Testosterone Propionate

 

  • Generic Name: Testosterone Propionate


Testosterone Propionate

ALTERNATIVE STEROID NAMES: Testosterona, Testoviron, Virormone, Anatest, Testovis Deposit, Testex Leo, Testogan, Testosterone Propionate, Propiobolic, Test P 250
ACTIVE SUBSTANCE: Testosterone Propionate
Strength Gains: Strength Gain 8/10
Mass & Weight Gains: Mass & Weight Gain 6/10
Fat Burning: Fat Burning 0/10
Cutting/Definition: Definition 0/10
Side Effects: Side Effects 4/10
Ability to keep Gains: Ability to keep Gains: 2/10
Usual dosages: 200 - 400 mg per week
Detection time: 3 months
Best combined with:
Bulking: Deca-durabolin, Equipoise, Dianabol, Anadrol
Cutting: Propionate is usually not used in cutting cycles.
Beginner Use: Use for Beginners 5/10
Female Use: Female Use 2/10
Pros: Very good strength and mass building, short-acting.
Cons: More frequent injections, possibly painful injections.

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Testosterone Propionate provides great gains of muscle and strength. Dosage for Testosterone Propionate is generally in the range of 50-100 mg every day to every other day.

Testosterone Propionate is an esterified form of the base steroid steroid testosterone, similar to cypionate and enanthate. The main difference with Testosterone Propionate and Cypionate and Enanthate is that Propionate is a very short ester and is still released quite fast. As such more frequent injections are needed. Levels will peak after 24-36 hours. Testosterone Propionate also stacks well with some other steroids, for bulking is the best stact to use Deca-durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) or Equipoise (Boldenone Undeclynate), and can addition Dianabol (Methandrostenlone) or Anadrol (Oxymetholone) for 5-6 weeks, at the beginning to fasten things. Propionate also works in a cutting cycle together with Proviron. With testosterone, almost any combination is possible. Because testosterone is always the stronger compound in a stack.

The problem with Testosterone Propionate is that injections can be painful, also the injection site can become irritated and swell.

LONG DESCRIPTION: Testosterone Propionate is a commonly manufactured, oil-based injectable testosterone compound. The added propionate ester will slow the rate in which the steroid is released from the injection site, but only for a few days. Testosterone propionate is therefore comparatively much faster acting than other testosterone esters such as cypionate or enanthate, and requires a much more frequent dosing schedule. While cypionate and enanthate are injected on a weekly basis, propionate is generally administered (at least) every third day. Figure one illustrates a typical release pattern after injection. As you can see, levels peak and begin declining quickly with this ester of testosterone. To make this drug even more uncomfortable to use, the propionate ester can be very irritating to the site of injection. In fact, many sensitive individuals choose to stay away from this steroid completely, their body reacting with a pronounced soreness and low-grade fever that may last for a few days. Even the mild soreness that is experienced by most users can be quite uncomfortable, especially when taking multiple injections each week. The standard esters like enanthate and cypionate, which are clearly easier to use, are therefore much more popular among athletes.

Those who are not bothered by frequent injections will find that propionate is quite an effective steroid. It is of course of powerful mass drug, capable of producing rapid gains in size and strength. At the same time the buildup of estrogen and DHT (dihydrotestosterone) will be pronounced, so typical testosterone side effects are to be expected. Some do consider propionate to be the mildest testosterone ester, and the preferred form of this hormone for dieting/cutting phases of training. Some will go so far as to say that propionate will harden the physique. while giving the user less water and fat retention than one typically expects to see with a testosterone. Realistically however, this is nonsense. The ester is removed before testosterone is active in the body, and likewise the ester cannot alter the activity of the parent steroid in any way, only slow its release. We can say that propionate might be the favored testosterone among female bodybuilders (for those who insist on testosterone use!) as blood levels are easier to control with it compared to other esters. Should virilization symptoms develop, one would not wish to wait the weeks needed for testosterone concentrations to fall after a shot of enanthate for example.

