Masteron Introduction & Overview
Masteron is an injectable anabolic steroid and probably the most recognized “brand-name” for the chemical compound drostanolone propionate.
Masteron is regularly described as a steroid offering incredible anabolic and anti-estrogenic properties. Compared to some of the other anabolic steroids on the market today it’s anabolic properties should be classified as “moderate”, but it can still supercharge your ability to pack on pound after pound of lean muscle mass when supplementing with this chemical compound – especially when you’re looking to add muscle while cutting before a competition or without adding any extra fat or water retention along the way.
History of Masteron
One of the first few anabolic steroids to really hit the “mainstream”, Masteron was first produced in 1959.
A chemical laboratory called Syntex was responsible for cooking up this combination of chemical agents in 1959, working to produce a handful of different anabolic steroids that included Anadrol and Superdrol as well.
This organization was working with a handful of other research laboratories, splitting the cost of research with another lab in exchange for the opportunity to market all of the research produced in conjunction with other organizations working on Masteron.
The Lily laboratories had the ability to sell the Masteron formula in the United States under the “Drolban” brand name, whereas Syntex had the opportunity to sell the same formula internationally while marketing it as Masteron.
Masteron quickly became a popular solution in Belgium, Portugal, throughout the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and even as far away as Japan. In the United States, the same formula also gained a tremendous amount of traction. Things really started to take off when the US Food and Drug Administration approved its use for medicinal purposes in the 1960s.
The first medical prescriptions of Masteron were handed out as a treatment agent for women that were dealing with advanced and inoperable breast-cancer issues. The overwhelming majority of women utilizing Masteron in these situations were postmenopausal.
Because of the success of the drug in the United States, this became the “standard operating procedure” for Masteron medicinal prescriptions around the world. Doctors and female patients unlike were told that there was considerably less virilization when utilizing the formula for Masteron, especially when compared to equal dosages of testosterone that had been used before Masteron was cleared by the FDA.
Side effects from using high dosages of Masteron could include symptoms such as a deepening of the female voice, increases in acne presentation, facial hair growth, and an enlargement of certain sex organs. The side effects were common with dosages on 300 mg per week – which were considered the standard fare at the time – and women were able to mitigate the side effects by lowering their dosages while still enjoying many of the benefits Masteron brought to the table.
Of course, plenty of athletes and bodybuilders throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and especially in the 1980s took advantage of everything Masteron had to offer as far as lean muscle mass production and anabolic steroid results were concerned.
Facing pushback from the US government because of how frequently these drugs were used in recreational settings by athletes, a number of manufacturers responsible for producing the Masteron formula voluntarily began discontinuing the sale of this chemical agent.
During the late 1980s almost all production of Masteron ceased to exist, and the last few laboratories producing these chemical agents in the Western world were located in Belgium – and they shut their doors for good in the late 1990s.
Though there are no laws or legal roadblocks stopping anyone from firing up production of Masteron again in the United States right now (this very minute), any widescale reemergence of Masteron as a prescription drug is considered to be very unlikely.
Chemical Characteristics of Masteron
As we made mention of earlier, Masteron is (at its very core) nothing more than a slightly modified version of DHT. This modification, however, makes all the difference.
Chemists work to introduce a methyl group at the Carbon 2 position in the DHT chemical compound structure, dramatically improving the anabolic strength of the steroid by boosting its resistance to your metabolism.
Instead of rapidly metabolizing the anabolic properties of Masteron almost immediately, particularly in your skeletal muscle tissue, Masteron is able to prolong the metabolizing of the anabolic substances – increasing the half-life of this chemical compound while at the same time improving its ability to deliver biochemical payload as well.
Another modification made introduces a carboxylic acid ester to the 17 beta hydroxyl group. Esterified steroids have a lot less polarity than “free” steroids, making them absorbed into the body at a much slower pace after they have been injected. This again improves the overall half-life of these anabolic steroids, allowing the individual esters to remove themselves from the active drostanolone compounds that can then move quickly through the human body.
You won’t have to inject Masteron as often as you would more traditional anabolic steroids while seeing prolonged results across the board. It’s the best of both worlds, with the half-life of Masteron coming in just over 48 hours after your initial injection.
The Side Effects of Masteron
According to the chemists responsible for creating Masteron, this chemical compound is not going to be aromatized by the body – and doesn’t have any measurable estrogenic properties, either.
You won’t have to take advantage of anti-estrogen compounds while utilizing Masteron because of this unique twist of chemistry, and gynecomastia (and other higher estrogen levels side effects) shouldn’t ever be a problem when you choose to take advantage of this steroid.
