Available in both oral and injectable form, Primobolan is the brand name for the Anabolic Steroid, Methenolone. The injectable form contains the Enanthate Ester, whilst the oral form contains the Acetate Ester. The oral form of Primobolan is a much faster acting version when compared to the injectable version, this is due to the oral version containing the Acetate Ester which has a short half-life. The oral version unlike other oral Steroids, is not a C17-alpha alkylated Anabolic Steroid, meaning it has not been altered at its 17th carbon. This means that larger doses of Primobolan are needed when used orally as it gets broken down by the liver, the upside is, Primobolan is not as toxic as other oral Steroids such as Dianabol, Anavar and Winstrol.
Methenolone Enanthate was first introduced into the pharmaceutical market in 1962, the release of the oral version followed shortly after. Primobolan is used to help treat medical conditions such as Muscle Wasting and conditions where serious weight loss was a problem.
The main reason for Primobolans’ popularity is its mildness. This Anabolic Steroid is considered to be one of the milder Steroids available and is often compared to Anavar. Methenolone has both mild Androgenic and Anabolic properties. Due to its mild Androgenic properties, Primobolan is also mild in terms of side effects, making it very popular amongst beginners as well as female users.
The manufacturing of Primobolan stopped in the early 1990’s, mainly due to the product being abused by bodybuilders and athletes. Genuine Primobolan produced by Schering is only available in a few countries around the world and for a long time this caused many fakes to enter the market and the price of Primobolan to be very expensive. It was estimated at one stage that 99% of Primobolan on the market was fake. It wasn’t until the rise of underground labs that Primobolan started making its way back into the black market, and although still expensive it became far cheaper to buy.
Primobolan Side Effects
Being a DHT derivative, Primobolan does not convert to Estrogen, therefore Estrogenic side effects such as water retention and Gynecomastia are not a problem.
Generally side effects are not a problem with this Steroid, even when used at higher dosages. However many side effects such as Acne, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hair loss etc… are all still possibilities especially in very sensitive users.
Primobolan does not cause great increases in muscle mass and for that reason is never used in bulking cycles. Due to the properties of this Steroid it is a very popular addition to a cutting cycle. Often combined with Anavar and a low dosage of Testosterone Propionate to form a decent cutting cycle with little to no side effects. Dosages around 400 to 600mg of Primobolan Enanthate a week seems to be the norm amongst male users.
If your aim is to build some lean muscle and have an “athletic” physique, then Primobolan is probably the best choice. Gains from this Steroid are easily kept as the weight gained will be quality lean muscle mass and not water weight.