Testosterone enanthate is an oil based injectable steroid, designed to slowly release testosterone from the injection site (depot) over a 20 – 28 day period with a half-life of 10 – 14 days.
Testosterone exhibits a high tendency to convert into estrogen so estrogen related side effects may therefore become apparent. Water retention can become an issue which can lead to a loss of muscle definition, as subcutaneous fluid starts to build up. Another common problem with aromatizing steroids can be the accumulation of excess body fat, mostly due to poor nutrition and estrogen related side-effects. Of the most serious estrogen related side-effects is gynecomastia. By adding an ancillary anit-estrogen such as Nolvadex and/or Proviron may be advisable for those with sensitivity. Anti-aromatase drugs such as Arimidex, Femara, or Aromasin may be much better in this case.
Androgenic side effects are also to be expected such as oily skin, acne, aggression, facial/body hair growth and male pattern baldness.
Due to the long acting duration of this ester, most prefer to inject it on a 10 – 14 day basis in order to keep blood levels as stable as possible. The usual dosage would be in the range of 250mg-750mg a week. Anything above this level allows estrogenic side effects to become far more prominent and possibly outweighing any benefits. One may add an oral like Anadrol or Dianabol during a bulking cycle to bring about more mass gain. By adding an injectable anabolic like Deca (Nandrolone decanoate) or Equipoise (Boldenone undecylenate) may prove to be a better choice for leaner muscle gains without added water retention and estrogenic related side-effects.
Post cycle therapy (PCT) therapy using Nolvadex/Clomid and HCG allows normal natural testosterone production to occur and allows the user to maintain most of the muscle mass accumulated whilst on cycle.
Water retention: Yes, high
High blood pressure: Yes
Liver toxic: Low
Aromatization: Yes, high
DHT Conversion: Yes, high
Decreased HPTA function: Yes, severe
Active life: 15 – 16 days
Drug class: Anabolic/Androgenic steroid (for injection)
Average dose: Men 250 - 1000 mg/week