Methenolone-Acetate is one of the most popular anabolic androgenic steroids of all time, and its popularity exists for two important reasons. First and foremost, this is one of the few anabolic steroids that can be used safely by both healthy adult men and women, and that is a rarity in the anabolic steroid world. Further, this is a steroid that has for decades been rumored to be Arnold Schwarzeneggerís favorite anabolic steroid of all time, and on that basis alone many have a strong desire for the compound. This ďArnold FactorĒ has been enough to give the compound almost a mystical persona, and while itís often overstated and drastically exaggerated thereís no denying this is one truly beneficial and valuable anabolic steroidal compound.
As you might have imagined, due to the popularity of this steroid it is one of the most commonly counterfeited anabolic steroids of all time; in-fact, it may be the single most commonly counterfeited on the market. Of course, this popularity has also driven the price up fairly high, and it may indeed be one of the most expensive anabolic steroids you ever purchase. Does the price justify the benefits? Probably not, this increase in price is often far past what we could deem fair, but itís still an excellent choice if you can afford it, and if you can avoid the counterfeit market. Based on this excellence, one of the reasons we can give it such a label is due to its toleration among both sexes; both men and women can supplement with Methenolone-Acetate without any adverse effects if their supplementation practices are of a proper and responsible nature.
Beyond these factors, there are two important notes we must mention before we fully dive in; Methenolone-Acetate is most commonly found in an oral tablet form known by its most popular trade name Primobolan. Primobolan can also be found as an injectable steroid, and usually as Methenolone-Enanthate; injectable Methenolone-Acetate is available, but it can be a bit rare and hard to find. With all of this in mind, our focus will be on the oral Acetate version; letís dive in and see what we can find.
Methenolone-Acetate is potent Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) anabolic steroidal compound; Methenolone being the steroid and Acetate the ester. Carrying an anabolic rating of 88 and an androgenic rating of 57, Methenolone-Acetate will display both anabolic and androgenic traits; however, the androgenic activity that translates into real life action is slightly less than the rating implies; this is one of the reasons women can supplement with it. Like most DHT anabolic steroids, Methenolone-Acetate will not aromatize, and like most oral anabolic steroids its effects will be of a fairly fast nature.
Of course, as you recall from above, one of the last things we told you is the Methenolone hormone can be found in both an injectable and oral tablet form, and on a per milligram basis the injectable version is more portent; in-fact, the potency difference is tremendous. The reason for such a vast gap is the existing nature of Methenolone-Acetate; as an oral steroid, this is one of the only oral anabolic steroids that is not C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa), and this creates a problem. The problem is simple; the C17-aa nature refers to a structural change of a hormone at the 17th carbon position, and this allows it to survive the first pass through the liver. Without such a structural change, the majority of the compound would be destroyed by the liver before it could be used by the body, and as Methenolone-Acetate lacks such a nature thatís exactly what happens. This is why we said it is less potent on a per milligram basis as compared to the injectable Depot version, and on this basis a much larger dosing must be taken in-order to receive the desired amount of beneficial Methenolone. While this may sound only like a problem, it also provides a tremendous benefit; C17-aa anabolic steroids carry a hepatotoxic nature; the toxicity will vary from one C17-aa steroid to the next, but it will exist. In the case of Methenolone-Acetate, as it lacks the C17-aa nature it is not toxic to the liver, and thatís a very valuable trait.
Then we have the traits, and without question the two primary traits of Methenolone-Acetate are nitrogen retention and androgen binding. Metenolone binds very well to the androgen receptor, and anabolic steroids that do this will actually promote fat-loss directly. Then we have nitrogen retention, and this is a steroid that promotes such retention better than most anabolic steroids. This is important, as improper retention leads to a catabolic state, but when levels are enhanced the total anabolic atmosphere is greatly increased, and in this case, in a strong and significant manner. These two traits may not sound like much, but theyíre strong enough to transform any physique.
