Deca-Durabolin is an incredible steroid with a long and storied history in bodybuilding. Deca is broadly considered a regular favorite of many though some people are spooked by its side effects. There are possible side effects to taking Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) and unfortunately they are often poorly understood by users. Nandrolone is one of the most well tolerated hormones by healthy adults. Testosterone remains the most beneficial hormone, but we can also put Nandrolone at the top of this list.
Not only is Deca extremely advantageous, it is very easy to avoid side effects if you use it correctly. The key to avoiding Deca-Durabolin’s side effects is to first understand the hormone Nandrolone.
From there, we can also determine what side effects are possible or impossible and what you can do to reduce the likelihood of negative side effects. It’s commonly said that Deca-Durabolin’s side effects impact libido and erectile dysfunction.
Like most anabolic steroids, Deca-Durabolin temporarily suppresses natural testosterone production in the testicles. Many users avoid this steroid because of erectile dyfunction, but while this effect is possible, it is also easily preventable.
It’s also important to understand that erectile dysfunction can appear while using almost any anabolic steroid. Once again, this leads us to the importance of understanding how a hormone works. Then you can avoid most of Deca-Durabolin’s unwanted side effects.
Understanding Deca-Durabolin’s Side Effects
Deca-Durabolin primary possible side effects are moderate estrogen activity, its progestogen nature, testosterone suppression and cardiovascular risks. Deca’s androgenic side effects are possible and we will explain them, although they are unlikely. Deca-Durabolin, like all Nandrolone hormones, is a 19-nortestosterone (19-nor) androgenic anabolic steroid. Like all 19-nor compounds, it’s a progestogen and can encourage estrogen-related activity, particularly gynecomastia.
Progestogen can activate the estrogen mechanism by stimulating mammary tissue. Nandrolone will aromatize, but at about 20% the rate of testosterone. However that may be enough estrogen-related activity to favor water retention and cause gynecomastia. The probability of gynecomastia rises due to progestogen.
Like all anabolic steroid’s Deca-Durabolin’s side effects will always include the suppression of natural testosterone levels. Studies have shown that Nandrolone can suppress up to 75% of natural testosterone production with a single low dose of Deca injected into the body.
Some data has shown that suppression can reach up to 100%. You, your genetics and other products will not change anything: Deca-Durabolin comes with the suppression of natural testosterone. Like many anabolic steroids, Deca-Durabolin’s side effects can also include cardiovascular risks.
High blood pressure is another possibility, but is unlikely as long as water retention is controlled. Then there is the issue of cholesterol, which Nandrolone can negatively affect. However the impact on cholesterol should be much lower than most anabolic steroids, though a bit higher than testosterone.
“Bad” LDL cholesterol should never be negatively affected by the presence of Deca in the body, but moderate to high reduction of “good” HDL cholesterol is possible. Then there are Deca-Durabolin’s possible androgenic side effects, which may include hair loss, acne and increased body hair.
Although possible, this steroid’s androgenic effects are really very low and most men have no need to worry.
Avoiding Deca-Durabolin’s Side Effects
You must take the appropriate measures to avoid Deca-Durabolin’s side effects. To avoid Deca’s estrogen-related side effects, like gynecomastia and water retention, antiestrogen medications are recommended and are very effective. Aromatase inhibitors like Arimidex (Anastrozole) or Femara (Letrozole) prove to be even more effective.
Aromatase inhibitors will reduce estrogen levels in the blood. They also protect against progestogen. Selective estrogen receptor modulators like Nolvadex is also a good option.
These modulators will attach to the receptors and prevent the estrogen hormone from connecting, which is an effective method of protection. However this is not enough in some men, especially if they are significantly sensitive to progestogen.
In order to avoid the negative side effects associated with testosterone suppression, Deca users should simply supplement their stack with exogenous testosterone. Thanks to the suppression, your body no longer has enough testosterone to handle the hormone’s various effects.
Adding exogenous testosterone resolves the problem and your body now has all the testosterone it needs. It doesn’t matter what form of testosterone you choose, as long as you give your body what it needs. It’s often recommended to take twice as much testosterone as Nandrolone in order to combat related problems, but this is not necessarily true.
You can currently counter testosterone suppression with a low dose of testosterone, even at high doses of Nandrolone. The key to success is to maintain a good hormonal balance. If you don’t control your estrogen, even with higher doses of testosterone you may experience sexual side effects. If you overcompensate and make your estrogen levels too low, you may also have sexual side effects.
To avoid these types of side effects, the solution is to simultaneously maintain appropriate estrogen and testosterone levels. Use enough antiestrogens to control the related dangers and give your body enough testosterone to meet its needs without a problem. To control Deca-Durabolin’s cardiovascular side effects, the first step is to control water retention. Water retention, particularly at high amounts, is the number one cause of high blood pressure in anabolic steroid users.
If water retention is under control without any underlying symptoms, high blood pressure is not a problem. Then, we have cholesterol levels; with a good cholesterol level from a healthy lifestyle and no other symptoms, most men will not have a problem. Each individual should eat a diet rich in fatty omega acids and low in sugar and saturated fats, and it’s strongly encouraged to complement your daily diet with fish oil.
Regular cardiovascular activity is also strongly recommended and helps protect your cholesterol levels. An cholesterol antioxidant supplement can also be considered. Deca-Durabolin’s androgenic side effects depend in part on individual genetics as well.
Men predisposed to male-pattern baldness may have hair loss. In these cases it would have happened for the person eventually anyway; Nandrolone simply accelerates the process.
Those who are sensitive to acne will also have some flare-ups after using this hormone, but most have no need to worry. Even those who are genetically predisposed to baldness in fact rarely have trouble with this steroid. Remember that while it is androgenic, the effects are extremely mild.
Indeed, those who are sensitive to androgenic effects often find that Nandrolone is one of the best steroids for them. Some will be tempted to combat Deca-Durabolin’s androgenic side effects with a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. Nandrolone is metabolized by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, but in this case the inhibitor reduces the dihydronandrolone (DHN) hormone and not dihydrotestosterone (DHT) as it does for testosterone.
For this reason, using a reductase 5-alpha inhibitor will increase Nandrolone’s androgenic effects and should therefore be avoided.