- Jul 25, 2013
Some good details to know about any steroid are the half-life and detection time. You can google these or find them on whatever steroid profile you are interested in. Half -life is how long it takes a dose of whatever steroid to reduce in half. E.g Anavar is ~9 hrs. Ideally you'd split a dose like 10 mg / day into 2 x 5mg / day, about every 12 hours. Its not 9 hours, but its a near approximation. The point being to keep the dosing relatively even over the duration of your cycle. Dosing once / day leaves most of that single dose attenuated by the time of the next day's dose - so your body sees it as a constant spike / deplete / spike / deplete cycle, which promotes more sides. "More" is always a relative term, but the point is 2x/ day for var is more optimal than 1x/day. For the amounts women normally use, this is "less" (again "less" is relative) of an issue, but still is not ideal.
The detection time is the time from the last dose to the time the compound is no longer detectable in the body. Of course "detection" is going to be dependent upon how accurate the testing method is - so these are still probably debatable terms or guesses. For var the detection time is ~3 weeks. That means in 3 weeks, the compound should no longer be detectable in your system. For sides that people normally experience on a cycle, the attenuation time will probably feel like some period of time shorter than that.
If someone is trying to work around a steroid test for something (which I don't recommend - its cheating if you're going to be tested for it - to me, that's more of a personal integrity and sportsmanship thing), then they might be banking on that published detection time. How accurate these are, who knows.
For women especially, this becomes a bigger issue not so much in how long a compound is technically out of your system but rather the fact that sides are cumulative over time w/ repeated cycles, frequency of cycles and time between cycles. It doesn't become immediately obvious, but over time, some sides will take much, much longer to clear. And it could even be debatable if it ever "goes away" 100% at some point in time later. I've never seen any studies on it so it is probably fair to say that you need to be aware of that effect months or years later.
Okay, thank you!