Oxandrolone or Anavar as it is more popularly known, is one of the most popular anabolic steroids. This is mostly because of its well-tolerated nature. It can, therefore, be taken safely by both men and women and cause little or no side effects.
However, due to its mildness, many athletes, especially bodybuilders and powerlifters, do not appreciate it and refer to it as a weak steroid. This classification is in most cases, due to placing too much expectation on the steroid.
Structurally, Anavar is derived from altering dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by replacing the carbon-2 in the A-ring with an oxygen atom. This alteration results in a steroid with more potent anabolic activity and resistant to metabolic breakdown. Another alteration Anavar has is at its 17th carbon position. The addition of a methyl group allows it to be orally ingested. This modification has led to Anavar being classified as a C17-aa anabolic steroid.
In the medical world, Anavar is being used effectively in treatment plans of several conditions. However, the most common usage is as a medication for helping people gain weight after a serious illness, surgery or other condition that resulted in severe loss of weight. It is also used to treat osteoporosis through promoting bone density.
As a steroid, Anavar is popular as a performance enhancer among athletes. However, while it has a high anabolic rate, in real life, it is not very effective for bulking purposes. It is instead, very effective for athletic enhancement and a cutting cycle. Its ability to directly bind to the androgen receptor promotes lipolysis and thus enhancing fat loss more than all other anabolic steroids. Additionally, its lower androgenic properties make it a very suitable steroid for use by women.
Benefits of using Anavar
Use of Anavar has numerous benefits. This is why it is loved for performance enhancing. Some of these benefits are;
1. Promoting muscle growth: The best advantages of using Anavar is that it does not aromatize. Therefore, you will not experience any water retention, and any weight that you gain will be lean muscle. Unfortunately for men, it is not possible to gain massively from the use of Anavar alone. Women, on the other hand, are much more sensitive to Anavar and therefore, gain more from its use.
2. Cutting: Anavar is without a doubt one of the best cutting agents for both men and women. For most users, this is the main purpose of using Anavar in a cycle. Another factor that makes it a favourite is its ability to preserve lean tissue during a dieting phase. Combining this with its capacity to increase lipolysis, Anavar becomes an all round cutting agent.
Anavar is one of the most user-friendly steroids when it comes to side effects. With proper usage and dosage, it is possible to avoid all side effects. Since there are no estrogenic side effects, high blood pressure and other related effects that result from water retention are not possible with Anavar. However, some androgenic activity is present when using Anavar and could cause acne, baldness (for those genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness), and increased body hair growth.
Availability and legality
In the US, Anavar is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance making it illegal to possess and use. It can, therefore, not be bought over the counter. It is only available legally through the prescription of a qualified physician or doctor and even then, it must only be bought from a pharmacy.