All You Need to Know about Masteron
The History of Masteron
Masteron, which bears the pharmaceutical name of Drostanolone Propionate or Enanthate, is known to be an ‘exotic’ androgenic or anabolic steroid (AAS) that is used by an athlete. It was first developed to use as an anti-estrogen (under the name Masteril) to treat breast cancer. It was mostly used together with the SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) Tamoxifen (aka Nolvadex) to lend a significant reduction in estrogen levels while treating women with breast cancer. With the course of time, it is no longer used in such treatments but remains a rather favorite AS medicine amongst the athletes and professional bodybuilders.
The Properties of Masteron
Being a derivative of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) Masteron does not convert to estrogen by means of aromatization. The anti-estrogenic properties of Masteron are thought to have a role to play with either inhibition in some way of the aromatase enzyme or interaction with estrogen itself. In both these ways, Masteron can be a useful tool for the AS user that uses compounds that convert into estrogen (which most of the AS users do because testosterone is the main basis of most cycles). By containing the aromatase enzyme, Masteron would be effective in blocking free testosterone to get converted to estrogen through the aromatization pathway. Apart from being helpful to increase the amounts of active free testosterone in circulation (giving testosterone a greater effect over a Masteron-free system), it also cuts the side effects that may result from high levels of estrogen because of aromatization. Some such side effects are gynecomastia and water retention or bloating etc. If Masteron blocks the mixing of estrogen with the estrogen receptor (ER), even if aromatization of testosterone may occur, its effects will be somehow reduced due to the inability of estrogen to bind with the ER. Thus, the effects of excess estrogen production can be controlled through this mechanism by the use of Masteron.
In spite of having anti-estrogenic properties, Masteron does have anabolic and androgenic properties. Although it may not seem so in theory and on paper, Masteron can certainly lead to high androgenic effects. As Masteron is an AAS it will shut down the production of natural testosterone. So, even after having anti-estrogenic effects, Masteron can also be used as an option in post cycle therapy as it will inhibit recovery.
In general, there is an availability of two forms of Masteron. They are- Drostanolone Propionate and Drostanolone Enanthate. The propionate version which is also the fast acting version of Masteron needing to be injected every other day can be dosed at 50-150mg/ml. The enanthate version, however, needs to be injected only twice a week. It is so because the ester attached to the drostanolone is longer which gives a slower release of the hormone. It should be dosed at around 200mg/ml.
Recommended Cycles/Uses of Masteron
Masteron is considered as a very useful tool because of its effects on estrogen related side effects. It inhibits the water retention that is caused by higher levels of estrogen. Many users are of the say that their muscles begin to feel fuller and tight by the use of Masteron. Fine details of muscles also begin to show up by the use of Masteron (in combination with appropriate meds) at low body fat levels. Masteron helps drawing out the water from between the skin and muscle to give a very cut look. It is, therefore, much more effective than many other AS medicines.
However, it is advisable to use Masteron with other steroids because the only use of it may lead to loss of libido due to the shutdown of the body’s natural testosterone production. So, one would not benefit much by the use of Masteron alone. It is even believed that people having body fat higher than 10-12% will not benefit at all from Masteron. But some are also of the view that it may not be a complete waste due to its anti-estrogenic properties, that do not allow one to use other ancillaries on the cycle having unwanted side effects.
The dosages that should be followed with Masteron are:
• 350-500mg per week (propionate version has to be injected every other day)
• 400-600mg per week (enanthate version has to be injected twice per week)
For an advanced user, an example of a decent cutting cycle would be: (6-10 weeks)
• 150mg Testosterone propionate every other day
• 50mg Trenbolone acetate every day (or 100mg Masteron (propionate) every other day
• 50mg Winstrol every day, during the last 4 weeks of the cycle only
Such advanced cycles should be followed only with other medicines like Clenbuterol, Ephedrine, T3, growth hormone, IGF, etc.
An even more novice cutting cycle may be: (6-8 weeks)
• 100mg Testosterone propionate daily
• 100mg Masteron (propionate) every other day
Some Possible Side Effects of Masteron
It has already been mentioned that the anti-estrogenic properties of Masteron may lead to the elimination of many of the unwanted side effects that are experienced by the AS users. Some of them being gynecomastia, water retention and increase in blood pressure. However, the use of Masteron is not devoid of side effects. Common amongst them are hair loss (if prone to male baldness), aggression, skin problems, etc. People using Masterons are more prone to acne. You may have few spots even with the use of testosterone, but Masteron leads to a more amount of acne and infections related to the skin.
It is a well-known fact that all ASS will lead to some side effects or the other, but not all individuals will react to them in the same way. So, before planning on a cycle, it is good to gather information about the possible advantages as well as disadvantages of any steroid. Of course, there are ways and means to combat these side effects in the form of different medicines, but again, even medicines possess certain limitations. Therefore, contact a trainer or any expert, gather knowledge, plan your cycle and be very aware of the response and changes that your body shows during the whole process.