Prohormones: What You Need to Know
Prohormones: What You Need to Know
We live in a world where everyone wants to be a better version of themselves in one way or another. Some of us want to be smarter, prettier, or tougher. While some of the things we want aren’t going to be attainable, there are others that we can control. For athletes, bodybuilders, and others just wanting to get into some serious shape, there is something they can do for themselves as long as their country allows it anyway. This treatment isn’t legal in some countries and high controlled in others, but honestly, people have been getting around these bans and regulations to get themselves in the best shape of their lives. What are we talking about? Prohormones. These steroids are the latest thing on the market for those looking to build body mass, muscle mass, and increase testosterone. Within this article, we’ll touch on everything you’ll need to know about Prohormones from what they are to whether they’re safe to take.
What are Prohormones?
These steroids are made fairly similar to their more popular counterparts, the anabolic steroid, which is highly illegal in most countries because of its direct injection of testosterone to make the body build up more muscle mass and have extra testosterone on hand for this very purpose. As many have found that anabolic steroids carry a heftier fine than those of prohormones, several have made the switch to the latter. While both steroid types are similar, prohormones don’t work in the same way since they are made to aid your body in stimulating the production of hormones. The typed of hormone that’s being promoted is linked to the type of prohormone that’s introduced. The most interesting fact of all is that our bodies are already capable of this process on its own. However, for those that are wanting to build up muscle mass are going to find that using some extra prohormone will help the body produce more of that hormone. In this case, we’re going to want the prohormone that stimulates our bodies to produce testosterone.
With its similar structure to anabolic steroids, you’ll find that most countries have also worked to include the use of prohormones as illegal including the United States. While other countries like Canada are regulating the substance, it’s still frowned upon by these countries due to the side effects, which we’ll cover later, and its similar makeup to the highly illegal version. Despite this, there are some prohormones that are considered legal to use, such as corticosteroids, but only because their side effects aren’t nearly as damaging as those from extra testosterone production within the body. Finding a steady supply of these prohormones for muscle building is becoming harder as more and more countries make their decisions about them and their overall use. So, if you’re looking for something to build up muscle mass and increase the hormone that does just this for you, you’ll find that bulk ordering may be the way to go so you can ensure you have the supply you need. Just be aware that fines and other punishments are applicable if you are caught.
Benefits of Prohormones
Some of the benefits you’ll find within the use of these prohormones will mirror those of anabolic steroids since you’re taking a steroid to build your body’s muscle mass. Also, another word of note: some of these benefits can also be seen as side effects if you are of the female gender since the main objective of the top prohormones is to increase testosterone within the body. However, not all of them are bad for women since they can see some of the effects they’ve been working hard to develop within them. So, here are the benefits listed below:
- Overall muscle mass has increased
- Sex drive for both genders can see improvements since testosterone is a sexual hormone.
- Physical appearance can be altered and improved though it can cause a manlier facial region
- Jawlines become more defined with prohormones
- Deeper vocal tones can emerge
- Facial hair can thicken and be more pronounced
- Endurance and strength are much improved for those needing it
- Athletic performance can be improved with faster recovery times from injuries
With each of these benefits, there is also a side effect that you should consider before making your final decision to take these prohormones.
Side Effects of Prohormones
As with anabolic steroids, you’ll find many of the same side effects from the use of prohormones. With either type of steroids, you’ll find that your body needs time to recoup for a few weeks after a month of taking them. Doing this can help your body regenerate itself before you start your next session of them. If you don’t take this time, the damage to your body can be most severe, especially for the liver, which is the organ that breaks down these prohormones for the body to use.
Other side effects include:
- Increased oil production which can lead to acne on the face and body
- Hypertension, or high blood pressure
- Swollen prostate (only for the men, women don’t have this organ)
- Breast enlargement (not necessarily a bad thing for women as it is for men)
- Hair loss (this form of hair loss isn’t something you want if you already have thinning hair)
- Headaches from the extra testosterone in the body, can feel like migraines or sinus headaches
- Dizziness and/or nausea for the same reasons you have the headaches
- Liver damage for the reasons mentioned above
To help minimize the side effects, you should do the following:
- Don’t drink while on prohormones since you’re only adding insult to injury for your liver as it’s now working double time to handle both the alcohol and the prohormones.
- Follow your time on prohormones with a post cycle therapy so that your body can make the necessary adjustments without further damaging it all around.
For Prohormones, 2015 is the year where you’ll find several that are available to you if you should know where to look. With their constantly changing status and limited availability in some cases as the countries work on cracking down on them, you’ll want to stock up on the ones still available this year. Some legal examples are found below:
- Blackstone Labs’ Alpha-1 MAX
- Revolution PCT Black and Pure Test Combo
- 17-Methyl-dione Extreme
- Cycle Support by Iron Labs Nurition
- The Clear-Max LMG
- And a few others.
As with any of these prohormones and other steroids, we all want to know the costs that we’re going to be paying in order to reap the benefits of these products. Since we’ve already discussed the health costs, let’s now discuss the financial costs. These costs can be quite expensive for some to undertake, which is why one should consider this financial cost before committing to the use of these prohormones or maybe even look into a prohormone alternative.
On top of the prohormones you’ll be taking, you’ll need to also consider the supplements you’ll need for the time you’re taking the prohormones and the ones you’ll need when you aren’t (the post cycle therapy supplements). On average, you’re looking to spend between $30 and $50 a bottle for the prohormone though you’ll want to consider bulk ordering due to the regulations that keep being imposed upon them. In this case, you want to order enough to last you a year or so, which can equal four or more bottles (one bottle for every three months). This now becomes $120 to $200 for your prohormones. You’ll also need supplements to go along with the prohormone, which can range from $500 and $600 for a year. The last one you’ll want to purchase is the post cycle therapy supplements to help your body return to its normal status once the prohormone cycle has completed. These can run you around $200 to $400 a year. So, all in all, you could be looking at a commitment of $820 to $1200 a year in just prohormone treatments.
Avoid Prohormones If…
The main group that shouldn’t use these prohormones is those under 21 since their bodies just aren’t ready to have the influx of testosterone, artificial or otherwise, put into it. You should wait until you’ve reached 21 since your body, especially your endocrine system has a chance to finish developing. This system is the one responsible for your hormone activity within you and if you mess with it before it’s ready, you can bring about a world of hurt for yourself as you get older.
Also, you shouldn’t take these prohormones if you suffer from problems with your endocrine system for the same reasons as above. Pregnant and nursing women should go without saying, but it needs to be said, just in case.
They aren’t the safest things you can put into your body since they can have massive influence over the health of your liver and your endocrine system since you’re effectively telling your endocrine system it’s not working the way you want it. Your liver will find itself struggling to keep up with the demands put upon it with prohormones and alcohol should you decide to give it a double dose of trouble. The question of are prohormone safe can make some think twice about using them. They can with some horrible side effects despite the benefits they can bring. As an alternative to anabolic steroids, they aren’t different in the side effects. However, when all is said and done, the decision is ultimately yours.