During a typical cycle one will see action that is consistent with a testosterone. Users sensitive to gynecomastia may therefore need to addition an antiestrogen. Those particularly troubled may find that a combination of Nolvadex and Proviron works especially well at preventing/halting this occurrence. Also unavoidable with a testosterone are androgenic side effects like oily skin, acne, increased aggression and body/facial hair growth. Those who may have a predisposition for male pattern baldness may also find that propionate will aggravate this condition. To help combat this we also have the option of adding Propecia/Proscar, which will reduce the buildup of DHT in many androgen target tissues. This will help minimize related side effects (particularly hair loss) although it offers us no guarantees. And as with all testosterone products, propionate will also suppress endogenous testosterone production. The use of a testosterone stimulating drug like HCG and/or Clomid is therefore almost a requirement in order to avoid enduring a post-cycle crash.

The most common dosage schedule for this compound (men) is to inject 50 to 100 mg, every 2nd or 3rd day. As with the more popular esters, the total weekly dosage would be in the range of 200-400 mg. As with all testosterone compounds, this drug is most appropriately suited for bulking phases of training. Here it is most often combined with other strong agents such as Dianabol, Anadrol 50 or Deca-Durabolin, combinations that prove to be quite formidable. Propionate however is sometimes also used with non aromatizing anabolics/androgens during cutting or dieting phases of training, a time when its' fast action and androgenic nature are also appreciated. Popular stacks include a moderate dosage of propionate with an oral anabolic like Winstrol (15-35 mg daily), Primobolan (50-150 mg daily) or oxandrolone (15-30 mg daily). Provided the body fat percentage is sufficiently low, the look of dense muscularity can be notably improved (barring any excess estrogen buildup from the testosterone). We can further add a non-aromatizing androgen like trenbolone or Halotestin, which should have an even more extreme effect on subcutaneous body fat and muscle hardness. Of course with the added androgen content any related side effects will become much more pronounced.

Women who absolutely must use an injectable testosterone should only use this preparation. The dosage schedule should also be more spread out for a female bodybuilder, with injections coming every 5 to 7 days. The dosage obviously would be lower as well, generally in the range of 25 mg to 50 mg per injection. Androgenic activity should be less pronounced with this schedule, giving blood levels time to sufficiently decrease before the drug is administered again. In order to further reduce any risks, the duration of this cycle should not exceed 8 weeks. Should a stronger anabolic effect be needed, a small amount of Durabolin (Deca-Durabolin if unavailable), Oxandrolone or Winstrol could be added. Of course the risk of noticing virilizing effects from these drugs may increase, even with the addition of a mild anabolic. Since many of the masculinizing side effects of steroid use can be irreversible, it is very important for the female athlete to monitor the dosage, duration and incidence of side effects very closely.

In the black market propionate is not an abundant item. Although individual ampules are commonly cheap in the pharmacies of many countries, purchases here can be quite different. When looking to buy the total number of ampules needed for a complete cycle the costs for this drug can add up quickly. This is especially true when purchasing individual ampules, which usually carry a high price tag even if the content is only 50 mg of steroid. Obtaining a multi-dose vial preparation such as Testosterona from Brovel (Mexico), Testopro (Loeffler) or Testogan by Laguinsa (S. American) is the best way to reduce the price of this compound, as the cost for each injection on should be considerably reduced with a large container. The higher dosage in the 100 mg product from Brovel and the 250 mg item from Loeffler (see following) also bring the price down for this steroid considerably, and seem to be sparking new interest in this ester. Athletes however generally still find propionate to be a bit too much trouble though, and usually prefer the longer acting testosterones like cypionate or enanthate. Although demand for this steroid is low, it is of course still an acceptable option.

Recently the Mexican veterinary firm Loeffler released nothing less than the most shocking propionate product ever developed by any company. It is called Testopro L/A, and is a 10 ml vial of propionate in an unheard of strength of 250 mg/ml. This dosage is more shocking than it sounds at first next to all the 250 mg enanthate and now cypionate products in circulation. Testosterone propionate is less oil soluble than testosterone enanthate or cypionate, making a high dosage more difficult to achieve. Before Testopro the highest concentration you could find of this steroid was 100 mg/ml. Reaching 250 milligrams is no doubt a result of not simply adding more steroid to one ml of oil, but increasing the alcohol content in the solution considerably as well. This makes for a much more uncomfortable solution to inject. Although admittedly the highest dose of propionate you will ever find, users have been reporting that it is also intolerably painful. Most find they have to dilute the solution with other lower dosed steroids if they are to continue using the product. This should be no a surprise I guess with a steroid that already has a reputation as being painful to inject.


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