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Testosterone Propionate effects, dosage and side effects
Test Prop, Prop Pharma brand names: Testoviron, Testovis, Viromone Testosterone Propionate is the shortest-estered testosterone steroid. It's an injectable compound with a slower rate of release than un-esterified Testosterone, but a faster rate of release than all the rest of esterified testosterones.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to the short acting ester. The major disadvantage is that users have to inject Testosterone Propionate at minimum every other day throughout the cycle to get proper results. The advantages, however, are easier control and prevention of potential side effects.
Also because there is less ester per vial, there is more actual testosterone per injection, which produces better results. The Propionate ester expands Testosterone's half-life to about 4 and a half days. Biochemistry of Testosterone Propionate Testosterone Propionate is simply Testosterone with the Propionate ester bound it's chemical structure. The 'Propionate' is Propionic acid, but once bound to Testosterone it is known as an ester bond or ester linkage.
Propinoic acid is bonded to the beta hydroxyl group on the Testosterone structure. Esterified anabolic steroids are more fat soluble, and release slowly from the injection site.
The main reason for the increased half-life and release rate is because once Testosterone Propionate enters the bloodstream, enzymes work to break the bond between the ester and the testosterone, which takes a varying amount of time - depending on which ester is used. In the end enzymes remove the ester, and what is left is pure Testosterone which is free to do its work in the body. Testosterone alone with no ester bonded to it has a half-life of approximately 2 to 4 hours.
When the Propionate ester is bonded to it, the half-life of Testosterone extends to about 4 and a half days. Testosterone promotes nitrogen retention in the muscle - the more nitrogen the muscle holds the more protein it can store, and the bigger it gets. Testosterone also increases the body's IGF-1 levels.
IGF-1's principal role is to coordinate growth and metabolism. IGF-I is highly dependent on growth hormone to complement it's growth promoting activity. Intended use of Testosterone Propionate Testosterone Propionate has been vastly used for medical treatments shortly after its release in the 's. Among other it was used for treatment for male androgen deficiency andropause or hypogonadism , treatment for sexual dysfunction, and treatment for menopause, treatment for chronic dysfunctional uterine bleeding menorrhagia , treatment for endometriosis.
Later on testosterone would only be used for male patients. Actual use of Testosterone Propionate Testosterone Propionate is one of the most popular anabolic steroids even today - 80 years after it's invention.
It is widely used by bodybuilders and athletes for the purpose of physique and performance enhancement. Testosterone itself is considered the most natural and safest anabolic steroid a person can use. The Propionate ester is suggested for any first time steroid user. How to use Testosterone Propionate? The most common dosage for Testosterone Propionate is: Where to inject Testosterone Propionate It can be injected into any muscle if the muscle is big enough.
The most popular being buttocks, shoulder or even triceps. Testosterone propionate cycle compatibility, examples and duration Test Prop goes very well in combination with Human Growth Hormone 4IU per day. Popular stacks to complement Testosterone Propionate in cuting phase include oral anabolics like Winstrol mg daily , Primobolan mg daily or oxandrolone mg daily. As with all testosterone types, Propionate is suited for bulking phase. For bulking it is usually combined with other strong androgens such as Dianabol, Anadrol, or Deca-Durabolin.
The cycle duration of Testosterone Propionate typically ranges from 8 to 16 weeks. At the end of the cycle, post testosterone treatment should be introduced, to jump start one's natural testosterone production again. Effects of Testosterone Propionate desirable There are principally two desirable effects of Testosterone: Collagen is the protein-based construction material for connective tissues throughout the body the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, joints, and bones. The primary side effects of Testosterone Propionate surround its ability to aromatize into Estrogen.
Testosterone itself possesses a moderate level of Estrogenic activity - it holds a moderate affinity to bind to the aromatase enzyme the enzyme responsible for the conversion of Testosterone into Estrogen.
Because of that, a moderate level of aromatization is expected from Testosterone use. To counter this problem there are two solutions: Androxal, Clomid and Omifin function by binding to the estrogen receptors - filling them and preventing actual estrogen from binding. Aromatase Inhibitors AIs like Anastrozole Arimidex function by inhibiting the aromatase process and even lower the body's own estrogen levels.
