One androgenic-anabolic steroid that for years has been used by both male and female athletes, powerlifters and also bodybuilders to enhance their performance is Nandrolone Decanoate (ND).
Yes, females can and have been using Nandrolone in the sport of bodybuilding at least since the 1980s and with fantastic results. This steroid is known for its conservative androgenic composition, but high anabolic component. To this end, female athletes have been known to include ND with other AAS, particularly those with a higher androgenic composition.
Why do Female Bodybuilders Use Nandrolone?
Female bodybuilders looking to gain lean muscle mass and increase their body mass index (BMI) can use Nandrolone Decanoate.
ND also helps female athletes when they want to embark on a cutting program. By administering 19-nortestosterone (another name for ND), female athletes can boost their testosterone levels which in turn helps their body in a number of different ways.
For starters, Nandrolone will aid the reduction of brown, bad or visceral fat in their body. This is important because the visceral fat is capable of releasing hormones and chemicals like cytokines which cause hormonal imbalance and increased inflammation in the body.
ND is therefore ideal for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in females. ND will also regulate the rate of metabolism in female bodybuilders for example, this will prevent them from gaining excess weight and even being obese in some cases.
The Ideal Dosage/Duration of use of 19-nortestosterone for Female Bodybuilders
Many bodybuilders include 19-nortestosterone as part of a steroid stack. The Ideal Nandrolone dosage for male athletes is 200mg per week and fro a duration of 6 to 8 weeks. However, this dosage may be too high for female bodybuilders. The Ideal dosage and duration of use of Nandrolone Decanoate for female bodybuilders is anywhere between 50 and 200 mg per week over a course of between 6 and 8 weeks.
It is important that anyone wishing to kick-off a Nandrolone cycle starts with a low dosage and gradually increases their daily dose in time. This way they would be able to know their tolerance level by sheer observation and either maintain or lower their dosage as the case may be.
Side Effects of running a Nandrolone Cycle
Female bodybuilders running a Nandrolone cycle may experience a number of side effects. Side effects may be experienced during and after a cycle, this is why Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) in important after the completion of a steroid cycle.
The severity of side effects that an individual encounters is purely subjective and may differ from person to person. However, there are some common side effects that users may experience as they use this steroid. These side effects include:
- Increased water retention,
- Increased sexual hyperstimulation,
- Increased blood pressure,
- Suppression of hormone production,
Side effects vary because of a difference in physiology and tolerance. Age and height also play a role in the level of tolerance and the severity or otherwise of the side effects.
In the case of water retention, the suppression of hormone production and gynaecomastia, these side effects are caused by Nandrolone Decanoate aiding the production of more progesterone than estrogen hormone produced in the body.
In females, hormonal balance is very important and can help them in avoiding these side effects. Therefore maintaining a decent Nandrolone dosage and duration of use is one crucial step in achieving this.