Side Effects of Cypionate
The side effects of Cypionate, they can be strong and they can get out of hand, but if this testosterone compound is used responsibly there's no reason for the side effects of Cypionate to be an issue. Of course, in-order to pull this off we must understand responsible supplementation and part of that revolves around dosing; however, that's not the primary factor. In-order to avoid the side effects of Cypionate and remain safe you must be a healthy adult male. Further, you must not suffer from high blood pressure or cholesterol, suffer from prostate issues and must understand and have the discipline to control your diet. That last part is far more important than many realize and rarely gets enough attention, but when it comes to the side effects of Cypionate, if your diet isn't disciplined you're going to run into problems.
Primary Side Effects of Cypionate:
The primary side effects of Cypionate surround this steroid's ability to aromatize and lead to a buildup in estrogen. Cypionate like all testosterone compounds can convert to estrogen through the aromatase process and as a result estrogenic problems can occur. Of such side effects of Cypionate, the most common is excess water retention and as water retention increases, in many cases so does blood pressure. The next estrogenic issue is gynecomastia or male breast enlargement due to the excess estrogen binding at the receptors in the chest.
While water retention, high blood pressure and gynecomastia are in no way desirable, each one is thankfully avoidable. In-order to avoid such side effects of Cypionate, Aromatase Inhibitors (AI's) are often advised as they will prevent the aromatase process and even reduce the body's estrogen levels. Of course, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM's) can also be used to combat gynecomastia; however, they're often not enough. SERM's do not inhibit aromatase but merely bind to the receptors in the place of estrogen. Further, SERM's do not reduce the body's estrogen levels significantly; AI's are the only true protection when it comes to the estrogenic side effects of Cypionate.
With AI's, we will also be able to control water retention and assuming our diet is healthy high blood pressure. Of course, you will hear many say they've used an AI and still hold tons of water and maybe their AI dose was too low or they are the ultimate in sensitivity, but this is normally not the case. While the side effects of Cypionate include water retention, if you use an AI and still hold water the problem is your diet. If you overeat and this is especially true with carbohydrates you're going to hold water. Control your diet and use an AI and the side effects of Cypionate of an estrogenic nature should not be a concern.
Secondary Side Effects of Cypionate:
While estrogenic side effects of Cypionate are the largest concern, testosterone can also convert into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and lead to three primary DHT side effects. The DHT related side effects of Cypionate include acne, hair loss and prostate enlargement. While all three are possible, they are not as common as the primary side effects of Cypionate, but they're still worth mentioning. Of the three secondary side effects of Cypionate, acne is the most common and can be a concern for those who are genetically sensitive to acne to begin with. If this is the case, keeping your skin extra clean is imperative and if this means an extra shower every day so be it. Further, be sure to change your shirt into a clean dry shirt anytime you become sweaty.
As for hair loss, this is a condition that can only be a concern for men predisposed to male pattern baldness; however, Finasteride can offer some protection. Finasteride won't work for all men, but you're going to lose the hair even if you don't use anabolic steroids. Where Finasteride can be truly useful is in combating prostate enlargement. For prostate enlargement to occur it will take a massive buildup of DHT and as Finasteride is a DHT suppressor it can help. Even so, for most men they will not have an issue if their Cypionate doses are of a responsible nature; however, all men will need to keep a close eye on their prostate.
The Side Effects of Cypionate on Testosterone:
The side effects of Cypionate like most anabolic steroids include the suppression of natural testosterone production and in this case heavily. Further, as production is suppressed this means our testicles will atrophy. Testosterone is primarily manufactured in the testicles and when production is suppressed they shrink. Fortunately, if you're supplementing with a testosterone compound like Cypionate this suppression is of no concern; you won't fall into a low testosterone condition as you're providing all the testosterone you need exogenously. Unfortunately, this won't do anything for your testicles, but there is hope. Once all anabolic steroid use has come to an end and the exogenous hormones have cleared your system your testicles will return to their normal size as natural testosterone production will have begun again. It must be noted; testosterone recovery is assuming you did not damage your HPTA with improper use and that you did not suffer from low testosterone prior to use.