Regardless of your purpose be it performance enhancement, TRT or a full blown HRT program you will be very hard pressed to find a better testosterone than Testosterone-Cypionate. In the world of TRT most will find 200mg every 7-10 days to be fairly common place and generally speaking about as high as you’ll ever go but of course in performance enhancing doses will necessarily be much higher. For the performance enhancer minimal dosing will generally be in the 400mg-500mg per week range and most commonly split into two even doses twice per week; for example, for 400mg total per wee k you might administer the hormone at 200mg on Monday and 200mg on Thursday continuing such a schedule until your total duration is complete.
For many 500mg per week will be as high as they ever need to go but in more hardcore circles it is not uncommon for doses to reach levels of 1,000mg per week and at extreme elite levels, especially in competitive bodybuilding they can go much higher. Keep in mind, while the benefits of use will increase as the dose does so will the potential and probability of adverse effects. There is a strong risk to reward ratio at play and in the end you are the only one who can determine how far you want to go with that. Yes, absolutely anabolic steroids and especially those of a pure testosterone nature such as Testosterone-Cypionate can be used safely and effectively but responsible use will always prove to be the ultimate key.
Part of responsible use will always include what is known as a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan in order to normalize the body after use has been discontinued. Recall, the use of such hormones as Testosterone-Cypionate will suppress natural testosterone production but natural production will begin again once use is discontinued; however, such production will not begin instantly and there are things we can do to speed up the process. The sooner we get our natural production back up and running the more progress we made through our anabolic steroid use will be kept but most importantly our overall health will be protected; recall yet again, testosterone is essential to our health. This is where a good PCT plan comes in and it is by this plan we can stimulate natural production to begin; common supplemental items often include SERM’s such as Nolvadex and Clomid as well as the hormone hCG .
The side effects of Androderm can include high blood pressure due to high levels of water retention. However, water retention is highly unlikely due to the low level dosing plans that will be prescribed and easily combatable with anti-estrogen medications if needed. The use of exogenous testosterone can also have a negative impact on cholesterol, particularly in the suppression or reduction of HDL cholesterol. However, therapeutic doses of testosterone to even moderate performance doses do not appear to have a strong, negative statistical impact on cholesterol when testosterone is used alone. When the use of an AI is conjoined with testosterone, this does appear to create a notable impact on HDL reductions. A negative impact cannot occur with the use of a SERM; in fact, SERM’s will actually improve cholesterol levels due to their estrogenic activity in the liver.
While cholesterol issues are possible, they are also easy to avoid. AI’s should not be used unless necessary, but even if necessary healthy cholesterol levels can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle. Limiting saturated fats and simple sugars is a good place to start along with plenty of omega fatty acids. Daily fish oil supplementation is recommended as is daily cardiovascular activity.
The partition coefficient of the ester in question is important because is effects how long the drug itself stays in the system. If the testosterone transfers too quickly from the oil to the blood, the result is a sudden spike in testosterone which then rapidly drops once the dose has been used up. In the example of free testosterone injected into the muscle from a water suspension (as in Aquiviron, mentioned above), the testosterone is essentially immediately available to the bloodstream due to its low partition coefficient, and thus there is an immediate spike of testosterone which is used up quickly in the body.