in certain scenarios. For example, if you are a fitness model or an actor who cannot risk losing their hair, no matter how remote the possibility of that occurring.
Or you are a woman who wishes to avoid the androgenic side effects that come with testosterone.
In such situations, Anavar might be a safer compound to go with. But there are some caveats that come with it.
Let’s take a look at some pros and cons.
#1 – Anavar promotes dry gains
Anavar or Oxandrolone is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derivative oral steroid, commonly known as a 17C-AA steroid.
It has all the common traits associated with a DHT based steroid, which means that it increases protein synthesis and helps the user gain lean muscle.
However, unlike testosterone, the gains made on Anavar have very little water retention. Subsequently, this also means that there is no risk of high blood pressure.
In fact, this is one of the primary reasons why most fitness models would opt for Anavar over a stronger and better compound like Deca Durabolin. It is extremely effective at protecting lean muscle even when you are in an extreme calorie deficit.
The lack of water retention is because Anavar does not aromatize, which brings us to the next and most important benefit.
#2 – There is no risk of Gynecomastia
Since it does not aromatize, there is no conversion of the steroid into Estrogen, which completely eliminates the risk of gynecomastia.
There are many other steroids which do not aromatize, like Trenbolone for example.
But Tren has a strong progestin nature which keeps the risk of gyno alive and most users would use Caber to negate this risk.
But Anavar is not a progestin either.
In simple terms, you cannot get gyno if you are using Anavar alone.
Sounds very desirable, doesn’t it?
#3 – Anavar burns fat
One of the perks of using a strong DHT based compound is that it will enhance lipolysis. However, the extent to which a compound boosts fat loss varies considerably.
Anavar is considered to be one of the best compounds for a body recomp because it rapidly trims down fat, particularly from the belly area while increasing lean muscle mass.
There are different theories on why this might be the case. Some experts believe that it has to do with Oxandrolone’s ability to increase the production of thyroxine-binding prealbumin, which in turn amplifies the usage of T3 or triiodothyronine.
#4 – Anavar makes you more vascular
The veins will start to pop out as you lose fat and build muscle. In some people, the vascularity is so pronounced that they can compare it with the dry look that Winstrol or Masteron gives.
Anavar also causes crazy muscle pumps by week 2 or 3 of the usage. You will look leaner with fuller muscles.
#5 – It makes you stronger
While it isn’t the go-to compound for increasing strength, Anavar does give a nice boost to your lifts which is beneficial irrespective of whether you are bulking or cutting.
#6 – Anavar is considered one of the ‘safest’ compounds for female athletes
For females, Anavar might be the one of the best anabolic steroids that they can use. It’s well tolerated, has minimal side effects and produces enough results to warranty the use.
Since a Testosterone shut down doesn’t come into the picture, most females starting with steroids are asked to do it with a low-dose of Anavar.
The risk of virilization is extremely low unless you are very sensitive to the androgenic sides.
The Negatives of using Anavar alone
Like we said, there are some caveats that come with using Anavar solo if you are a male.
And if you weigh the risks to the rewards, you will notice that it’s not a smart choice at all.
#1 – You may lose the gains that you make
Anavar will either suppress you by 80-90% or it will shut you down completely by week 2 or 3.
Testosterone shut down is one of the worst experiences in the world. You will feel sluggish, lethargic, demotivated and will have no will to haul your ass to the gym.
More importantly, any mild gains that you make during the cycle will be lost when you come off the compound because your body cannot hold on to it.
Hence, it is always better to use Anavar with at least a TRT-level dose of Testosterone. This way, your body will continue to function normally even if its shut down.
#2 – It is hepatotoxic
Anavar is an oral steroid and every oral steroid is liver toxic. The extent of damage that it can do to your liver depends greatly on your existing health and the dosage that you take.
Most people can get away with normal Anavar cycles as long as they don’t have any preexisting conditions and are using liver supplements during the cycle.
#3 – It can cause Virilization
The risk of virilization in females is very low indeed when using Oxandrolone. But the risk does exist.
Some percentage of females who are very sensitive to androgens will experience virilization even at low doses of Anavar.
Discontinuing the usage immediately should reverse the symptoms though.
#4 – There’s a high possibility that the Anavar you buy is fake
Coming to the biggest challenge while buying Anavar from an Underground lab, counterfeiting.
Anavar is one of the most expensive anabolic steroids and it is frequently laced with other compounds like Dianabol and Superdrol.
This increases the risk of experiencing side effects that aren’t common with Anavar, like Gynecomastia or High Blood Pressure.
Like we said, there are both pros and cons to starting a solo cycle of Oxandrolone.
Is it worth the cost, the risks and the sides?
Will you do a solo Anavar cycle when gram by gram, you will get much better results with plain old Testosterone?
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