Deca is also known as Nandrolone Decanoate or simply ‘Deca’. The compound ranks second in popularity among anabolic steroids, trailing testosterone. Deca is well known among novice and experienced bodybuilders and is regularly used as part of a stack in a cycle.
Despite its popularity, Deca has no special anabolic properties. The results that the steroid provides can also be achieved through the use of other anabolic steroids.
Chemical Structure of Deca
Deca Durabolin steroid is manufactured by altering the Nandrolone hormone and adding a Decanoate ester chain to it. The chain serves two main purposes: slow-release the steroid and make the hormone oil soluble. When used for medical purposes, the main function of the ester is to allow Nandrolone to be injected every 21 days. However, bodybuilders can inject the compound as often as weekly.
Popularity of Deca
Deca Durabolin gets most of its properties from the parent steroid; Nandrolone (or 19-nor). One of the positive traits of Deca is that it does not easily convert to estrogen compared to testosterone.
The first pharmaceutical injectables used for muscle growth were Nandrolone and testosterone. These two compounds became popular among bodybuilders and performance athletes because they were economical. Apart from this, there was no control on estrogen and hence the low aromatizing properties of Deca proved useful. As a result, Deca Durabolin steroids ended up being more popular than testosterones.
Deca Durabolin in bodybuilding
You can increase your overall steroid dosage by adding 400mg of Deca to a Dianabol cycle or testosterone cycle. This can be done without the risk of more side effects. For example, if you are taking 500mg Sustanon 250 per week and feel the need to increase your dose, you are likely to experience more side effects if you increase your intake of the same testosterones.
The aromatizing rate of testosterone increases in higher doses and this will put you are risk of water retention of gynecomastia if the amount of Deca in your body is increasing.
Side Effects of Deca
The only time side effects will manifest when using Deca Durabolin pills is if the amount being taken is more than the amount of testosterone being used or if the compound is being used alone by itself. Generally, you should stick to a testosterone to Nandrolone ratio of 3:2. For example, if you are taking 600mg of testosterone, your Deca dosage should not be more than 400mg.
The use of nandrolone decanoate by adolescents in small doses (up to 50 mg per week) does not cause premature closure of growth zones and stop bone growth in length.
One of the major problems of Deca is that it acts as a substrate for dihydrotestesterone (DHT) when there is no enough testosterone. Without enough testosterone, the body will be flooded with Nandrolone capabilities and this will out-compete the amount of DHT production. As a result, you are likely to experience erection problems.
Androgenic Effects of Durabolin
One advantage of Deca is that its side effects on the skin and scalp are mild. This is because the potency of Nandrolone is reduced by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. In contrast, this enzyme does not affect most other anabolic steroids. In fact, the potency of testosterone is increased by the enzyme.
Deca Durabolin tablets also have a positive effect on joint pains. Bodybuilders that use the compound, even in low doses like 100mg/week, experience relief in the joints.
Deca Durabolin and Testosterone Production
One of the negative points of using Deca Durabolin is that it can interfere with the natural production of testosterone after going through a cycle. Some of the side effects of the compound include erectile dysfunction and a lower libido. However, the side effects are likely to occur only when dosages of 200mg to 400mg per week are taken or if the compound is used alone at any effective dose.Since the drug is retained for a long time in the body, it cannot be used during the period of pre-competition preparation. Deca is mainly used in the base period of building muscle mass for those who are not involved in competitions, as well as for beginners.
More problems arise when Deca is used with testosterone or significant doses of compounds that are more androgenic, for example Dianabol, Masteron or Trenbolone. Cases of depression and aggressiveness after using the steroid are also common. However, the side effects experienced vary from user to use.
Recommendation on Using Deca Durabolin
Deca Durabolin is best used by experienced athletes who are experiencing joint pains from their workouts. The compound should be incorporated in a stack and be used in low doses as possible. The compound has a long half-life and hence is not suitable for short cycles and when competitions are nearing.
Deca also has virilizing effects per milligram and hence is not a good choice for women.