Oxandrolone will cause users to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously. However, Oxandrolone won’t produce exceptional fat loss when used alone as a cutting steroid. Instead, fat loss is mostly achieved via a person’s diet, thus eating in a calorie deficit.
In clinical settings, Oxandrolone has burned 4lbs of fat over a 12 weeks period on a moderate dose of 20mg per day (in men).
When you compare this to the 7lbs of muscle gained by these men, it’s easier to understand why some bodybuilders use Oxandrolone during bulking cycles. Women may gain more muscle than this, due to their endogenous testosterone production being much lower than men.
For an anabolic steroid, Oxandrolone’s results are relatively mild. However, the results are still good enough for gym-goers and bodybuilders to regularly implement Anavar into their cycles.
For best results when bulking, it would be wise to stack Oxandrolone with another compound such as testosterone. This will produce superior results, in regards to size and mass gained.
When cutting, Oxandrolone will strip away fat, whilst increasing muscle size and strength. If a very aggressive low-calorie diet is implemented, bodybuilders may simply retain their lean mass (instead of adding new muscle tissue). Bodybuilders often worry about losing muscle size and strength whilst cutting, thus Oxandrolone prevents this from happening, easing their anxiety.
Why Men Need to Run a PCT on Oxandrolone?
The main goal of PCT is to resume the production of endogenous testosterone. This is done to protect the experience gained from the cycle. It provides optimal physiological and psychological well-being and ensures that your hormones function normally.
Oxandrolone lowers natural testosterone levels, but it is not possible to completely shut down testosterone.
Previously, we cited a study that found that men who drank 20mg a day for 12 weeks had a 45% decrease in testosterone levels. This normal cycle lasted 6-8 weeks (for men). From this study we can conclude that natural testosterone production is much higher if the average dose / cycle is performed.
Thus, some people who engage in Oxandrolone cycles may not use PCT and wait for natural testosterone to recover. This usually lasts 1-4 months.
However, if the user combines Oxandrolone with other anabolic steroids, the effect of this step will intensify; Develop the strategy proposed for PCT. Alternatively, if the user does not want to wait several months, PCT can be added to reduce this recovery time.
The most serious PCT:
- hCG – 2000 IU for 20 days (taken every 2 days)
- Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) – 20 mg x 2 (taken for 45 days)
- Clomifene (Clomid) – 50mg x 2 (taken for 30 consecutive days)
If the user has assembled Oxandrolone solids, they may enter the above protocol.
However, if a person uses the Oxandrolone cycle, it should be sufficient to take only one of these PCT drugs, which quickly returns to endogenous production.
For those who want to introduce PCT, it is important to start with oxandrolone. You can calculate this using the following formula: 5.5 x half life.
The half-life of Anwar is 9.4-10.4 hours. Although human lifespan can be increased by half a year, it can increase to 13.3 hours in adults.
Therefore, if the half-life is said to be 10.4 hours, PCT should be started 57 hours after the last dose.
Why Women Need to Run a PCT with Oxandrolone?
There is a general perception that women do not need PCT; However, in practice women testosterone levels show signs of closing after AAS. Although they produce less testosterone than men, it is good for women to do PCT after taking Oxandrolone, but it is an important hormone for them: well-being, libido and circulating cement.
Women often experience depression and low libido when they go out of a cycle. Dave Crossland, founder of Crossland Damage Services, tested a woman who had strayed from the steroid cycle; And found that its testosterone and estrogen levels were very low.
Nolvadex can be used as a PCT in women, which has been successful in speeding up recovery and relieving feelings of depression. However, menstrual cycles have still taken 3-6 months to return. Female Nolvadex doses should be less than a male, with cycles also being shorter. A protocol Dave Crosland reports as having some success is:
Nolvadex PCT (female)
- 1st week – 20mg
- 2nd week: 15mg
- 3rd week: 10mg
- 4th week: 5mg
However, DHEA is the official medical treatment prescribed to women for low androgen levels. Therefore this PCT protocol is the preferred method.
DHEA PCT (female)
- 25-50mg per day (4 weeks)
DHEA has been used for 4-6 months in trials, thus it can be taken for as long as necessary (within this time span), until symptoms of being shut down diminish.
hCG is not recommended for women as a PCT, due to evidence of it enlarging the ovaries and causing virilization. Clomid also isn’t an ideal PCT for women, as it may cause the ovaries to become oversensitive.