As one of the mildest anabolic steroids in the world, Primobolan conjures mixed reviews from users.
There are people who absolutely love the steroid and use it for year-long cruises along with their TRT doses of Testosterone.
It’s like a taste enhancer as they call it. Will rev up the effects of test while adding a wee bit of its own magic.
But if you have used the mass builders from the world of anabolics, like Dianabol or Anadrol, then you will end up disappointed from Primo.
That’s because the results that you can get from it will not even be close to what you can get with a similar dose of DBol or Adrol.
To add to this, Primo is one of the most expensive steroids unless you can buy raws and dose it yourself.
Despite all of this, if you have ever wanted a taste of Primo, which a lot of people believe to be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite anabolic compound, then this brief guide will present you the facts and bunk some myths.
Strap in and enjoy the read.
What is Primobolan?
Primobolan or Methenolone, is a DHT-derived anabolic steroid that is available in both, oral and injectable forms.
It is hands down, one of the mildest anabolic compounds in the world, that has been used for therapeutic applications since decades.
It’s safety rating is unprecedented. To give you some insights, it has even been used for treating premature infants and toddlers with zero problems.
Its primary usage was to prevent muscle wasting in terminally ill patients. But it has also been used to treat osteoporosis and malnutrition.
Primobolan was one of the earliest steroids to be commercially available in Europe and that’s where Arnie picked up a liking for it, or so the legend goes.
What are the effects of Primobolan?
Let’s talk about the traits of the hormone before we talk about the anecdotal reviews.
Primobolan will increase protein synthesis and will also slightly increase the production of RBC. This will have a positive effect on your endurance and rate of recovery.
However, it will not produce a lot of lean muscle tissue. In fact, the gains will be moderate as compared to any other anabolic steroid. Even Anavar.
Primobolan’s most important trait that it increases Nitrogen retention, which in turn prevents a catabolic state even when you are cutting calories. If you aren’t looking to gain a lot of muscle, but wish to preserve the muscle that you already have, this is your ticket.
Also, it is a DHT-derived steroid that shows a remarkable affinity to bind to androgen receptors, where it will induce lipolysis. Even if you aren’t too careful with your diet, this will prevent your abs from going invisible.
Lastly, Primo will also bump up your strength slightly.
Anecdotally, people who add it to their cruises and blasts mainly do it because it seems to enhance the results of other steroids, while burning fat and providing a nice mental boost.
Everything seems enhanced while you are using Primo. Your mood is great, libido is excellent.
At the same time, it is so mild that there’s no additional side effect to be bothered of even if you are running grams of the stuff.
Is there a difference between Oral Primobolan and Primobolan Depot?
Oral Primobolan or Methenolone Acetate is more popular among users for obvious reasons.
It is one of the only oral steroids that’s not 17 Alpha Alkylated, which means that it is not as liver toxic as some of the other orals.
There’s a caveat though.
Primo is 1 alkylated and 17-beta esterified.
This means that the bioavailability after being broken down by the liver is very low.
So, you either have the option to take a much higher dose so that you can still get a sufficient amount of the drug in your blood stream, or you can use the injectable version which has the enanthate ester attached to it.
Primobolan Depot or Methenolone Enanthate can be used once or twice a week and is more effective than the oral version at promoting gains.
What is the right dosage for Primobolan?
For men using the oral version, 100mg/day seems to be a good starting dose.
This should provide a nice boost to your lifts, help with lipolysis as well as prevent muscle breakdown.
Most users will find it too mild at this dose and will increase the dose to 150 or even 200mg/day in subsequent cycles.
In comparison, 400mg/week of Primobolan Depot is a sufficient dose to produce great results.
Professionals will increase this to 800mg/week considering that Primo’s safety profile and track record is excellent.
Women can get good results with 50mg/day of the oral version and around 150mg/week of the injectable version.
How long should you run it?
That depends on your bodybuilding goals and whether you can afford to run it for extended durations.
There are people who have run year-long cruises with Primo. But in a performance enhancement cycle, it will be run for a maximum duration of 8-weeks.
Females will run it for a maximum of 6-weeks, after which the risk of virilization gets higher.
Can it cause Gyno?
Primo does not aromatize, nor does it have a progestin nature. So it is impossible to get gynecomastia from Primo.
Since it does not aromatize to estrogen, there will be no other estrogenic side effects like water retention and high blood pressure either.
Can it cause baldness?
Any androgenic steroid has the potential to trigger hair loss. But it can only speed up the process if you are already prone to male pattern baldness.
This means that you were going to go bald anyway. This will just enhance the rate at which it happens.
Can you run it solo?
While it will not shut you down, Primo will definitely suppress your testosterone production by a lot.
Also, it is one of the mildest anabolic steroids in the world. So, if you run it solo, you will probably gain 2-4 lbs. of lean muscle in 8-weeks and end up losing most of it as your Cortisol levels spike.
When you run it with a foundational steroid, things will be a lot different.
You will feel great, it will help burn fat and your libido will be on point.
What’s not to like?
How does it compare to SARMS?
Apart from the nice mental boost that one gets on Primo, pretty much everything else can be achieved with a SARMS cycle. LGD-4033, Ostarine and even RAD-140 can produce very similar results, if you eat clean and lift hard.