Winstrol,is a synthetic and anabolic dihydrotestosterone derivative with mild effects. It is available for sale as Winstrol the oral formulation and Winstrol depot the intramuscular formulation. It is one of the best known dry steroids as it does not cause water retention. This is because it does not undergo aromatization to Estrogen. because of its lower androgenic potency, it is used by both male and female athletes and body builders. it is mostly used during cutting cycles.
The most know Winstrol side effects are those on cholesterol levels. Winstrol leads to increased plasma levels of the harmful low density lipoprotein, LDL. The levels of the good cholesterol, High density lipoproteins, are reduced. HDL is the good cholesterol. LDL is deposited along arteries and leads to their thickening and lack of contractility. As a result there is an increase in blood pressure, hypertension, and increased risk of thrombus formation. Consequently, there is an increased risk of heart attacks with the use of Winstrol.
The other inescapable Winstrol side effect is the suppression of endogenous estrogen synthesis. Although not as suppressive as the other anabolic steroids, the levels of testosterone can usually fall to below optimal levels. Winstrol gives a negative feedback to the anterior pituitary gland to stop the production of follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormones. This reduction causes the Leydig cells not to synthesize testosterone.
For women, the side effects include virilization, which basically means becoming male. There is deepening of the voice with development of male pattern hair distribution. Some women may experience clitomegaly.
Some of the common but less severe side effects include worsening and development of acne and faster hair loss in men who are inherently susceptible to the male pattern balding.
Despite these side effects, Winstrol is one of the safest anabolic steroids in the market.