The first anabolic steroid to be produced was ‘testosterone’ in the 1930s. The discovery paved the way for a whole new generation of drugs which paved the way to change both medicine and sporting ability forever. Most of the anabolic steroids which were originally created were for medicinal use. But their importance in sports and recreation was identified quickly. The Soviet and German sports teams were the first to utilize their benefits. However, they didn’t admit it publicly at that time.
The use of anabolic steroids immensely increased for the next three decades after the discovery. In 1960, the steroid was created in an injectable form and two years later, the oral compound was made. At that time, it was not developed for therapeutic use but only for the benefit of the bodybuilding community and its use continues today also.
Schering bought the rights to the drug soon after its release and the drug was never like before. FDA has kept anabolic steroids on their list of approved drugs. The doctors can prescribe them and it could be imported legally for use.
During 1970s, there was a sudden hype in the demand of steroids from the bodybuilding community. The reputation of these drugs was further enhanced by claims that it was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite steroid. This claim was correct or slightly exaggerated is not proven. However, there is some evidence which suggests that the body-building giant was a fan of this surprisingly gentle anabolic steroid.
FDA greatly restricted the use of anabolic steroids. By 1990 it had become a controlled substance in the US. Nevertheless, the drug can be purchased on prescription for the treatment of muscle wasting diseases, sarcopenia and osteoporosis. These are also be used to counteract the side effects of corticosteroids when used for longer time period. These are quite safe and have been used to treat underweight children and premature babies.
Primobolan or Primo is chemically Methenolone Enanthate. It is generally seen as a more steroid more anabolic in nature rather than an androgenic one. The oral form of Primo is called Methenolone Acetate. In oral form, the methenolone do not alkylate. That’s why it is not a very useful drug for the male bodybuilders since the liver mostly destroys the ingested methenolone acetate.
Primobolan was introduced in 1960s in both oral and injectable form. Since then it has been used successfully in for treatment of muscle wasting diseases, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer and hepatitis. Primo is known to be a premier cutting steroid. The injectable form is more effective and more in use than the oral form. Infact it is a very popular steroid so much so that it is very much counterfeited, especially the oral form.
Primo is a unique steroid due to its following properties.
- It doesn’t aromatize to estrogen. Therefore, primo has no side-effects related to estrogen like acne, water retention, gyno, etc.
- Its anabolic nature, low water retention ability and nitrogen retention properties make it effective when cutting.
- It is almost free of any side-effect, except that people may experience slow but steady, quality and retainable muscle gains when used for longer periods of time (more than 8 weeks).
- The gains on Primo are easily kept and it is not as harsh on your HPTA (hypothalamus-pituitary-testes axis) that it will shut you down.
Post cycle therapy (PCT) becomes important after using performance enhancers because these pro hormones and steroids temporarily shut down the body’s natural tendency to produce testosterone. Similar goes the case with primo. Clomid, Nolvadex and Arimistane are known to be the best post cycle therapy supplements. Out of these, only Arimistane is available over the counter. Recovery is easier with Primo than most of the other anabolic steroids.
Can we take primo on our own?
Primo is a relatively weak anabolic steroid so it’s not worthy of use on its own. Commonly it is used within a stack. You can take it solo also as taking this way also has many significant advantages. You do not make gains quickly with primo but if you take a high protein diet, you can experience steady and sustainable lean gains.
Primo was deliberately made in a way that it was more anabolic and less androgenic which means that the maximum muscle gains is due to the circulation and retention of nitrogen. For maximum amount of growth of muscle, you need to have a plentiful supply of nitrogen available which comes only from ingesting large amounts of protein. Therefore, those who take a high-protein diet, there is a substantial gains from a solo primo cycle also.
Primobolan cutting cycle typically include other anabolic steroids also such as Winstrol or trenbolone which gives extra hardness and density to the muscles. If you add Dianabol or Anadrol, it could bring a much greater growth in muscle mass. But there are estrogenic effects from these which you add in the stack (we know that primo has no estrogenic effect). Primo in itself is a very effective performance enhancer. It brings to the stack the ability to boost the potency. In fact the efficacy of other anabolic steroids is greatly enhanced by the presence of primo within a stack.
Mode of administration
Both oral and injectable forms of Primobolan are available. Injections are mostly used to take steroids. There is severe pain if you take Primo injections. The pharmaceutical grade of primo is generally only available in vials of 100 mg per ml. one way to skip the pain is that go for black market suppliers where you’ll get 200-300 mg per ml vials. They are cut with different oils to reduce the pain experienced by users. The injectable form of Primobolan is an enanthate and the oral form is Primobolan acetate.
You can have slow and steady gains even at a lower dosage of around 100-200 mg per week of primo. Those people who are sensitive to anabolic steroids can have lower doses. Dose range between 600-800 mg per week is also common with excellent results. There is a risk of side-effects with higher doses due to which the bodybuilders prefer taking a lower dose.