The Benefits of Methenolone-Acetate:
When it comes to the benefits of Methenolone-Acetate, we must discuss them for men and women in separate categories; this will make sense as we go along. For the male athlete, Methenolone-Acetate is not a great choice for off-season gains; this is common with most DHT based steroids with the exception of Oxymetholone (Anadrol). The Methenolone hormone is simply not strong enough to promote a significant mass increase; in-fact, when it comes to mass promotion it has largely been proven inefficient in treating muscle wasting diseases. Even so, Methenolone-Acetate can be used in a bulking cycle as an addition to an already efficient plan; in simple terms as a supplement to your supplemental steroid use. It can enhance the benefits youíre already receiving, but there are truly better routes to take in most cases; especially when we consider the expensive nature of this steroid. While itís not the best bulking steroid for men, where it will truly shine is with cutting use; in-fact, many of the benefits in a cutting cycle will be similar to the DHT compound Drostanolone-Propionate (Masteron). You will greatly preserve lean tissue when calories are restricted as well as strength, and of course, due to the metabolic enhancing properties you will burn fat at a higher and more efficient rate. No, itís not going to possess the hardening effects of Masteron or Trenbolone, but it can be an excellent steroid leading up to the finishing touches.
Then we have women, and everything that was said about the benefits of Methenolone-Acetate as it pertains to male cutting cycles can be said here; however, bulking is a different story. As women are far more sensitive to the Methenolone hormone than men, and more sensitive to anabolic steroids in general it can provide significant muscle tissue growth in an off-season phase. Further, this is a steroid that carries a low virilization rating compared to most anabolic steroids; virilization is possible, but the odds are in your favor if responsible use is adhered to. As it pertains to responsible use, regardless of the purpose of supplementation most women will need to limit Methenolone-Acetate supplementation to five or six weeks max; some may find four weeks to be enough. Of course, due to the individualistic nature of all human beings, some women may find they fall prey to a poor response, and if they do virilization may occur; however, all hope is not lost as we will shortly see in the side-effects section.
The Side-Effects of Methenolone-Acetate:
If itís an anabolic androgenic steroid, it is going to carry possible adverse side-effects, and Methenolone-Acetate makes no exception. Of course, it must be stated; if you put it into your body, a steroid or not itís going to carry possible adverse side-effects; even Aspirin and Vitamin-C carry possible adverse side-effects. In the case of Methenolone-Acetate, fortunately this is one of the most side-effect friendly anabolic steroids on the market; even so, they are possible and you must be aware. As a DHT compound, like most DHT compounds estrogenic related side-effects are not an issue; after all, Primobolan in any form does not aromatize. This means gynecomastia and water retention is impossible with this steroid, and it is also a little easier on blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Even so, if your doses are too high and you eat like trash you may find your levels increase; even more so if youíre genetically predisposed to such levels. For this reason, living a healthy lifestyle is important, and it should always be important regardless of anything else, but when it comes to performance enhancement it should be even more so; after all, a healthy lifestyle promotes greater performance.
As for the actual side-effects themselves, if you are sensitive to acne, like all DHT compounds Methenolone-Acetate can cause breakouts; especially on the back and shoulders, and in some cases the chest; it can spread to the face, but this is a bit rarer. For this reason, it is imperative you keep your skin clean and dry at all times, and if you truly have a problem you may find you need to avoid DHT compounds. Beyond acne, men who are predisposed to male-pattern baldness may lose some of their hair; they were going to lose it any way, but the Methenolone-Acetate may speed it up. Finasteride can be used to combat this issue, but if youíre a man who is not predisposed you will not lose the first hair on your head; it truly is genetically dependent.
Beyond these issues, as a DHT compound prostate enlargement can be a concern; after all, a DHT buildup of a significant nature will cause a problem. Even so, this will normally take large doses for extended periods of time, and if your prostate is healthy before supplementation, if you supplement responsibly you shouldnít have a problem. It must be noted; if you already suffer from prostate issues you should not supplement with Methenolone-Acetate or any anabolic androgenic steroid. Then we have an effect that is often misunderstood, and it revolves around testosterone suppression. If it is an anabolic steroid, in most cases it will suppress your natural testosterone production; the total suppression will vary from steroid to steroid, but in most cases there will be suppression. It is often believed by many that the Methenolone hormone does not suppress natural testosterone production, or more commonly that it is only mildly suppressive; this simply isnít true. Hereís the truth; all Methenolone or Primobolan compounds will suppress your natural testosterone production. How suppressive is it? A mere 25mg will suppress approximately 50% of your natural testosterone production, and as such, some form of exogenous testosterone supplementation is advised.
Then we have the female virilization effects; virilization referring to the promotion of masculine traits in women; such effects can include body-hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement. For this reason, staying in the time frame of use mentioned in the benefits section is extremely important, and low doses should be used as well. If you do this, most women will be fine, but if virilization symptoms begin to show for any reason all hope is not lost. If symptoms begin to show, you should discontinue use at their onset, and if you do they will fade away rapidly. If they are ignored, this is where a problem will occur, and you may be stuck with them for the rest of your life.