What is Primobolan?
Pharmacologically, Primobolan is known as the hormone Methenolone or Methenolone Acetate. The latter is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Primobolan tablets. The Methenolone hormone is well recognized and quite popular. It is, in fact, most common among first-time body builders seeking to gain lean muscle before gaining more experience using performance-enhancing steroids.
In streets and trade circles, Primobolan is also assigned a couple of other names. Those include Primo, Primobolan Depot, Primo-100, Methenolone enanthate, and Pimo-25.
Historically, the steroid has proved quite useful, although, most experienced steroid users have insisted that Primobolan is a fairly “weak” performance intensification hormone. But, this is what a significant portion of users have come to like most about Methenolone: it is a mild steroid that is effective with little to no side effects whatsoever.
Although lowly rated as an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid (AAS), the effectiveness is not as lowly-rated and high-performance athletes such as Elite Baseball players Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds, as well as the legendary bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, have been linked to Primobolan use.
There is orally administered Primobolan, and then there is the injectable version of the same substance: oral acetate and injectable enanthate. The oral version is by far the most prominent, with the injectable version being quite challenging to find in its un-counterfeited nature. Still, injectable is available and is better known by the term Primobolan Depot. Orally served Methenolone is best known as Primobolan Acetate.
Benefits of Primobolan
Primo is widely considered as one of the best cutting steroids in the market today. It is best used for cutting cycles, and in combination with other mild steroids to gain and maintain lean muscle tissue.
Methenolone Acetate Benefits
The unique benefit of Methenolone acetate (oral version) is that it is not 17-alkylated based steroid, which makes it more liver-friendly than other steroids. However, the oral version is typically “weaker” than the injectable enanthate. In fact, to achieve noticeable and desirable results, athletes have reported to using between 200 mg and 300 mg per day. The fact that this steroid, in either form, is quite expensive for most people, this can be a budgetary concern to consider as a prerequisite to buying Methenolone hormone. There are more benefits, though.
The anabolic steroid has in the past and more recently been used as an effective treatment option for reversing the effects of prolonged exposure to corticoid hormones, and in combating emaciating diseases such as HIV/AIDS. So it is proven to work without substantial damage and is one of the safest steroids in the market today.
Moreover, Methenolone is manufactured by altering the structure of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone by adding two double bonds at first and second carbons, making it a stronger anabolic steroid and adding to its anti-catabolic properties.
Furthermore, as a 1-methylated version of Primobolan, Methenolone Acetate has shown to ouster hepatic metabolism. That makes it less likely to breakdown in the liver to ineffectiveness. However, like any other steroid, the hormone does have an effect on the scalp (discussed below).
Most experienced steroids users make use of and recommend the injectable form of Methenolone. Though still defined as somewhat weak compared to other steroids manufactured to serve the same purpose, Primobolan Depot is stronger than others such as Masteron, which is mainly used as a cutting phase steroid.
However, where Primobolan Depot shines is in its ability to retain nitrogen. That means users can in reality gain more lean muscle tissue while cutting, even while dieting at about 20%-30% below their body metabolic rate (BMR). Unlike other steroids such as Deca, Primobolan is much less dependent on a high-calorie diet, the reason it is much better for cutting cycles.
Additionally, the steroid attaches very well to the androgen receptor, further enhancing the hormone’s intent. Even more, Methenolone enanthate boosts the breakdown of fatty tissue through hydrolysis to produce fatty acids—lipolysis. This further credits the drug for its fat burning properties and can be used for to lose excess body fat, and still, protect lean muscle tissue loss (emaciation), even while users diet.
Besides, both the aromatase and 5-alpha reductase enzymes do not metabolize injectable Primobolan. In essence, Primobolan does not convert to either DHT or Estrogen. Most steroids side effects have been linked to androgenic steroids conversion to estrogen, so users can use Primobolan without the fear of adverse effects, poor results, and reversal situations after just a short stretch of time. It further means users can experience much fewer variations in blood pressure values as well as little to no progesterone hormone effects such as feminine breast appearance and feel.
Less blood pressure disturbances result from Primobolan’s ability to kick out water retention. Water retention is also an effect of estrogenic nature and also makes it hard to maintain favorable gains in lean muscle tissue. Primobolan protects the users body from either.
Primobolan Side effects
As aforementioned, Primobolan has shown only insignificant side effects, particularly when used in reasonable proportions. That is not to say the steroid is so safe as to skip a post cycle therapy, or to not include an adequate cycle aid in your plans. A handful of studies have indicated that both forms of Primo have significant effects on the liver and in the production of both FSH and LH. Also, like most other DHT based hormones, it does cause hair loss—an effect on the scalp. However, compared to other performance-enhancement and modeling steroids, it shows less severe side effects, meaning at the proper dosage, the steroid can prove to be more effective and efficient than detrimental.
Primobolan can also reduce HDL “Good” cholesterol to LDL “Bad” cholesterol in the blood, and high intake may cause toxicity levels in the body to rise beyond healthy measure, and both can affect the body’s excretion organs as well as cardiovascular health significantly.