You also aren’t going to have to worry about common elevated estrogen issue like water retention or the presentation of access subcutaneous fluid, either. This is why Masteron is such a popular steroid when you are cutting (particularly before a competition), as it will help you to maintain your muscularity – and even build on your muscularity – without adding pound after pound of fat or water weight to go with each pound of lean muscle mass.
On the flip side of things, even though Masteron is classified as an anabolic steroid there is going to be the possibility for androgenic side effects to rear their ugly head when you supplement with this performance-enhancing drug.
This is especially true when you start to go beyond medical therapeutic dosages and instead start to get into the kinds of dosages that amateur and professional athletes and bodybuilders inevitably start to play around with.
You may begin to experience side effects that include elevated production of oil on your skin, acne breakouts, increased body and facial hair growth, as well as the possibility for male pattern baldness – if you already have genetics that are predisposed to that condition in the first place.
Women in particular may begin to see some androgenic side effects as well, including a deepening of their voice, irregularities pertaining to their menstrual cycle, significant changes in the texture and complexion of their skin, facial hair growth, and the potential for the enlargement of their sex organs.
Thankfully though, because Masteron has not been C-17 Alpha alkylated, the odds of liver toxicity are very low.
Of course, like any other anabolic or androgenic steroid, should you choose to supplement with Masteron over an extended amount of time you run the risk of having a negative impact on your serum cholesterol levels.
Good cholesterol levels can be lowered while your bad cholesterol levels can be increased, changing the HDL and LDL balance in your body towards much greater risks of arteriosclerosis.
A lot of these kinds of side effects – and the risk factors pertaining to the side effects – are going to be dependent on how large your dosage is, how often your dosage is, how you administer Masteron, and a whole host of other specifics pertaining to your particular use of this performance-enhancing drug.
In an effort to really reduce the amount of strain are placing on your cardiovascular system should you choose to use Masteron, regular cardiovascular activity is encouraged to strengthen your cardio system. It’s not a bad idea to limit the amount of saturated fats, cholesterol, and simple carbohydrates you are consuming when you are using Masteron, either.
Finally, it’s important to understand that all anabolic and androgenic steroids – including Masteron – when taken in large enough amounts to provide the kind of muscle growth you are looking at the ability to suppress your natural testosterone production.
This is why you have to make sure that you are regularly cycling Masteron (which we will touch on in just a moment), but it’s also not a bad idea to take advantage of testosterone stimulating substances that will get your natural test levels back to normal within anywhere between 30 days and 120 days or so.
Push too long and too hard with Masteron over an extended amount of time and you may run into hypogonadatrophic hypogonadism issues that require serious medical intervention, with symptoms that may not be able to be reversed at all.
Administration of Masteron & Dosing
Right out of the gate, we need to tell you that the US FDA has never approved the use of Masteron for men in any way whatsoever.
This was a drug that was always sought to be used by women dealing with inoperable breast-cancer issues, and while plenty of men have been able to see some pretty significant benefits from using Masteron – particularly when it comes to the performance-enhancing properties of this drug – it’s important that you understand exactly what you’re getting into when you start to administer this compound yourself.
As a general rule of thumb, men are going to want to start off with three injections of Masteron per week – usually every other day – with a typical injection consisting of between 200 mg and 400 mg of this chemical compound.
A normal cycle of these injections will run between 6 weeks to 12 weeks of injections with another 6 weeks to 12 weeks of rest between cycles, before rinsing and repeating the process for as long as you’d like to continue to see the results Masteron is capable of producing.
It’s not at all uncommon for advanced bodybuilders or experienced athletes that have used steroids in the past to combine Masteron with other anabolic and androgenic compounds in a “stack”. Depending upon what a bodybuilder or athlete is looking to achieve, they might combine Masteron with mass gaining compounds or fat burning compounds (depending on whether they are bulking or cutting).
Masteron is one of the friendliest performance-enhancing drugs out there today for coexisting and working well with other anabolic steroids. Most usually it is used while cutting, however, thanks to its ability to limit the amount of water retention and fat you’ll build while training.
Buying Masteron Online & Availability of Masteron
As we made mention of earlier, Masteron is no longer produced by prescription drug pharmacies or laboratories operating legally around the world. There are only a handful of suppliers that continue to produce this chemical compound for export oriented pharmaceutical operation.
The overwhelming majority of Masteron is produced in underground steroid laboratories located around the world.
This means that even though “legitimate” sources are no longer producing Masteron there are plenty of black market sources available to find this performance-enhancing drug if you’re interested in taking advantage of it.
Obviously, purchasing or distributing Masteron could carry some pretty significant legal penalties if you are caught. In the United States this drug is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance which may result in a felony conviction that stays on your permanent record from here on out.
At the end of the day, Masteron remains one of the most popular bodybuilding steroids available. If you look long and hard – and connect with the right people – your odds of finding a steady supply of legitimate Masteron are pretty solid.