Primobolan is a relatively mild anabolic steroid. In fact, while possible side effects of Primobolan do exist they are generally mild and often very easy to avoid. Side effect free supplementation is more than possible with this steroid, and that includes use by men and women. Overall, the side effects of Primobolan will primarily revolve around androgenicity and cholesterol. But again, most healthy adults, including women can supplement without the side effects of Primobolan being an issue.
There are no estrogenic side effects of Primobolan. This anabolic steroid does not aromatize, it is not a progestin and as a result cannot promote gynecomastia or water retention. The use of an anti-estrogen is not necessary due to the use of the Methenolone hormone. If gynecomastia or water retention occurs it is because of other steroids you may be using as both are physically impossible with this steroid.
The side effects of Primobolan can include those of an androgenic nature. This steroid’s androgenicity is not that strong; its androgenic rating falls at 44-57. However, this is enough to produce androgenic effects in some who supplement. The androgenic side effects of Primobolan can include acne, hair loss and body hair growth, but they are highly dependent on genetic predispositions. Men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness, meaning they’re going to lose their hair no matter what they do, may find the use of this steroid speeds up their hair loss. Men who are not predisposed will not lose any hair. Then there’s acne, and again it is highly dependent on genetics. If you are already sensitive to acne you may break out. Those who are generally acne free should not have a problem. If you are acne sensitive, staying clean and dry will offer a good bit of protection. It is important to note – the Methenolone hormone is not metabolized by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This is the enzyme responsible for the metabolism of testosterone by reducing it to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In the case of Methenolone or Primobolan, it’s already DHT and there is nothing to metabolize. As a result, 5-alpha reductase inhibitors like Finasteride will not reduce the androgenicity of this hormone. The androgenic side effects of Primobolan can also lead to and promote virilization symptoms in women. Virilization symptoms may include body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement. Fortunately, this steroid carries a lower virilization rating than many steroids and the threshold for such effects is rather high. With low dose responsible use, most women can avoid these side effects of Primobolan. However, genetics will be the final determining factor. If for any reason virilization symptoms do occur, if use is discontinued at their onset they will fade away rapidly. If the symptoms are ignored, they may become permanent.
The cardiovascular side effects of Primobolan will primarily revolve around cholesterol, both the suppression of HDL cholesterol and increase in LDL cholesterol. The overall effect on cholesterol can be quite significant, much greater than most injectable steroids, but much less than most oral steroids. In order to protect your health, if you have high cholesterol you should not supplement with this steroid until your cholesterol is under control and you have been cleared by your doctor. If you are healthy enough for use, you should ensure you do all you can to promote the continuation of healthy cholesterol. This means your diet should be rich in omega fatty acids, low in simple sugars and saturated fats; daily fish oil supplementation is advised. It is also advised that cardiovascular activity be implemented into your daily routine. Many may also find the use of a cholesterol antioxidant supplement to be useful.
The side effects of Primobolan will include natural testosterone suppression in all men who use the steroid. All anabolic steroids have the ability to suppress natural testosterone production but the rate of suppression is dependent on the steroid in question and the total dosing. In the case of Primobolan, while it will suppress production it is very mild compared to most steroids. In fact, with low doses the total rate of suppression should be less than 50%. However, with true performance base doses the rate of suppression will be extreme. For this reason, most men will necessarily include exogenous testosterone in their plan in order to avoid a low testosterone condition. Once the use of Primobolan and all other anabolic steroids comes to an end natural testosterone production will begin again. However, it will take time to fully recover your previous levels of testosterone. Most men are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan in order to facilitate a stronger recovery. This will cut the recovery time down, and while it will not get you back to your high levels on your own it will ensure you have enough testosterone for proper bodily function while your levels continue to naturally rise. Important notes – natural testosterone recovery assumes no prior low testosterone condition. Natural recovery also assumes the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA) was not severely damaged due to improper steroid use.
Because it’s an oral steroid it’s easy to assume the side effects of Primobolan will include those of a hepatotoxic nature. However, while an oral steroid it is one of the few oral steroids that is not C17-alpha alkylated and will not promote hepatic stress.