Stanozolol (popular by the brand Winstrol) is a 17-alpha alkylated derivative of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is an anabolic and androgenic steroid that is available in two forms: tablets and injections. But Stanozolol tablets remain far more popular simply due to being easier to administrate. This AAS is highly anabolic and possesses low androgenic qualities.
Stanozolol is a steroid that was created for treating various health conditions such as treatment of autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, anemia, and hereditary angioedema among others. Nowadays, doctors can’t prescribe Stanozolol due to its FDA withdrawal for use in humans. Officially, it’s a medication only for veterinary uses. Nonetheless, Stanozolol (Winstrol) got very popular in bodybuilding and athletic circles due to its awesome ability to enhance performance and improve physique. It is the second most popular oral steroid after Dianabol (Methandienone) and the most popular oral steroid for cutting cycles.
- Stanozolol is such a popular anabolic agent for weight loss and cutting goals because it works as a diuretic that can greatly help you burn fat and gain lean muscle tissues. In short, it will make users have harder muscles, appear drier, and enhance their overall performance. Winny (as it’s popular in bodybuilding) enhances strength, endurance, recovery, stamina, and energy levels. Due to all of these factors, it’s obvious that Stanozolol is immensely popular.
Stanozolol Tablets vs Injections
According to studies, there’s no difference between Stanozolol tablets vs injections except for the half-life. And obviously – the form of administration. You should use tablets orally by mouth, pretty much as you would use any other tablets whilst you need to inject Stanozolol intramuscularly pretty much as any other injectable steroid.
There are anecdotal reports from users suggesting that the injection of Stanozolol is more powerful than the oral version and is less hepatotoxic (liver toxic). But these are just theories that are not proven by studies. So, it’s basically the same thing regardless of how you use it. Once it hits your bloodstream, Stanozolol will work the same way.
But as said, Winstrol Depot (Injection) has a different half-life than Oral Winstrol (Pills) which is 24 hours vs 9 hours, respectively. This means that you can get along by using injections of Stanozolol once a day. But you need to split the daily dosage throughout the day when going for oral pills. Yet, most people still prefer pills, of course, due to the more convenient way of administration, and because injectable Winstrol is an aqueous suspension, unlike most other injectable steroids that are esterified and oily. This makes injectable Stanozolol more likely to cause Post Injection Pains (PIPs). And you still have to use it daily. So pills are more popular.
Stanozolol is a DHT derivative, however, it still has a much milder androgenic activity and much higher anabolic activity. This is very favorable in the fitness communities because it’s more likely to help gain and maintain lean muscle tissues while less likely to cause androgenic issues.
Moreover, it’s important to understand that since it’s a DHT derivative, Winstrol cannot convert into estradiol through aromatization. Since it cannot aromatize, you wouldn’t need to use aromatase inhibitors (AIs) while using this AAS. Note that you are likely to still need them if you stack them with aromatizable compounds. And since I recommend stacking it with testosterone and testosterone aromatizes, having AIs handy is still a good idea.
Anyway, Stanozolol itself will not cause estrogenic issues. Some of the most popular estrogenic side effects are water retention, bloating, and gyno (enlargement of breast tissues in men). So, without experiencing the puffy muscle look (bulk look), it works on the contrary with some diuretic effects. Additionally, Winny has unique properties to burn body fat too. That’s why, instead of the bulk look, it will help yield a lean, quality hard, and dry look without subcutaneous water retention whilst helping to get rid of extra fat. In addition to that, thanks to high anabolic activity, it may still help gain lean muscle issues. Or at least preserving them during cutting cycles.
That’s why Stanozolol is such a perfect steroid to use for cutting cycles. It’s an excellent anabolic steroid to get rid of water retention and fat while getting strongly defined with hard looking muscularity. It’s also doing wonders when it comes to enhancing your agility, speed, strength, endurance, recovery, and so on and so forth. That’s why a lot of athletes in various fields are finding this steroid perfect for their needs.
Stanozolol Benefits and Side Effects
Before you use Stanozolol you have to understand what to expect from this steroid. For example, it does come with all the common side effects of anabolic steroids such as testosterone suppression in men, negative effects on cholesterol and cardiovascular system, virilization issues in women, as well as negative effects on your liver since it’s C17AA. A particular side effect that you can expect from this steroid is the drying out of the joint fluid because of its diuretic effects. This could lead to joint pain and damage.
For all these reasons, I strongly recommend you prepare a PCT plan after each Stanozolol cycle and have supplements that could protect your joints, cardiovascular and cholesterol health including supplements to protect your liver. Moreover, I also recommend everyone add testosterone to their cycles. Except for the fact that you will reduce the joint pain and damage and low T symptoms that may occur due to suppression of testosterone, you will also benefit from the powerful Stanozolol ability to lower sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). That’s a type of protein that lowers free testosterone – the one that helps you grow muscle, get stronger and burn fat. With less SHBG thanks to Winstrol, adding more testosterone will help you get more results and fewer side effects.
So, keep an eye on your lipid profile, and liver health, run a PCT plan after the cycle, add testosterone during the cycle, and of course, have a proper diet and workout plan.
The most common dosage among men is ranging between 20 mg and 50 mg a day. Some go up to 100 mg a day, but anything over 50 mg/day is just for professionals. Beginners should start at a lower dosage and work their way up to 50 mg/day. Anything over 100 mg per day is abusive!
The dosage among women is much lower at 5-15 mg a day. But remember that Winstrol for women can be dangerous (for men too, but women are more likely to experience side effects). A safer option for women is Anavar.
The cycle length should be short. Winstrol is liver toxic and has numerous other side effects. The maximum cycle length is 8 weeks for men. But I would recommend keeping it shorter, 6 weeks – the most common cycle length. Even 4 weeks could be enough to offer great results.
- Women should avoid stacking it with other anabolic agents to avoid virilization. Men should stack it with testosterone for reasons I earlier explained. Other additions depend on the level of experience.
In the end, Stanozolol is a steroid that I recommend to those athletes that have a good amount of muscle bulk. Then, when they want a successful cutting cycle, they could add Winstrol and it will help improve endurance and increase muscle hardness while burning fat.