For beginners: 400mg for 10 weeks. For advanced users: 1000mg per week for 10 weeks. Stack with testosterone and tren for best results.
Primobolan enanthate has approximately 4-5 days of half-life. So it’s better to take it twice weekly in order to maintain the serum concentration levels.
Primobolan is a popular but costly drug and a good choice for including within an anabolic steroid stack. Primo doesn’t have estrogenic effects. It has the ability to block fat and ensure that more protein reaches the muscles which results in a slow and steady gain in strength and lean mass.
Primo is an anabolic steroid with minimal side effect. However, there are some androgenic side-effects such as oily skin, acne, excessive growth of body hairs and hair loss. These effects are also experienced by only those who are sensitive.
Primo has no estrogenic effects such as water retention or gynecomastia, blood pressure regardless of the dose because it is based on methenolone hormone which is non-aromatizing. Primobolan can lower the HDL cholesterol and shoot up the LDL cholesterol. Therefore, you should take extreme care with your diet and lifestyle and regularly check the cholesterol levels.
Anabolic steroids can be harsh on the body. If you develop major side-effects, stop taking the drug. The individuals with a history of the following should administer steroid only after a doctor’s advice:
- Prostate tumors of any kind
- Breast cancer
- Anti-coagulant medication
- Severe hepatic disease
- Severe renal disease
- Heart failure
It is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to take steroids. For women the dose range is in the region of 25-50 mg per day. They can also lower the primo dose and stack it with another female-friendly steroid such as Anavar. Each cycle should last not more than maximum 6 weeks’.
Is primo best suited to cutting, bulking or both?
Primo alone is rarely used for the purpose of bulking. You can add mass if you follow a protein-rich diet alongside. Primo is used in a bulking stack to add lean gains and to enhance the potency of the other anabolic steroids. It is also very effective within a cutting cycle and helps prevent muscle atrophy and maintain mass even when you are on a restricted diet. Primo blocks the creation of fat cells so good for those bodybuilders who want to create a lean and ripped physique.
Post Cycle Therapy
After finishing a cycle of steroids people need to undergo the Post Cycle Therapy or PCT. Primo doesn’t aromatize but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a post cycle therapy. While using steroids the natural production of hormones is stopped. To start it again you require a post cycle therapy. If you don’t take PCT, there can be long-term impairment of testosterone production or you may need a permanent replacement therapy thereafter. So don’t skip post cycle therapy.
You can start PCT as early as two or three days after taking the last pill or injection. However, there is no set time at which you should start PCT. It varies from person to person depending on the length of the cycle, the steroids which were taken and the dosages taken. If you have undergone a longer cycle, you’ll have to take a longer recovery period of PCT. Most commonly the PCT cycles last between three to four weeks with the use of Clomid or Nolvadex.
There are no estrogenic side-effects as such but still there’s plenty of damage that can happen to your body and organs. You can use either Clomid or Nolvadex as PCT after Primobolan cycle. They give optimal results. You can take Clomid at 50mg per day for the first two weeks followed by 25mg per day for third and fourth week. If you choose to take Nolvadex, then take 20mg per day for the first two weeks followed by 10mg per day for third and fourth week. Use a Milk Thistle supplement before, during, and after the primo cycle in order to support the health and function of the liver.
What to expect from PCT?
Don’t go to the gym when you have been just off your steroid cycle and running a Post Cycle Therapy. You’ll not lose on your gains after coming off your cycle. You may feel tired and low. It is necessary to keep a positive mindset during PCT. During this time your body will be regrouping and recharging for the next steroid cycle. Your body and mind will themselves create the next cycle through time off.
Type of PCT required
Primo doesn’t cause any radical effects on testosterone like other anabolic steroids. However, it still suppresses the natural hormone production. Therefore, you need to include Clomid or Nolvadex for PCT following primo and there’s no need to take HCG.
Basic primo cycle: 400mg each week for 10 weeks stacked with 300mg – 500mg of testosterone enanthate.
Advanced cycle: 1000mg of primo for 10 weeks stacked with 100mg of testosterone enanthate each week along with 500mg of Tren per week.
Legitimacy of Primo
The best Primo you can buy is the pharmaceutical grade Primo (pharmaceutically produced anabolic steroid). Originally primo came was made by Schering, in amps of 100mg, one amp per box. Because of its popularity it is a highly counterfeited drug so be cautious before buying.
Conclusion Primobolan is a popular steroid and the best choice for those looking to maintain or even build muscle throughout a recomp or cutting cycle. The drug is fairly safe when administered in right amount. It is immensely popular amongst bodybuilders and a highly counterfeited drug. Primo is very costly and has minimum side effects. The mild side effects if any can be easily done with the over-the-counter supplements. We recommend, however, doing your own basic research first and then planning your own customized PCT protocol. Do your own experimentation to find out what works best for you.