American athletes have a long and fond relationship with
Testosterone cypionate. While Testosterone enanthate is
manufactured widely throughout the world, cypionate seems to be
almost exclusively an American item. It is therefore not surprising
that American athletes particularly favor this testosterone ester.
But many claim this is not just a matter of simple pride, often
swearing cypionate to be a superior product, providing a bit more
of a "kick" than enanthate. At the same time it is said to produce
a slightly higher level of water retention, but not enough for it
to be easily discerned.
Of course when we look at the situation objectively, we see these
two steroids are really interchangeable, and cypionate is not at
all superior. Both are long acting oil-based injectables, which
will keep testosterone levels sufficiently elevated for
approximately two weeks. Enanthate may be slightly better in terms
of testosterone release, as this ester is one carbon atom lighter
than cypionate (remember the ester is calculated in the steroids
total milligram weight). The difference is so insignificant however
that no one can rightly claim it to be noticeable (we are maybe
talking a few milligrams per shot). Regardless, cypionate came to
be the most popular testosterone ester on the U.S. black market for
a very long time
As with all testosterone injectables, one can expect a considerable
gain in muscle mass and strength during a cycle. Since testosterone
readliy converts to estrogen, the mass gained from this drug is
likely to be accompanied by quite a bit of water retention. The
resulting loss of definition of course makes cypionate a very poor
choice for dieting or cutting phases.
The excess level of estrogen brought about by this drug can also
cause one to develop gynecomastia rather quickly. Should one notice
an uncomfortable soreness, swelling or lump under the nipple, an
ancillary drug like Nolvadex should be added immediately. This will
minimize the effect of estrogen greatly, making the steroid much
more tolerable to use.
The powerful anti-aromatases Arimidex, Femara, or Aromasin are yet
a better choice. Those who have a known sensitivity to estrogen may
find it more beneficial to use ancillary drugs like Nolvadex and
Proviron from the onset of the cycle, in order to prevent estrogen
related side effects before they become apparent.
This is especially true whenever we are withdrawing a strong
(aromatizing) androgen like testosterone, as a considerable drop in
weight (and strength) is to be expected as retained water is
excreted. This should not be of much concern; instead the user
should focus on ancillary drug therapy so as to preserve the solid
Another way athletes have found to lessen the "crash", is to first
replace the testosterone with a milder anabolic like
Deca-Durabolin. This steroid is administered alone, at a typical
dosage (200-400mg per week), for the following month or two. In
this "stepping down" procedure the user is attempting to turn the
watery bulk of a strong testosterone into the more solid
muscularity we see with nandrolone preparations.
In many instances this practice proves to be very effective. Of
course we must remember to still administer ancillary drugs at the
conclusion, as endogenous testosterone production will not be
rebounding during the Deca therapy.