Using steroids comes with a lot of taboo and stigma which may or may not be a well-earned reputation, but it’s important to know your facts and understand that the bad reputation that steroids have received over the years stems from examples of overuse. After all, too much of a good thing can be bad. That said. With precaution and if you have a certain medical reason, steroids are a blessing. Here we take close look at Mesterolone to understand its place in the world of steroids just a little bit better.
What is Mesterolone and How Does it Work?
Mesterolone (Proviron) is the chemical name for an anabolic steroid that is perhaps more commonly known by its brand names. It is an AAS (Anabolic androgenic steroid), however, in the case of Mesterolone, it is more androgenic than it is anabolic. It is often used for its androgenic properties and while it is meant to be used for medical conditions it is also used in the world of bodybuilding stacked with other steroids.
- Increases testosterone levels
- Increases muscle mass
- Helps in treating impotence
- Helps in treating infertility
- Oral steroid, no need for injections
Unlike many other steroids, this one is taken orally and is commonly used to treat deficiency of male sex hormones. We’ll go into the uses for Mesterolone below. Before that though, let’s take a quick look at how it works.
Dosage can vary between 50 to 150 mg depending on need and goals. Since it is more androgenic rather than anabolic, this steroid works by increasing androgen receptors in the body. What this means is that it won’t actively increase or affect production or testosterone levels but it will help with male sex traits and to a large extent reduce the production in estrogen which often causes the main side effects of many steroids.
Who makes Mesterolone?
Mesterolone is the chemical name for the steroid, it is sold under various brand names from various manufacturers. The most well-known brand name for Proviron. Other brand names include – Pluriviron, Vistimon, Androviron, Testiwop and Mesteranum to name a few.
Proviron is the best known perhaps because it was at the forefront of developing Mesterolone. It is known as one of the oldest steroids and was developed in the 1930s.
There are most brand names available for this particular steroid but it’s important to check the product and who manufactures it to ensure you are getting a safe product of good quality.
Uses for Mesterolone and Other details
Most importantly Mesterolone is used to treat androgen deficiency in male hypogonadism and to help support male fertility. It is also used to treat delayed puberty in boys. In these disorders, the body doesn’t produce enough male hormones naturally. This drug helps to address that and treat it.
It is also used as an estrogen inhibitor. A very common side effect of steroids is that the way they are metabolized if they are taken in excess – which is usually the case, they create estrogen as a by-product. This leads to two of the most well-known side effects of taking steroids, steroid gut and enlargement of breast tissue. Using Mesterolone helps inhibit and in some cases block estrogen production which makes it ideal for stacking with other steroids.
It is also used by bodybuilders to increase muscle hardness, libido, improve sexual health and provide an overall sense of well-being.
Mesterolone can be prescribed to treat sexual dysfunction or to treat male menopause which experienced by older men who notice a drop in their testosterone levels.
While it is highly recommended that women avoid steroids and Mesterolone is no exception, this is one of the steroids that women do take in much smaller doses to help burn fat and help with fitness goals. Women who plan on getting pregnant or already are should avoid Mesterolone at all costs. Hormone therapy of any nature is incredibly unsafe for a developing fetus.
Men are often recommended to take for up to 12 weeks at a time and for women who might consider it that recommended time is close to 4 weeks and not more.
Claimed Benefits of Mesterolone
There are a number of benefits to using Mesterolone as long as it isn’t abused or done in excess it can offer great benefits. It is a fairly popular choice as an aromatase inhibitor and an anti-estrogenic compound.
It is manufactured in many different countries under many different names, this means it is fairly widely available.
Although mild, it still possesses anabolic properties that could help contribute to tissue (muscle) growth.
A fairly large benefit of using Mesterolone is the way it resists aromatization, which is the process that converts testosterone into estrogen in males. Everyone produces the same hormones in different quantities, this means that women and men BOTH produce testosterone AND estrogen. However, men produce more testosterone which helps provide all the masculine traits and women produce more estrogen. The varying levels exist to provide balance and promote good health. When testosterone levels in men increase from use of steroids, so do the estrogen level. This imbalance is what causes the many side effects associated with steroids. The benefit of Mesterolone is that it allows for high levels of testosterone but blocks and/or inhibits the release of more estrogen which means no steroid gut, no bloating and no oversized breasts in men.
It is also extremely useful and successfully so in the treatment of certain hormone disorders and the issues of delayed puberty in males.
Things to Watch Out For in Proviron
Ultimately, it’s not exactly a natural product which means it comes with a lot of cautionary points that need to be taken into consideration if you are at all giving Mesterolone a thought.
The very first thing to keep in mind is that there are several factors that affect the effectiveness of Mesterolone. Age and weight are the most obvious ones, but one of the most important factors to keep in mind is the way it might interact with other steroids or even medication that might be prescribed. Since it is a chemical, there are chances that it might react both positively and negatively with other medication, steroids, and supplements that one might be taking. This means it’s vital to consult a doctor before you consider taking Mesterolone. Dosage and frequency are also important to help understand effectiveness.
It is not very effective if you are looking to use it as a bulking agent, while it might provide mild anabolic properties, by itself it is not ideal for bulking.
Some negative side effects of Proviron include:
- Suppression of testosterone
- Increased levels of bad cholesterol – this means increased risk of heart problems
- Excessive growth of hair
- Issues with high blood pressure
This list is admittedly short when compared to adverse side effects that one might be victim to when taking steroids but they are still fairly serious and must not be taken lightly.
Women should avoid high doses or extensive use of steroids and Mesterolone is no exception. An increase in androgens can lead to male traits becoming more prominent is a semi-permanent to the permanent possibility. Side effects include:
- Shrinking of breast tissue
- Enlarged clitoris
- Change in voice – deeper and more masculine
- The growth of facial hair
- Disruption in the regularity of the menstruation cycle
This steroid has successfully been credited to improve sex life, sexual health, and increase in libido. Making it a good choice for older men who are looking for a way to avoid the downsides of male menopause.
Finally, everyone who has ever thought about steroid use must consider the fact that steroids essentially are a form of hormone therapy that when used in excess or improperly can create imbalances. It is these imbalances that provide both the dramatic results and the horrible side effects.
Final Say on Proviron
Although they are illegal in the United States without a prescription, they are more easily available in many other countries. This makes it an actually viable option for many people.
If you are considering Mesterolone, its important remember that by itself it probably won’t do you much good unless you are looking to take it for medical reasons. Stacking is the only way in which anyone would be able to really reap this steroids benefits.
Remember that moderation and careful cautioned use is the only way to avoid major side effects even if it also means no dramatic changes. The best gains and changes are sustainable only because they happen over a steady period of time.
Be sure to check the laws in your country before you consider using Mesterolone and always consult a doctor so that you can use a safe dosage and avoid troublesome interactions with other medication or supplements. Caution and moderation is always the best way to go!
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.