Hormonal drugs are used in the treatment of women, and quite often. First of all, in the treatment of cancer. But even in this case, when prescribing hormonal drugs by doctors and strict medical control, it is not always possible to avoid the phenomenon of virilization , not to mention the uncontrolled use of androgens and anabolic steroids .
Previously, anabolic steroids were often prescribed to women for the treatment of anemia , osteoporosis , cachexia, and even depression .
Most women who are professionally involved in bodybuilding and body fitness are taking anabolic drugs, since the hormonal and physiological features of the female body do not allow for a natural way to achieve relief and preserve muscle mass.
- Muscle hypertrophy
- Fat burning
- The growth of power performance and endurance
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem (androgenic drugs have a pronounced psychotropic effect)
- Increased libido and sexual activity, increased sensitivity of the clitoris
The range of safe doses of anabolic steroids is individual and varies widely. Also, the volume of doses is determined by the physiological characteristics of the body: body weight, the percentage of body fat , genetic features of metabolism, nutritional conditions and the external environment. It should be emphasized that the reception of potent drugs should be carried out under the supervision of a physician, while the risk of adverse reactions is maintained even with the use of minimal doses.
Preferred Anabolic Steroids
Not all anabolic steroids are equally harmful to the female body. Some of them were created specifically for use by women and children. Among these are oxandrolone and metenolone , better known as primobolan. Most often monokursy (with one drug), or a combination with non-androgenic fat-burning agents. The duration of the course is chosen individually depending on the reaction of the organism, and as a rule does not exceed 1-1.5 months.
Oxandrolone is almost an ideal drug for use not only by women, but also by young athletes. A steroid does not lead to virilization in general at fairly safe dosages, it does not in any way affect the so-called “growth zones” in young people. With regard to dosages, then in women they should be somewhat lower than in men.
Recommended doses: 10-20 mg for 6-8 weeks. 
With prolonged use of high doses of the drug may manifest the phenomenon of virilization  .
Methenolone, like oxandrolone, is almost the perfect steroid for women. Although pronounced virilization was not observed with quite significant dosages of the drug (about 400 mg per week), women still need to confine themselves to smaller doses, and not especially delay the intake version of the drug (methenolone enanthate). The most common bodybuilding injections are 100 mg per week. [four]
According to Yuri Bombela, oral metenolone (metenolone acetate) can be used by women without any restrictions. Even the dosage can be comparable to the “male”.
Oxymetholone recently used in medical practice is very active. Bill Roberts considers Anapolon the best choice for women.  Its main purpose is to help avoid the loss of muscle mass of HIV-infected people, including women. Practice shows that the use of the drug in the dosage of 100-150 mg did not lead to the occurrence of virilization phenomena in women. Although oxymetholone can be considered relatively safe for women, yet women should not exceed the dosage of 50 mg per day.
With prolonged use of high doses of the drug, virilization phenomena may appear, namely, enhanced hair growth on the face and body. But this is with prolonged use and high doses. Although one should not underestimate this feature of the drug, still dosages of the order of 100–200 mg per week for 4–5 weeks are unlikely to lead to virilization. Interestingly, the mixture of boldenone undecylenate and methandriol dipropionate, which we know under the trade name Meprobolone, is more acceptable for women than boldenone itself.
Testosterone propionate can, with some reservations, be recommended for use by women. In any case, its use, according to Yuri Bombella, is safer for women than the use of nandrolone. Unlike men, women should give injections where less often – once in 4-6 days. The usual volume of one injection is 25-50 mg of the drug. At occurrence of the virilization phenomena, the injection should be stopped immediately.
The drug can be considered quite safe for women, in moderate dosages for a not very long period of time, it does not cause the appearance of virilization. This is confirmed by the practice of its application.