Also, this steroid can cause mild acne bouts, accelerated hair loss and/or hastened hair growth in men. Virilization issues may arise for women as well, especially if responsible supplementation is not employed. However, most female bodybuilders will rarely ever experience more pronounced adverse side effects.
Primobolan Use Best Practices/Recommendations
To get expected results, it is better not merely to decide on either the oral form or injectable one or even cost. Also, consider proper dosage for each.
For women, for example, taking about 30mg/day is sufficient while starting out in bodybuilding. Amounts above this may cause medium to serious virilization issues that may prove hard to beat, even with time. Those include a deepening voice and body hair growth, as well as experiencing clitoral enlargement.
Male bodybuilders can do above 50mg/day. More specifically, it is recommendable for men to use 100-150mg/day. Also, men can stack Primobolan with other anabolic steroids such as Masteron, Anavar, Winstrol, and Trenbolone—the latter being the only known anabolic steroid to be safer and more efficient than Primo. Men can as well use the steroid in their anabolic steroids cycle in 6-week periods.
Women bodybuilders can do Primo for about 4-6 weeks and stack up Primo with another anabolic based steroid such as Anavar. To best take care oneself, it is important to stop Primobolan supplementation immediately symptoms of adverse side effects are noticed. They should recede quick enough.
Primobolan Profile Conclusion
Primobolan may be considered by many as a mild anabolic steroid than a Class I performance and therapeutic steroid, but make no mistake, it is one of the most effective anabolic steroids out in the market right now. With proper and careful supplementation, users can gain slow but sure lean muscle tissue—massive gains are not to be exacted here, but safe use comes in paramount proportions when Primo is in use.
For all its goodness, the steroid comes with one other caveat: It is easily one of the most expensive anabolic steroids in the market today. It is neither as openly available as Trenbolone, or testosterone, or Masteron, or Deca, for example, but if you can get the original tablets or oil based substance, Primo is a recommendable anabolic steroid and especially so as a cutting phase anabolic steroid.
(also known as: Primo, Primobol)
Primobolan is a mild oral anabolic steroid which was first developed in the early 1960’s. Medically Primo is used to treat those suffering from wasting and malnutrition. It also sees some use in treating osteoporosis, building muscle mass in some elderly, and to promote weight gain in premature babies and children. It is very similar to Primobolan Depot except that the latter is an injectable. Unlike most other oral steroids, Primo is easy on the liver with no estrogenic effect.
Primo is primarily used by bodybuilders in the lead up to contests because it has no estrogenic activity and thus it does not come with the risk for gynecomastia, high blood pressure, or water retention which can hide muscles. Primo is not advised for those seeking bulk but instead for cutting and strength as it helps to gain and maintain lean muscle tissue. In fact, it is more likely to burn off fat that to store it which is what makes it very attractive for cutting.
Consensus amongst bodybuilders suggests a dosage of 50-150 mgs per day in cycles no longer than 6-8 weeks. As a mild steroid, Primo is popular for stacking. If you are stacking Primo, no more than 100 mgs should be used a day. Primo has proven useful for female athletes and bodybuilders and women should be able to use Primo safely on dosages of 25 mgs per day, beyond this dosage masculinizing side effects become more likely. Primo should not be ingested with food as fat from foods can absorb it. This is not a concern with the injectable version.
Side effects can include increased body hair growth, acne, oily skin, testosterone suppression, male pattern hair loss (use Finasteride or Ketoconazole shampoos if this concerns you), liver damage (only with very high dosages), and it can negatively affect cholesterol levels (raising the risk for cardiovascular disease). Many of these side effects can be alleviated with the proper supplements and diet. Testosterone levels should return to their natural levels within 1-4 months after the last use of the steroid (assuming it was used for 8 weeks or less) and supplements can accelerate this. Although rare with moderated doses, women should remain alert for side effects such as a deepening in their voice, body and facial hair growth, menstrual irregularities, and clitoris enlargement; if such side effects present themselves, discontinue use immediately as continued use may cause permanent changes.
Primobolan has been withdrawn voluntarily from most markets. Legitimate Primo is only produced by Balkan Pharmaceuticals in Moldova. Outside of this source, a person’s only option is an underground lab.
- (Oral Version is + Acetate Ester)
- (Injectable Version is + Enanthate Ester)
- Molecular Formula: C20H30O2
- Molecular weight of base: 302.4558 g/mol
- Molecular weight of acetate ester: 60.0524 g/mol
- Molecular weight of enanthate ester: 130.1864 g/mol
- Effective dose (oral): (Men) 50-100 mgs per day; (Women) 10-25 mgs per day
- Effective dose (injectable): (Men) 350-600 mgs per week; (Women) 100 mgs per week
- Active Life: 10-14 days (injectable); 4-6 hrs (oral)
- Detection Time: 4-5 weeks
- Anabolic/Androgenic Ratio (Range): 88:44-57
- Trade name: Primobolan
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David Sharpe is a former bodybuilding contest promoter and the owner and founder of Davi’s Fitness Facility in Australia where every great bodybuilder from Australia visited his gym.