Testosterone is simply a sex hormone that produced largely naturally in a man’s testicles. It is also important to note that a small amount of testosterone is also produced in a woman’s ovaries and adrenal system.
WHAT IS TESTOSTERONE ENANTHATE?
Testosterone Enanthate is also commonly known as Testosterone Heptanoate and it is an androgenic and anabolic steroid (AAS) which is often used to treat health conditions such as low testosterone levels in boys and males. The anabolic aspect of the steroid work by building muscles while the androgenic part works by enhancing the male sex characteristics. This anabolic steroid was first introduced to the world sometime in the 1950s and it is now marketed under many brand names like Cernos, Androfil, Testro, Testoviron, Testanova, Testrin, Testostroval, Everone, Depandro, Delatestryl, Sustrone, Andropository, Testanon, and Durathate.
Testosterone Enanthate is often considered An Androgenic and Anabolic Steroid (AAS) because it is both a testosterone pro-drug and a synthetic derivative of testosterone which means that it can stimulate the body to produce testosterone on its own. This steroid is often considered to have greater levels of androgenic effects and moderate levels of anabolic effects.
Testosterone Enanthate is often used for treating certain conditions in boys and men that occur as a result of lack of testosterone in their bodies such as impotence, delayed puberty or other forms of hormonal imbalances. Testosterone Enanthate is also commonly used to treat certain health conditions in women such as breast cancer that has managed to spread to other parts of the body.
Testosterone Enanthate is often used for testosterone replacement therapy in males with hypogonadism (the reduced production of testosterone in the testes). Hypogonadism is often caused by infections, cancer, and testicular injuries. It can also be caused by chemotherapy and radiation sometimes.
WHAT DOES TESTOSTERONE DO?
IT ENHANCES MUSCLES
Testosterone is capable of increasing protein synthesis in the body and this, in turn, results in an increase in muscle mass and strength. The ability of testosterone to act directly to stimulate the growth of muscles is the main reason why it is considered to be an anabolic steroid even if the steroid is produced by the body. Studies have also shown that testosterone is also responsible for activating and increasing the number of muscle fiber precursor cells known as “satellite cells”. The activated precursor cells will then be integrated into existing muscle fibers to make them larger (this is known as hypertrophy). The satellite cells can also combine themselves together to develop new muscle fibers (this is known as hyperplasia).
Also, the numbers of control centers (nucleus (myonuclei)) that are in a muscle fiber are also increased by testosterone.
IT INCREASES STRENGTH
Testosterone is capable of increasing protein synthesis in the body and this, in turn, results in an increase in muscle mass and strength. Although a lot of people think that testosterone increases strength by increasing the size of muscles, this is not true. Testosterone increases strength by increasing the amount of calcium that is released in a cell and this will enhance the force of muscular contractions.
IT AIDS WEIGHT LOSS AND FAT BURNING
Testosterone is capable of increasing the number of fat burning beta-adrenergic receptors in the body and, blocking the uptake of fat and accumulation of fat in the body.
Studies have also shown that low testosterone in males often results in an increase in fat and weight and reduction of caloric expenditure. Low testosterone has also been associated with insulin insensitivity, adverse effects on metabolic control and an increase in the occurrence of blood glucose disorders.
In both males and females, testosterone operates directly in the central nervous system (CNS that is, spinal cord and brain) to regulate the rate of metabolism which affects how well the body will burn calories. It also helps the body to maintain a healthy blood glucose level.
IT ENHANCES ENDURANCE
Testosterone aids the production of erythropoietin (EPO) which stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body. The production of more red blood cells in the body will result in greater oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood and in active muscles.
IT ENHANCES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Studies have shown that male and female athletes performing sprinting activities often have significantly increased bioavailable testosterone in their bodies.
IT ENHANCES MENTAL ACTIVITY
Testosterone is also able to enhance the mental activity of the body such as memory, sex drive, and cognition. It is also capable of affecting feelings and emotions.
IT ENHANCES BONE STRUCTURE
Testosterone is capable of increasing the rate of production of red blood cells in the body. This will result in the enhancement of bone growth. It will also help the body maintain bone density.
IT IMPROVES THE SKIN
Testosterone often supports the production of collagen in the body. It also supports the production of hair in the body.
IT IMPROVES THE KIDNEY
Testosterone aids the production of erythropoietin (EPO) which stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE LEVELS
There are many symptoms of low testosterone levels in both males and females but some of the most common symptoms include;
For males and females;
- Change in mood
- Increased body fat
- Reduced body hair
- Sleeping problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of sex drive
- Loss of pleasure from sex (particularly for females)
- Reduced muscle mass or strength
- Reduced sense of well-being
- Increased levels of aggression
- In males only;
- Erection problems
- Enlarged breast tissue
- Lack of morning and nighttime erections
- Hot flashes
TESTOSTERONE ENANTHATE DOSAGE
Testosterone Enanthate often comes as a yellow or clear viscous fluid that is usually supplied in a 5 millimeter (mL) multi-use glass vial. This anabolic steroid is often injected directly into the muscle through the buttocks every one to four weeks. Lower dosages are often recommended over a short period of time in order to avoid fluctuating levels of hormones in the body (and the mood swings that are linked to it. The dosages include;
Delayed puberty: The dosage for this condition is about 5mg to 200mg every four to six weeks.
Transgender hormone therapy: The dosage for this condition is about 50mg to 200mg every week or 100mg to 200mg every two weeks.
Male hypogonadism: The dosage for this condition is about 50mg to 400mg for every two to four weeks.
Metastatic breast cancer: The dosage for this condition is about 200mg to 400mg every two to four weeks.
Weight loss: The dosage for this condition is about 200mg once each week.
SIDE EFFECTS OF TESTOSTERONE ENANTHATE
The potential side effects that have been associated with the use of testosterone enanthate include;
- Skin color changes
- Oily skin
- Increased anger
- Hair loss
- For males;
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Urinating troubles
- Frequent or prolonged erections
- For females;
- Deepening of the voice
- Unusual facial or body hair
- Enlarged clitoris
- Irregular menstrual periods