This side effect stems from increased estrogen levels and is countered by aromatase inhibitors for example Anastrozole - Arimidex. This is a result of water retention. It is countered by aromatase inhibitors. Gynecomastia is the abnormal development of breast tissue in males.
Enlargement of the breast tissue is associated with increased estrogen levels. Androgenic Side effects of Testosterone: Testosterone androgenic side effects have more to do with the fact that Testosterone is converted into stronger and more potent androgen Dihydrotestosterone DHT by the 5-alpha reductase 5AR enzyme.
The 5-alpha reductase enzyme is present in large amounts in certain tissues, such as the scalp, prostate, and the skin. When Testosterone reaches these tissues, it undergoes a high rate of reduction into its more potent androgenic metabolite DHT. It is DHT that is responsible for the greater severity of androgenic side effects. This side effect is completely dependent on the individual's genetic predisposition. If there are no bald men in your family, this will not be an issue for you.
If male pattern baldness runs in your genes you will lose your hair anyway, but testosterone supplementation might speed up the process. Oily skin makes the hair more shiny.
Oily skin in turn increases chances of pore clogging and formation of Acne. Acne are usually cleared with the discontinuation of steroids not very long after the discontinuation of the testosterone cycle. Studies have shown clear associations between testosterone and aggression.
Roid rage a type of impulse control - tendency to overreact to an event that normally wouldn't set you off. When external testosterone is supplemented our natural testosterone production is lowered. The testicles stop producing testosterone because there is plenty of it from external sournce.
As a result they temporarily shrink. During the testosterone cycle there isn't much we can do about testicular atrophy. Once the use of external testosterone comes to an end the natural testosterone production is gradually restored and testicles return to their full size. Steroid users speed up recovery by taking Clomiphene citrate brand names: Androxal, Clomid and Omifin.
HCG Human chorionic Gonadotropin is also used to rapidly restore natural testosterone production. While supplementing with Testosterone, men often notice a hightened libido sex drive. Likewise they notice a decrease of libido during the period when testosterone supplementation has ended and before natural testosterone production is restarted again with clomiphene citrate or HCG. This is simply nonsense that has been passed on by people developing improper conclusions not based on scientific reasoning.
This Testosterone is then free to do its job in the body. The same occurs with any and all esterified forms of Testosterone. Therefore, the only possible difference that esterification causes to Testosterone's effects is its half-life and rate of release. The esters only determine how much Testosterone is released into the bloodstream per given time frame. Underground labs and their brand names There are countless of underground producers of Testosterone Propionate. Some are proper labs who follow good manufacturing practices and have adequate equipment operated by knowledgable staff.
Majority however are just "bathtub pharmacies" created in someone's back room. They order raw materials from Asia, mix it together and repackage into vials - the end user can only hope it was done in sterile environment. There are too many underground brands to list and new one are created more or less daily. Some of the names are: History of Testosterone Propionate Testosterone Propionate was invented in The ester was created to maximize the use of Testosterone itself by prolonging its activity in the body.
Shortly afterwards, Schering AG from Germany began manufacturing the first Testosterone Propionate product under the bradn name Testoviron, which is still a very popular brand name today. Propionate was the most widely used form of Testosterone in the world until the s.
It briefly existed in sublingual tablet form, but was discontinued during the s. PCT protocols and programs are usually run for the duration of 4 to 6 weeks after all anabolic steroids have cleared from the body following the end of the cycle.
Price of Testosterone Propionate The prices vary depending on the quality and brand. The price difference is usually due to quality and purity of raw materials used, strength, and availability on the local market.
As is in human nature, some manufacturers will look to maximize their profit on the expense of the customer by using cheaper oils, less filtration due to lack of sophisticated equipment. To expedit filtration and dissolve lower quality raw materials, some labs use Guaiacol, Benzyl Salicylate, Octyl Salicylate, or Ethyl Oleate - which are harmful to the human body. By using these techniques they are able to have a cheaper product compared to higher quality competition.