Stanozolol is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic androgenic steroid, or more specifically a structurally altered form. Stanozolol is the DHT hormone with two structural changes that give us the Winstrol compound. The first alteration is the introduction of an attached pyrazol group at the A-ring of the hormone replacing the 3-keto group. This modification officially classifies Stanozolol as a heterocyclic steroid. The hormone also carries an added methyl group in order to protect hormone after administration. This structural change takes place at the 17th carbon position officially classifying Stanozolol as a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroid.
Winstrol carries many positive steroidal traits, one of which is its ability to lower Sex-Hormone-Binding-Globulin (SHBG) significantly. This allows for more of the steroids being supplied to rest in an unbound state, as well as provides an increase in free testosterone. While many anabolic steroids lower SHBG Winstrol appears to have a much stronger affinity than most. In fact, studies have demonstrated nearly 50% reductions in SHBG in mere days of use and even at relatively low doses.
Beyond a reduction in SHBG, which is one of its primary traits, Winstrol will enhance protein synthesis and greatly increase nitrogen retention in the muscles. The steroid will also do a fairly decent job at increasing red blood cell count and inhibiting glucocorticoid hormones but not to the degree of many other steroids. In many ways, we have a mild yet evenly possession of some basic steroidal traits coupled with the dramatic SHBG reduction that gives us a controllable and unique compound. This really is one of the easiest anabolic steroids to understand.
When looking at the direct functions and traits of Winstrol there is one more issue we need to discuss. The Stanozolol hormone is both an injectable an oral anabolic steroid. Both forms are comprised of the same identical Stanozolol hormone. 1mg of one form is the same as 1mg of the other form. Some studies have suggested oral Winstrol may reduce SHBG a little more than its injectable counterpart, while others have said injectable forms may be slightly more potent on an overall milligram for milligram basis. However, overall these appear to be rather insignificant differences regardless of the direction they go. In fact, the individual should be able to receive the same identical benefits with either form.
Another important note often misunderstood about Winstrol forms is the C17-aa nature. Both oral and injectable Stanozolol are C17-aa anabolic steroids. Most oral steroids are C17-aa and while injectable steroids rarely are injectable Stanozolol is one of the exceptions. The injectable form is also commonly referred to as Winstrol Depot.
In a therapeutic setting, standard male oral Winstrol doses normally fall in the 2mg range around three times per day. Females are normally given 4mg per day or two 2mg doses and if virilization symptoms do not occur it is often increased to 6mg per day. When injectable Winstrol is prescribed, it is normally given at a dose of 50mg every 2-3 weeks for both male and female patients.
In performance circles, standard male Winstrol doses will normally fall in the 25-50mg range. 25mg per day of oral Winstrol or 50mg every other day of injectable Winstrol is very commonplace. Such doses are enough to produce solid results in any man and should be very controllable in terms of side effects. For those who are more bodybuilding minded, 50mg per day of either form is very common with some taking the dose as high as 100mg per day. These high end doses are normally not recommended outside of competitive bodybuilding circles, there’s no need for them. However, if truly lean, contest lean a 7-10 day run at a high end dose leading up to the show could produce some nice finishing touches. However, due to the hepatotoxic nature and potential cholesterol issues, high end doses should for no reason last more than 7-10 days. Total use should fall in the 6-8 week range.
For the female performance athlete, oral Winstrol is normally the way to go as they will be using low doses. 5mg per day is normally all any women will need, but some women may be able to tolerate 10mg per day. You should not attempt 10mg per day unless you have successfully used 5mg prior in another cycle, even then most will find 5mg per day is enough. If injectable Winstrol is used, 20mg every 4 days is plenty but you will find oral forms are truly the way to go in this case. It will simply be more controllable. As for total use, use should fall within the 4-6 week range.
Overall Winstrol is a highly effective anabolic steroid when used for the right purpose. If used to promote raw mass you’re going to be very disappointed in the results but as a cutting agent as part of a cutting plan it’s a great steroid. When it comes to promoting athletic enhancement, it’s one of the greatest anabolic steroids of all time. And while it has some concerns that surround it, specifically revolving around cholesterol and the liver, these factors can be controlled if a healthy adult follows all the safety guidelines. We by no means would call this the safest anabolic steroid of all time, but it is far from one of the harshest. In the end, used for the right purpose and with an understanding of the hormone and understanding mass gains are not the end all be all of steroid use, you will find Winstrol is a fantastic steroid.