Equipoise can produce androgenic side effects such as acne, accelerated hair loss in those predisposed to male pattern baldness and body hair growth. However, the overall androgenicity of this steroid is greatly reduced due to the structural nature that creates EQ in its double bond at the carbon one and two position. Such side effects of Equipoise are still possible, but they will be strongly linked to genetic predisposition, but most will find the threshold is fairly high.
When combating the possible androgenic side effects of Equipoise, it’s important to note they are brought on by the steroid being metabolized by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This metabolism will reduce Boldenone to an extremely potent androgen in dihydroboldenone, far more potent than dihydrotestosterone (DHT); however, the total dihydroboldenone activity has proven to be extremely low in human beings. You will further find the androgenic nature of Boldenone will not be significantly affected by 5-alpha reductase inhibitors like Finasteride that are often used to combat the reduction to DHT.
Due to the androgenic nature of Equipoise, women may potentially experience virilization symptoms. Virilization symptoms may include body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement. However, the low androgenicity will make this steroid possible to use for some women without such symptoms. At the same time, the extremely slow acting nature of the compound can make it difficult to control regarding blood levels, and alternative steroids may be preferred. Without question, individual sensitivity will dictate a lot. If Equipoise is used and virilization symptoms begin to show, use should be discontinued immediately at their onset and they will fade away. If symptoms begin to show and are ignored, the symptoms may become irreversible.
Mildly androgenic in nature and activity, with significant anabolic properties the Equipoise steroid can be a fine addition to both bulking and cutting cycles. While not the most powerful bulking steroid, the Equipoise steroid can provide nice, clean gains; they’re not going to be fast, this is a slow acting steroid. Further, while it does aromatize it is very slight in nature; some water weight may occur due to use, but it should be controllable and largely insignificant. In any case, during off-season use you will mostly notice an increase in strength and more importantly increased endurance enabling you to push through your training and spur new growth.
While a decent bulking steroid, without question the best time to supplement with the Equipoise steroid is during a cutting cycle as this steroid’s very nature is simply apt towards this end. A phenomenal tissue preserver and regenerator, this makes EQ a great steroid especially on the front end of the diet, but where it will truly shine is in conditioning. By its nature, the Equipoise steroid will promote enhanced vascularity and simply a more defined physique. Through supplementation, once you enjoy these traits, when you throw in hardening steroids (assuming you’re actually lean) you’re going to see enhanced conditioning that will be beyond what you could have hoped for if your total plan is on point.
One of the most pronounced effects in Equipoise is its ability to raise your RBC´s (red blood cells). This is very typical of anabolic steroids; however, Equipoise would appear to do it to a slightly greater degree than most. One of the other effects most Equipoise users report is an increased appetite. I can say that this is true of me, also; this factor makes it impossible for me to diet on it. It´s because of this ability to increase appetite that many will include Equipoise in a mass cycle, and it´s for the quality of muscle gained on it that many will include it in a cutting cycle. It´s probably the most versatile injectable compound, next to testosterone. People even use a low dosed version of Equipoise to blend with irritating injectable drugs suck as testosterone suspension or Propionate. I´m thinking of the old Ganabol version which was dosed at 50mgs/ml, here... it´s not that Equipoise is especially good to cut other steroids with, but the low dose and cost of Ganabol made it ideal to do this with, when sterile oil wasn´t available or desirable. This low dosed version was also very popular with women, who were comfortable shooting 1cc of this stuff every few days or every week.