Testosterone Propionate

Testosterone
propionate, after Testosterone Cypionate and Testosterone Enanthate, is the
third injectable testosterone ester that needs to be described in detail. This
makes sense because, unlike cypionate and enanthate, both of which are widely
used and well spread in Europe, proprionate is little noticed by most athletes.
The reader will now certainly pose the question of why the characteristics of
an apparently rarely used substance are described in detail. At a first glance
this might seem a little unusual but when looking at this substance more
closely, there are several reasons that become clear. Testosterone propionate
is used on so few occasions in weight lifting, power lifting, and body building
not because it is ineffective. On the contrary, most do not know about
propionate and its application potential. One acts according to the mottos
“what you don’t know won’t hurt you” and “If others don’t use,
it can’t be any good.” We do not want to go this far and call propionate
the most effective testosterone ester, however, in certain applications it is
superior to enanthate, cypionate, and also undecanoate because it has
characteristics, which the common testosterones do not have.

The main
difference between propionate, cypionate, and enanthate is the respective
duration of effect. In contrast to the long-acting enanthate and cypionate
depot steroids, propionate has a distinctly lower duration of effect. The
reader learns how long this time is from the package insert of the German Jenapharm
GmbH for their compound “Testosteron Jenapharm” (see list with trade
names): “Testosterone proprionate has a duration of effect of 1 to 2
days.” An eye-catching difference, however, is that the athlete
“draws” distinctly less water with propionate and visibly lower water
retention occurs. Since propionate is quickly effective, often after only one
or two days, the athlete experiences an increase of his training energy, a
better pump, an increased appetite, and a slight strength gain. As an initial
dose most athletes prefer a 50-100 mg injection. This offers two options:
First, because of the rapid initial effect of the propionate-ester one can
initiate a several week long steroid treatment with Testosterone Enanthate.
Those who cannot wait until the depot steroids become effective inject 250 mg
of Testosterone Enanthate and 50 mg of Testosterone propionate at the beginning
of the treatment. After two days, when the effect of the propionates decreases,
another 50 mg ampule is injected. Two days after that, the elevated
testosterone level caused by the propionate begins to decrease. By that time,
the effect of the enanthates in the body would be present; no further
propionate injections would be necessary. Thus the athlete rapidly reaches and
maintains a high testosterone level for a long time due to the depot testo.
This, for example, is important for athletes who with Anadrol 50 over the
six-week treatment have gained several pounds and would now like to switch to
testosterone. Since Anadrol 50 begins its “breakdown” shortly after
use of the compound is discontinued, a fast and elevated testosterone level is
desirable.

The second option is to take propionate during the entire period of intake.
This, however, requires a periodic injection every second day. Best results can
be obtained with 50-100 mg per day or every second day. The athlete, as already
mentioned, will experience visibly lower water retention than with the depot
testosterones so that propionate is well liked by body builders who easily draw
water with enanthate. A good stack for gaining muscle mass would be, for
example, 100 mg Testosterone propionate every 2 days, 50 mg Winstrol Depot
every 2 days, and 30 mg Dianabol/day. Propionate is mainly used in the
preparation for a competition and used by female athletes. And in this phase,
dieting is often combined with, testosterone to maintain muscle mass and muscle
density at their maximum. Propionate has always proven effective in this regard
since it fulfills these requirements while lowering possible water retention.
This water retention can be tempered by using Nolvadex and Proviron. A
combination of 100 mg Testosterone propionate every 2 days, either 50 mg
Winstrol Depot/day or 76 mg Parabolan every 2 days, and 25 mg Oxandrolone/day
help achieve this goal and are suitable for building up “quality
muscles.”

Women especially like propionate since, when applied properly, androgenic
caused side effects can be avoided more easily The trick is to increase the
time intervals between the various injections so that the testosterone level
can fall again and so there is an accumulation of androgens in the female
organism. Women therefore take propionate only every 5-7 days and obtain
remarkable results with it. The, androgenic effect included in the propionate
allows better regeneration without virilization symptoms for hard-training
women. The dosage is usually 25-50 mg/injection. Higher dosages and more
frequent intervals of intake would certainly show even better results but are
not recommended for women. The duration of intake should not exceed 8-10 weeks
and can be supplemented by taking mild and mostly anabolic steroids such as,
for example, Primobolan, Durabolin, and Anadur in order to promote the
synthesis of protein. Men who do not fear the intake of testosterone or the
possible side effects should go ahead and give propionate a try. The side
effects of propionate are usually less frequent and are less pronounced. The
reason is that the weekly dose of propionate is usually much lower than with depot
testosterones. A daily injection of 50 mg amounts to a weekly dose of 350 mg
while several depot injections easily launch the milligram content of
testosterone into the four-figure range. When compared with enanthate and
cypionate, propionate is also a “milder” substance and thus better
tolerated in the body. Those who are convinced that they need daily
testosterone injections should consider taking propionate. The key to success
with propionate lies in the regular intake of relatively small quantities (50-100
mg every 1-2 days.)

Although the side effects of propionate are similar to the ones of enanthate
and cypionate these, as already mentioned, occur less frequently. However, if
there is a predisposition and very high dosages are taken, the known androgenic-linked
side effects such as acne vulgaris, accelerated hair loss, and increased growth
of body hair and deep voice can occur. An increased libido is common both in
men and women with the use of propionate. Despite the high conversion rate of
propionate into estrogen gynecomastia is less common than with other
testosterones. The same is true for possible water retention since the
retention of electrolytes and water is less pronounced. The administration of
testosterone stimulating compounds such as HCG and Clomid can, however, also be
advised with propionate use since it has a strong influence on the
hypothalamohypophysial testicular axis, suppressing the endogenous hormone
production. The toxic influence on the liver is minimal so that a liver damage is
unlikely (see also Testosterone Enanthate). What athletes dislike most about
propionate are the frequent injections that are necessary.


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