Masteron, whose chemical name is Drostanolone, is certainly a cutting champion among steroids. Its unique set of properties makes it the ideal stacking agent for the other anabolic androgenic steroids. It does not have any estrogenic effects and hardly has any other type of side effects. One of the reasons why it is very popular is noticeable muscle hardening.
Masteron was created in 1959 and was not commercially available until 1970. It was originally made and sold by Syntex Pharmaceuticals. Incidentally, it is the same company which created Anadrol. Masteron was initially sold under several brand names including Masteril and Drostanolonum, until its production rights for drostanolone were eventually acquired by Eli Lilly, who began marketing it under the brand name Drolban.
Initially, it was used in breast cancer treatment, but these days the medics have found it not to be helpful enough for treating cancer. Nonetheless, since the FDA did not ban Masteron use for breast cancer, it is still used in some cases for treating breast cancer. As such, drostanolone is currently used virtually exclusively by bodybuilders.
For several years, Masteron was highly popular in the world of athletics, owing to the fact that it was not actually screened for in drug tests. Yet, with the introduction of drug tests that could detect drostanolone in early 90’s, its use prior to and during competition was limited.
Actually, Masterone is an injectable steroid containing drostanolone as its active substance. The foremost advantage of Drostanolone for cutting purposes is the fact that it is a DHT (dihydrotestosterone) derivative, thus it does not change to estrogen. On top of that, it can reduce the estrogenic effects of its other counterparts. It achieves this by getting itself attached to the aromatase enzyme, meaning there will be fewer aromatase enzymes to convert testosterone into estrogen.
Masterone is a powerful androgen with mild anabolic activity because it is a DHT derivative – more precisely 2alpha-methyldihydrotestosterone. Drostanolone has a highly noticeable hardening result on the musculature and apart from that, it actually adds an appearance of density. Besides, Masterone’s androgenic effects help greatly in maintaining strength while the user is dieting before a contest. This is what makes it popular as a pre-contest steroid.
Masterone has another good side that is worthy of mention, and that is its high binding similarity to SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin). This considerably raises the amount of free testosterone in the body, which makes drostanolone the best stacking agent for other steroids.
Masteron as mentioned earlier, does not have any estrogenic activity. So, when using this steroid, side effects including bloating, water retention, gynecomastia and blood pressure are not an issue. Being an injectable steroid, Drostanolone is not c17 alpha alkylated. This means it is not actually liver toxic, so the liver will not be affected even during prolonged cycles.
Just like most other steroids Masteron, suppresses the production of natural testosterone. Thus, there is always need for post-cycle therapy (PCT).
Masteron is certainly a powerful androgen and so there will always be problems such as oily skin, acne, faster hair loss, and body/facial hair growth. Unfortunately, some drugs will not be helpful in the prevention of hair loss when using Masteron. People predisposed to baldness are advised to be careful with this steroid.
Too much androgenic activity is tricky for female users. Even though there are certain female athletes who actually use Masteron as a pre-contest agent, it is dangerous because of virilization effects that may follow. Virilization symptoms can be managed with the proper plan. But the few who dare to use it are advised to take not more than 50 mgs per week.