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Female bodybuilding is an ever evolving sport filled with myths and bad information.  With the explosion of the Bikini Class of competitors, you see less of the mass monster women and yet still there are drugs like steroids in these sports.  This information is for females interested in bodybuilding but should not be considered medical advice nor should it be an endorsement for using illegal drugs. Keep in mind we don’t promote drug use however we do offer alternatives that would be safer and more effective for women under many circumstances. Ladies, realize that your body has 5-10% of the testosterone as a normal male and is much more sensitive to level changes.

Avg. Adult Male 270-1,070 ng/dl Testosterone

Avg. Adult Female 15-70 ng/dl Testosterone


The issue with women and steroids like testosterone and trenbolone is the “virulizing” side effects that come from steroid use. These include:

  • Clitoral Enlargement
  • Facial Hair
  • Excessive Hair Growth
  • Voice Deepening
  • Acne

Virulizing comes from many sources.  Women who use the wrong kinds of steroids like testosterone, masteron, trenbolone or other highly androgenic steroids can develop these symptoms.  Additionally, long term heavy lifting can increase the natural DHT levels in females which over time can cause these effects.


I see it time and time again. Coaches put very young competitors on steroids right away as a mechanism for gaining muscle.  Even prior to their first show, many women are told to pop 10mg of anavar to get harder and leaner.  Steroids do have their place for serious competitors and novices in some circumstances, but the industry is way too quick to tell women to take these steroids especially when they have not exhausted supplements as a means of getting bigger.


Before we dive into steroids for women, prohormones are another option.  They are legal and milder than methyl steroids and often don’t have nearly any of the side effects that you see with the actual anabolic steroids.

17beta-{1-ketoethyl}-androstane-3-one,17a-ol – this prohormone is very mild and should reduce estrogenic effects while providing a mild anabolic effect.  This is perfect for women who want to dry out and cut.

17beta-{1-ketoethyl}-androsta-1,4-diene-3-one,17a-ol – this is a prohormone to boldenone (EQ) which provides a mild anabolic effect along with increased appetite and joint relief.

19Nor-DHEA – this is technically a prohormone to Nandrolone (Deca) yet it has SARM qualities too (which means it binds to the androgen receptor in key tissues like muscle but not in the areas you don’t want like the clitoris, jaw and facial hair receptors).  This is truly the perfect hormone for females to take in our estimation.  It’s very good at building muscle and may actually benefit women who lift heavy long term in preventing virulizing side effects.


Oxandralone (Anavar) ORAL – this steroid is the “go to” for any female competitors who want to take steroids. Anavar has very few virulizing effects but it does have one major negative side effect.  Anavar was developed for burn victims because it increases skin growth.  This has an unfortunate effect of causing cystic acne in many competitors.  Cystic acne is the very destructive scarring acne that develops in both sexes that isn’t just a pimple but a hard cystic boil. You can see them as hard, red bumps on the jawline of many competitors.  Anavar would be the perfect short term steroid for women except for this effect.

Nandrolone (Deca) INJECT – this is in my opinion the “perfect” steroid for women to take.  It is highly anabolic in muscle tissue and may actually reverse virulizing effects in women.  Thus long term I feel that nandrolone is the best steroid for the female competitor who wants to have a lengthy career and keep using anabolics as a means to advance her fitness goals.

Methenelone (Primobolan) INJECT – another mild steroid that increases hardness and lean mass.  This one is similar to Anavar without the skin effects yet it may cause more virulization at higher doses.


Methandrostenolone (Dianabol) – if you want to gain wet mass, this steroid is pretty safe for females.  It’s not very androgenic but still be very careful.

Boldenone (Equipoise) – another lean mass steroid with limited androgenic effects which may help repair joints and increase appetite.

Stanozolol (winstrol) – a DHT compound with an A-ring modification to reduce the androgenic effects.  It’s questionable at best but does harden quite well and may balance mood.


Testosterone – if taken with a DHT inhibitor like finasteride, this could work well for females but be very cautious with the virulization effects.

Trenbolone – very androgenic and can cause nearly immediate changes for females

Drostanolone (Masteron) – a DHT derivative for females is a very bad idea! Believe it or not I have heard of numerous female competitors that use this during prep.


While we don’t suggest females use anabolic steroids in general, it is going to happen, so it’s best that females choose the safest and most effective anabolics whether legal or illegal.  Ladies, don’t count out the legal prohormones because in your case they can be as effective as illegal anabolics if not more effective.