“Anabolic” and “androgenic” (Testosterone)

Anabolic and Androgenic

Anabolic and Androgenic

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The division into anabolics and androgens is very conditional. Each drug has its parent sex hormone and therefore has a set of androgenic activity (hair growth, coarseness of voice, acne, bone growth, etc.). Actually,when androgenic activity is focused on muscle growth and strength (androgen interacts with androgen receptors in muscles), we call this anabolism. But when the same androgen interacts with the follicular or sebaceous receptors in the skin, with the receptors in the bones, in the prostate or in the cells of the nervous system, then we are talking about the androgen effect.

It is important to understand that different speakers have different activity in different tissues. Most often they are friends with the muscles, but, for example, there are no receptors in the scalp. And, for example, another androgen – dihydrotestosterone is already friendly receptors in the scalp and prostate (can lead to an enlarged prostate and baldness). Actually, side effects from the use of testosterone are connected precisely with the fact that it is partially converted into DHT. It would seem necessary to avoid DHT, but it is not. DHT enhances the action of testosterone, has anti-estrogenic activity, seriously increases strength endurance, etc. Therefore, there are a number of cool anabolic steroids derived from the “parent” of Dihydrotestosterone: Stanozolol, Mesterolone, Drostanolone, Methenolone.

I don’t want to confuse you completely. Just remember, there are drugs that show activity predominantly in the muscle tissue, and there are preps that can be active in other tissues, directly, or due to the transformation into other active substances.

Syringes for anabolic and androgenic steroids
Syringes for anabolic and androgenic steroids

To be honest, now I’m sitting and trying to make a list of “Anabolics” and “Androgens” and I understand that this task is nonsense! All drugs are very individual. And most can be included in the conditional list of “anabolics” if you close your eyes to the “androgenic” effect of increased libido. Just aside from the muscles, the drugs will affect various targets. Trenobolone can affect the prostate in addition to muscles, and Proviron can increase libido.  These are just some examples.


  1. Nandrolones (progestogenic activity),
  2. Trenbolones (progestogenic activity),
  3. Norethandrolone,
  4. Oxymetholone (progestin),
  5. Fluoxymesterone,
  6. Oxandrolone,
  7. Stanozolol (reduces the level of SHBG, antiprogestant),
  8. Methenolone,
  9. Turinabol (libido),
  10. Mesterolone (increases libido, antiestrogen).


  1. All Testosterones,
  2. Methyltestosterone,
  3. Methandrostenolone.

Dihydrotestosterone Derivatives:

  1. Drostanolone,
  2. Mesterolone,
  3. Methenolone,
  4. Stanozolol.


There are a number of drugs that can turn into progesterone. These drugs are deservedly considered very strong anabolic steroids and are often used. They are:

  1. Nandrolone,
  2. Trenobolone,
  3. Oxymetholone.

The problem is that they cause the same changes on the male body that estrogen (female sex hormones) cause. At the same time, because they are not estrogen, the use of anti-estrogens in such a situation is useless. Moreover, progesterone has the ability to enhance the effect of estrogen and in such a situation, it becomes much more difficult to fight.

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