Oxandrolone is considered one of the mildest steroids that there is. It is mildly anabolic and mildly androgenic. Even though it is a C-17 oral, it still has minimal effect on liver values even at higher doses. Oxandrolone also isn’t known by bodybuilders as the steroid for big mass gains. Rather, the mass that is gained by Oxandrolone will be quality gains, and gains that likely to be kept after the steroid is no longer being used. Users of Oxandrolone often note a very good increase in strength.
Due to its extremely mild nature, Oxandrolone is also one of the most popular steroids amongst women bodybuilders. Oxandrolone has also been shown in studies to actually decrease body fat during use, making it a great choice for bodybuilders who are in the cutting phase of their training.
Oxandrolone is also very mild when it comes to shutting down the body’s ability to produce testosterone, making it a great choice for those looking to “bridge” between cycles while allowing the body to recover. Those looking to stack Oxandrolone with something may chose a low dose of a testosterone to do with it.
Clearly, Oxandrolone is a great all around steroid. Male bodybuilders will typically use Oxandrolone in doses of 20 – 60 mg a day for 6-12wks. Oxandrolone has a relatively short half-life of about 9 hours. So one may choose to split dosages throughout the day in order to keep blood levels as stable as possible. Women bodybuilders typically find a dosage of 5 – 20 mgs to be effective for promoting muscle gains and strength without the great risk of side effects.