Anavar for Women: Everything You Need to Know

Dr George TouliatosDisclaimer: The following article is for educational purposes only and does not promote the use of illegal steroids. If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Touliatos is currently available for consultation.

Anavar (Oxandrolone) is commonly nicknamed ‘the girl steroid‘. Although it’s popular among men, it is even more so among women due to a lack of virilization side effects.

Thus, Anavar is one of the few anabolic steroids available that women can take to build muscle and burn fat without forming a masculine appearance.

Furthermore, Anavar is an oral steroid, which is preferable to injectable steroids (for many women).

In this article, we will detail the benefits, side effects, typical results, and cycle information for women on Anavar.

Anavar Benefits

  • Muscle Hypertrophy and Strength (1, 2, 3)
  • Fat Loss (4)
  • Enhances Muscular Endurance (5)
  • Low Risk of Virilization (6)

Muscle Hypertrophy

We have found Anavar to be a potent muscle-builder; however, it’s not going to transform the average woman into a 200-pound man (like some might believe).

Realistically, women typically build approximately 12 lbs of muscle from their first Anavar cycle, in our experience.

This will have a noticeable effect on muscle hypertrophy as well as enhance muscle definition.

Muscular strength will also drastically improve due to enhanced ATP (intracellular adenosine triphosphate) production and higher levels of exogenous testosterone, enhancing protein synthesis.

Fat Loss

Many anabolic steroids reduce subcutaneous fat but increase visceral fat.

Thus, many steroids will cause less fat on the surface (externally), but at the expense of a bloated midsection (even when lean). This protruding abdominal appearance is indicative of high visceral fat.

However, one of the best benefits of Anavar is that it burns both visceral and subcutaneous fat, helping women achieve a smaller waist.

This reduction in visceral fat mass is particularly beneficial for women, as they are more prone to storing belly fat. This is due to women having higher estrogen levels, causing distinct fat distribution compared to their male counterparts.

One way Anavar burns fat is simply by producing exogenous testosterone, a fat-burning hormone that increases lipolysis. However, we have also found Anavar to enhance T3 (triiodothyronine) levels, a potent thyroid fat-burning hormone that also has positive effects on the metabolism.

Our tests show that Anavar also improves insulin sensitivity (unlike most anabolic steroids), which is a hormonal explanation for reductions in visceral fat.

Enhances Muscle Endurance

Anavar, essentially a form of exogenous testosterone, will increase red blood cell production, thus causing superior oxygen delivery to the muscles.

This can enhance muscular endurance, hence why some athletes try to obtain a winning edge by taking steroids.

Although users typically build moderate amounts of muscle on Anavar, they rarely gain much weight due to a lack of the aromatase enzyme being present and simultaneous fat burning. Thus, users aren’t just building muscle but also stripping the body of extracellular water and fat mass, improving functionality.

Lack of Virilization

We find that women are rarely troubled by the side effects of Anavar, especially from a masculinization/virilization perspective.

However, we have had female patients whose voice has deepened, their clitoris enlarged, or their menstrual cycles disrupted (when taking very high dosages or excessively long cycles).

Women also need to be careful that the ‘Anavar’ they are taking is truly 100% Anavar (Oxandrolone) and not another substance. This is because our tests show that Anavar is commonly counterfeited on the black market, being replaced with Dianabol (a much cheaper steroid to produce). If a woman unknowingly takes Dianabol, virilization side effects are very likely.

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Legal Anavar Alternative


Anvarol is our recommended Anavar product for women.

Anvarol mimics Anavar by reducing fat mass and increasing lean muscle tissue. However, Anvarol does not cause the side effects of Anavar, such as high LDL cholesterol, suppressed endogenous testosterone, and potential virilization.

Anvarol is an FDA-approved steroid alternative and does not require a prescription.

Anavar Side Effects

Post-Cycle Come Down

Anavar suppresses endogenous testosterone, which isn’t just problematic for men; testosterone remains a crucial hormone for women as well.

Testosterone is important for well-being, libido, confidence, and energy levels in women.

Thus, women at our clinic can often feel lethargic with a low mood after taking Anavar and are thus not exempt from a post-cycle comedown.

Anavar is not an overly suppressive anabolic steroid; however, if a woman’s well-being is notably affected, she may want to run post-cycle therapy.

We have had success in accelerating the recovery of women’s endogenous testosterone when supplementing with DHEA, the official prescription medication for women with low androgen levels.

DHEA – Anavar PCT For Women

  • 25–50 mg per day (4 weeks)


All anabolic steroids will skew cholesterol levels in the wrong direction, with LDL (low-density lipoprotein) increasing and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) decreasing.

In our experience, Anavar’s effects on cholesterol are relatively mild in comparison to other steroids; however, blood pressure is still likely to rise on-cycle.

Thus, any woman with high blood pressure should avoid Anavar. Performing regular cardio during a cycle will also help to regulate blood pressure.

Users should avoid taking stimulants while on Anavar to offer further protection to the heart.

Liver Toxicity

Anavar is a c-17 alpha-alkylated steroid, and thus it is hepatotoxic (7). However, most users do not experience excessively high ALT/AST enzymes after a cycle, based on our tests.

Thus, Anavar is not strongly hepatotoxic compared to other oral steroids.

However, if users are drinking copious amounts of alcohol on-cycle, taking toxic medications, or stacking Anavar with other orals (such as Anadrol or Winstrol), then cirrhosis or peliosis hepatis are both possible.

Ultimately, the liver is a very resilient and self-healing organ (8) that often takes much abuse in order to fail, which Anavar is unlikely to cause by itself. However, precautions and regular monitoring of liver enzymes remain essential. We have found that supplementing with TUDCA can also alleviate hepatic strain when taking orals like Anavar.


Typical Anavar Results (in Women)

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Anavar results (in women): 10mg per day

Notice how this woman has lost a significant amount of fat, specifically in the midsection.

Furthermore, her total weight has actually increased, indicative of muscle gain. Thus, results on Anavar should not be monitored with scales (due to simultaneous fat-burning and muscle-building), but instead visually.

Anavar Dosage for Women

In our experience, successful Anavar dosages for women range from 5–10 mg/day.

Cycles should last 4–5 weeks.

The higher the dosage and the longer the cycle, the higher the risk of side effects.

However, many women barely notice any negative effects from such dosages.

Anavar-only cycles are typically recommended for women, as stacking can increase the risk of masculinization.

Best Steroids For Women

  1. Anavar: significant fat loss and lean muscle gains.
  2. Clenbuterol (not technically a steroid): rapid fat loss.
  3. Winstrol: very similar effects to Anavar, but with slightly enhanced results and more pronounced side effects. Needs to be taken in small doses to avoid virilization.
  4. Anadrol is the best option for increasing size, mass, and strength because women surprisingly tolerate it well.
  5. Deca Durabolin is well tolerated by women and has mild side effects. Good for muscle hypertrophy and strength.

Anavar’s Pros and Cons


  • Potent fat burner
  • Builds lean muscle
  • Mild side effects
  • Tolerated well by women (retaining femininity)


  • Expensive to purchase
  • Illegal to use (for cosmetic purposes)
  • Often counterfeited on the black market

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