Anavar and Testosterone is a commonly used combination by bodybuilders who take illegal steroids. It is used for burning fat and increasing muscle mass simultaneously.
Users also experience a high increase in strength gains due to the rise in DHT.
However, these drugs are not only illegal but their combination can lead to serious health-related side effects.
In this article, we will outline the most common health risks and suggest legal and safe alternatives instead.
Anavar and Test Cycle
- Hair loss
- Increase in blood pressure
- Liver damage
Due to test and anavar causing DHT levels to rise, you may experience some thinning of the hair on your scalp. How much thinning will depend on your genetics and how sensitive you are to anabolic steroids.
However, after your cycle, your hair is likely to thicken again once your hormones regulate back to normal. If you’re anxious about losing any hair on anavar/testosterone – you can supplement with a DHT-blocking supplement such as finasteride or saw palmetto. Or you can use a caffeine shampoo, which has proven to increase the lifespan of hair follicles on your scalp.
Increase in Blood Pressure
Anavar is a mild compound, thus it’s uncommon for users to notice any major side effects (when used in moderate doses for short periods of time). Testosterone is a compound you have to be more careful when taking, as it will cause your cholesterol levels to shift in a negative way (LDL levels increasing), causing a spike in blood pressure.
This can result in an elevated body temperature, causing excessive sweating or a flushed look to your skin.
Certain supplements can help lower your LDL cholesterol levels, or bring your blood pressure back down to normal. Here’s a few that may help:
- Folic acid
If you plan on taking anavar/testosterone, it’s important to get regular check ups with your doctor so they can monitor your BP. There are also blood pressure kits you can buy online, enabling you to monitor your levels even more frequently.
Gyno can happen on testosterone, especially if you’re taking high doses or exceptionally long cycles (12+ weeks). This is because test will cause your testosterone levels to skyrocket, which in turn causes estrogen levels to rise. High estrogen levels are the culprit for the accumulation of breast tissue in males.
How likely you are to experience gyno will also depend on your genetic make-up i.e. how much estrogen your body naturally produces. The more E you naturally produce, the more likely you are to experience ‘man boobs’ whilst on anabolic steroids.
There’s also reports of people experiencing gyno, whilst taking anavar. This can come as a surprise to users as anavar decreases testosterone levels. However, studies confirm anavar may alter your hormones in a way which can cause an estrogen dominance, as boys who were given oxandrolone had more incidences of gyno.
If you’re concerned about gyno, you can take anti-estrogen’s to reduce the likelihood of this occurring. Clomid and Nolvadex are the 2 most common drugs bodybuilders use to battle gynecomastia.
Anavar is not particularly hepatotoxic and thus is unlikely to cause liver failure on its own. However, it can cause raised liver values if taking a high enough dose for extended periods of time.
Oral testosterone however is toxic on the liver and long-term use can cause liver failure, especially if there isn’t adequate time in-between cycles for the liver to recover.
The liver is a very resilient organ, that actually can experience a lot of damage and still not fail. However, if you want to reduce your chances of experiencing any liver problems from your cycle, consider the following:
- Eliminate (or cut down) alcohol consumption
- Milk thistle supplement
- Artichoke leaf supplement
If you’re using test and anavar together to build muscle, you’ll be cutting yourself short by not adding any other bulking steroids to your stack.
Trenbolone or dianabol would be worthy additions, which will take your muscle gains to another level.
However, if you’re a newbie and want to get ripped – an anavar and test cycle will be an effective stack. This could also be a suitable beginner cycle, assuming you keep the dosing low-moderate.
If you’d like to burn even more fat and get more shredded, you could run clenbuterol alongside anavar/testosterone. Clen will enable you to burn more calories than usual, via the process of thermogenesis, turbocharging fat loss.
Clenbuterol won’t result in any mass/size gains in humans (it can in animals), thus it’s typically used when cutting and is commonly taken with anavar. Don’t take clenbuterol if you have any heart problems though as it’s known to significantly increase blood pressure due to additional adrenaline output.
How Long to Cycle For?
Bodybuilders typically take 40-100mg of anavar a day, and 300-500mg of testosterone enanthate per week.
Testosterone is usually administered for 12 weeks, and anavar for 8 weeks.
Stacking testosterone with anavar like this will keep your testosterone levels high; as opposed to them plummeting from an anavar-only cycle.
Your dosage will depend on your experience. If you’re new to steroids and this is your first cycle, it’d be wise to take a low dose. If you’re an experienced steroid-user your body will be used to AAS, and thus a higher dose is better tolerated.
Anavar & Testosterone Cycle – Recommended?
If you’re a beginner or just someone wary of steroids’ dangerous side effects, an anavar and test cycle is a sensible choice. Also if you want to build muscle (but not huge amounts), this could be an effective duo to take.
However, if you’re looking for significant muscle gains you might be left a little disappointed, as testosterone can only do so much on its own. You’d need to add a powerful steroid like dianabol, trenbolone or anadrol into this cycle if your goal is to get build a lot of size.
In conclusion, you’re likely to burn a considerable amount of fat on anavar and test, build some muscle, enhance your muscle tone and increase vascularity.
Note: If cutting, it’s recommended to eat in a calorie deficit whilst taking test/anavar, as this will enhance fat loss.
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