I must say that nandrolone in the 50-60 years of the last century was widely used to treat women in the framework of traditional medicine. Until the beginning of the 90s of the same century, it was actively used by women in sports practice. The position of Nandrolone was shaken by the experiments of Gusens and Heinonen. In the first case, women took nandrolone decanoate at a dosage of 50 mg every 3-4 days and 50% of them experienced virilization phenomena. In the second case, virilization phenomena were detected in all subjects, but nothing was said about the dosages.
However, the dosage of 100 mg per week (50 mg every 3-4 days) for women can really be considered clearly overestimated. In the experiment conducted in 1996, the dose of nandrolone, again decanoate, was extremely low – 30 mg every two weeks. Here, no one has experienced the phenomenon of virilization. These dosages should be considered extremes, and those who certainly want to experiment with nandrolone can be advised to “balance” between them. Naturally, when the first signs of virilization appear, the drug should be stopped immediately.
It is clear that the use of aromatase inhibitors for women is meaningless. Moreover, a decrease in the level of estrogen leads to an aggravation of the virilization phenomena.
As post-course therapy, estrogen receptor blockers are used – clomid (clomiphene citrate) and tamoxifen .
As well as a drug such as aminoglutethimide (orimeten, citadren) and Clomid, and especially tamoxifen, are very widely used in medical practice in the treatment of cancer in women. Both drugs allow you to adjust the hormones, changing the ratio of “estradiol / testosterone” in favor of the latter. Dosages may be the same as for men.
Often there is information about the use of aminoglutethimide. Aminoglutethimide is not only an aromatase inhibitor, but also inhibits the biosynthesis of estrogen and cortisol , that is, it has an anti-catabolic effect .
What you should not use
- Testosterone Esters (except Testosterone Propionate)
- Testosterone Suspension
- Methandrostenolone (Danabol, Naposim)
- Trenbolone (although its use does not lead to pronounced virilization, but its risk is quite high)
- Mesterolone (Proviron) – reduces the level of estrogen
Side Effects of Steroids in Women
Most frequent adverse reactions: 
- Male- type hair growth (including alopecia )
- Voice hardening
- Male features
- Clitoral hypertrophy
- Atrophy of the mammary glands
- Violation of the menstrual cycle
- Mood swings and “steroid aggression”
- Vaginal discharge
- Immunity disorders
It is also possible the development of the pathology of the cardiovascular system, liver damage (with the use of hepatotoxic drugs). Anabolic drugs lead to a decrease in the secretion of gonadotropic hormones ; therefore, post-course therapy with tamoxifen or its analogues is required .
Read more: Side Effects of Steroids
Non-androgenic means for fat burning
Men and women differ in the so-called “problem areas” – places in which the subcutaneous fat burns particularly hard. If men have an abdominal area, then women have buttocks and hips. Therefore, clenbuterol and ephedrine , which primarily burn fat in the abdominal area, may be completely useless for women.
A shift in favor of testosterone will make getting rid of fat in problem areas more effective. Secondly, local injections of such a drug as lipostabil. True, this drug is only to prove its effectiveness.
Mention should be made of drugs that reduce insulin resistance – metformin and moxonidine (“Physiotens”). In most women, metformin causes nausea, at least in the first 4-5 days of administration. In men, this phenomenon is extremely rare. Finally, topiramate is very promising in this regard , but experiments with it are still very far from the completion stage.
Other hormonal drugs
Increasingly, growth hormone , insulin , insulin-like growth factor — IGF-1 and other peptides are beginning to be used in female bodybuilding . Naturally, we must remember that these drugs have side effects, and very serious ones. The fact that they do not cause virilization phenomena does not mean that they can be used by turning a blind eye to other side effects.
Interestingly, the effective dosages of growth hormone for women are approximately one and a half times higher than those of men. With regard to IGF-1, however, nothing of the kind has been noticed.
The thyroid hormones (T3, thyroxin ) have a powerful fat burning effect .
- Bodybuilding Workout Program for Women
- Female bodybuilding and steroids
- Beauty forever: champion rating
- Strength training and fitness programs for women
- Anatomy of fitness and strength exercises for women (Vella)
- Training program for women in the gym
- Training program for girls