AI’s are also sometimes used during PCT because of their ability to stimulate LH and FSH. However, they also lower estrogen levels and often too much during this phase. Part of the PCT plan is to allow the body to normalize and part of that is maintaining normal estrogen levels. Estrogen is not an evil hormone many men, especially steroid users often believe it is. Estrogen is extremely important for muscle building, sexual health, mental health and a host of other areas. Estrogen levels that are too high or too low, both can be very problematic.
The majority of the side effects listed above are still applicable to females, but a few obvious ones are not. These are prostate enlargement, gynecomastia and testicular side effects. The other steroids side effects are evident, hypertension, water retention, acne, hair loss, lipid problems and hepatoxicity all appear in females. Another to note, which are not apparent in males and solely linked to females is – virilisation. This is when the female’s body undergoes masculine changes, such as, facial hair growth, hair loss, deepening of vocal chords and enlargement of sexual organs (clitoris). These side effects can be avoided if the correct low doses of anabolic steroids are used and also time spent using them is kept short. Abuse will often lead to permanent side effects in women. Once virilisation steroids side effects begin to arise stop the steroid(s) immediately or lower the said dose considerably. Certain androgenic steroids are far worse for women than others. An example would be Primobolan and Anavar are both safe in low doses for short periods, which Trenbolone and Dianabol aren’t really safe at any dose for any time frame.