Masteron - the commercial name for the product that is chemically known as drostanolone propionate - is an anabolic/androgenic steroid. One of the primary things that make Masteron stand out is that it is highly androgenic, but only slightly anabolic. Also, Masteron is favored by many people because it does not aromatization - the phenomenon of a body subjected to certain steroids amping up its estrogen production, resulting in unfavorable symptoms like a bloated face, neck and other issues.
The Basics of Masteron
Masteron is a classified as a Schedule III drug in the United States, and is therefore only available with a prescription and is illegal to own otherwise. However, people routinely obtain this steroid through the underground or black market. Professional athletes are banned from using the substance, as it is considered a performance enhancer that gives users an unfair advantage over those who do not use it. Many professional athletic events and sports require competitors to undergo drug screening; if Masteron or many other anabolic steroids are detected in an athlete's blood or urine, they can be disqualified and/or be subject to a broad range of penalties.
So, what is Masteron? Masteron is a derivative of DHT (or dihydrotestosterone). It is taken in pill form and is available as an injection, as well. Since it is a non-aromatizing steroid, it is very popular with bodybuilders who wish avoids water retention in order to achieve the most "cut" results possible. During cutting cycles - periods of time between bulking up muscles - bodybuilders cut as much excess fat and water weight from their bodies, allowing the muscles to appear more sculpted and defined. Since many anabolic steroids cause aromatization, they can get in the way of these goals; however, this is not an issue with Masteron.
Side Effects Of Masteron
Because Masteron is non-aromatizing, many common estrogen issues associated with anabolic/androgenic steroid use are not involved with it. Therefore, many of the side effects typically found with these sorts of drugs are not present in this steroid. Gynecomastia - the phenomenon of growing womanly breasts - is another very dreaded side effect of many anabolic steroids, but is not a risk with Masteron. Additionally, unlike many other similar drugs, Masteron does not pose a risk of elevated blood pressure or cause damage to the liver in the people who use it.
What sorts of side effects does Masteron cause, then? Masteron generally causes the androgenic side effects typical with this variety of steroids. These side effects can include increased aggression, acne, oily skin, hair loss and increased body or facial hair growth. The hair loss side effect is especially pronounced among men who are already experiencing receding hairlines or male pattern baldness; Masteron seems to speed both of these up, so men who wish to keep the hair that they have should probably stay away from this steroid.
When Masteron Is Used
Most bodybuilders rely on Masteron primarily during the cutting cycle, since it does not cause water retention but gives them the extra strength necessary to push their bodies to the limit. It is not common for people to use Masteron during bulking up cycles. Although many professional bodybuilders use this steroid, many recreational or amateur bodybuilders use it periodically, as well.