Originally Dromostanolone (abbreviated to Drostanolone) known by trade name Masteron is an injectable oil-based anabolic steroid, derived from Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is a member of the DHT-derived family of anabolic steroids. Other known DHT-derivatives include: Winstrol, Anadrol Oxymetholone 50mg, Anavar Steroid, Primobolan, and a few more. Drostanolone (Masteron) is considered a moderate strength anabolic steroid with anabolic rating: 62 - 130 and low androgenic strenght: 25 - 40.
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Biochemistry of Masteron
Masteron is a modified form of Dihydrotestosterone, with a methyl group at the 2nd carbon (carbon alpha) atom. This modification is responsible for the anabolic strength increase. This methyl group makes it harder for the enzyme 3-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase to metabolize Masteron. This enzyme is abundantly present in muscle tissue, and is responsible for degrading any DHT into two inactive metabolites: 3-Alpha Androstanediol and 3-Beta Androstanediol. Because of this enzyme DHT is not anabolic in muscle tissue at all. It is believed that if the enzyme 3-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase was neutralized, DHT would actually be a very powerful anabolic steroid. Drostanolone's methyl group addition makes it imune to this enzyme.
A Masteron Cycle can be very exciting for many anabolic steroid users. Most commonly a Masteron cycle will be implemented during a cutting phase, and in most cases, at the backend when we are at our leanest. By using this steroid during this phase, the individual will develop a much harder and dryer look. A cutting Masteron cycle cannot make you lean all on it's own, you will still have to diet, but it can greatly enhance your overall look. In fact, it is considered an extremely important part of contest preparation for many competitive bodybuilders. A Masteron cycle can also be implemented outside of cutting phases. There's really no reason to include this steroid in a traditional bulking phase. If you're looking for extreme growth this isn't the steroid for you. However, if the individual is looking for a moderate increase in size or simply developing a better overall look this could be an option. A Masteron cycle can also be very beneficial for some competitive athletes. The Drostanolone hormone will increase the individual's strength. It will also do so without providing water retention or possible unwanted mass so as long as the total caloric intake doesn't get out of hand. Muscular endurance and recovery should also be improved. Such improvements may not be as great as some steroids, but they will be significant.
Post Steroid cycle treatment
Masteron iteself does not aromatize into Estrogen and thus does not require anti-estrogen protection throughout the cycle. However it is most commonly used in combination with a testosterone (which does require protection)
Following the end of any cycle, a thorough and proper Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) program is always necessary, where Testosterone-stimulating ancillary compounds such as Nolvadex and/or HCG should be utilized in order to facilitate the normalization of the HPTA and endogenous Testosterone production as quickly as possible. 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. Failure to engage in a proper PCT program can result in permanent damage to the HPTA, whereby the individual produces insufficient/deficient levels of Testosterone (a medical condition known as hypogonadism), and medical treatment in the form of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) for life will be required.
Masteron Side Effects
As discussed, Masteron possesses anti-estrogenic properties which results in the elimination of many of the unwanted side effects that AS users may experience, such as gynecomastia, water retention and dangerous increases in blood pressure. Although Masteron is a weak steroid and on paper it has low androgenic properties, it has already been mentioned that in practice the androgenic properties appear to be slightly higher than in theory, and secondly Masteron is a DHT derivative.
Briefly however, the side effects that may occur with use of Masteron include hair loss (if prone to male pattern baldness), aggression and acne. If a user does experience acne with other androgens such as testosterone, then it is a real possibility that they may experience it with the use of Masteron. I know of people who experience only a few spots with the use of testosterone however when using Masteron they experience many more spots. On the other hand, there are users who seem to experience less spots on Masteron than they do on Trenbolone.