Winstrol is an extremely popular steroid, and for very good reason. The advantages of this oral steroid are many; it’s moderately effective at an affordable price, but perhaps best of all is its safety. Winstrol has a hepatotoxic effect on the liver, so while some may say its relative safety lies in the fact that it does not aromatize to estrogen (the primary culprit in causing 17-alpha alkylated oral steroids to be hepatotoxic), actually Winstrol does aromatize slightly too much for recommended use in men.

However, one can avoid this side effect by using Arimidex or letrozole during Winstrol use if they are worried about any estrogenic effects. As I mentioned, Winstrol does have a moderate level of activity in the body when it comes to other steroids. In fact, you could run a very mild cycle consisting entirely of winny and still reap good gains. However, most users prefer to use winny in conjunction with other steroids for a synergistic effect that will maximize results.

Be warned though that if using ancillaries, one must be absolutely sure their PCT plan will work 100% as there is no estrogen to assist in recovery from such heavy duty cycles . If your cycle involves test only , this may not be necessary, but many guys like to enjoy the full spectrum benefits offered by testosterone while on a Winstrol cycle. This means adding Nolvadex/Tamoxifen and/or HCG into the cycle in order to avoid a post cycle crash. Although with test only, winstrol is one of the few steroids that actually increases endogenous levels of testosterone, so it can be enough for recovery.

When we examine the best winstrol cycles, we’ll look at both the total cycle and its separate components as well as other considerations such as dosing.

An Example Winstrol Cycle:

Winstrol 50 mg/day

Anavar 40-50 mg/day (oral)

GH 25 mcg/day (sublingual)

This example is representative of many stacking protocols employed by those wishing to stack winny with another steroid. We could go into more detail and divide this protocol into anabolic and androgenic portions, but that’s another article for another time. What we should realize from the onset is that your doses will be relatively low due to the moderate nature of these substances; if you’re going to stack two or even three substances, you have to keep your doses low in order to ensure no overlap exists.

Winstrol 50 mg/day

Anavar 40-50 mg/day (oral)

GH 25 mcg/day (sublingual)

Nolvadex 20-30 mg/day throughout cycle and for 2 weeks PCT

This is a very good example of a winstrol only cycle. In fact it should almost be called a PCT rather than a cycle because although we add other drugs into the mix, their doses are so low that they don’t interfere with the basic nature of the Winstrol. Keep in mind that this protocol would not produce dramatic results; if you want big muscles, you need to use Winstrol in combination with another drug.

Winstrol 50 mg/day

Nolvadex 20-30 mg/day throughout cycle and for 2 weeks PCT

Anavar 40-50mg/day (oral)

GH 25 mcg/day (sublingual)

This is a very good example of a winstrol only cycle. In fact it should almost be called a PCT rather than a cycle because although we add other drugs into the mix, their doses are so low that they don’t interfere with the basic nature of the Winstrol. Keep in mind that this protocol would not produce dramatic results; if you want big muscles, you need to use Winstrol in combination with another drug.

Winstrol 50 mg/day

GH 25 mcg/day (sublingual) (or any short ester testosterone)

Anavar 40-50mg/day (oral)

This is the best example of a winstrol cycle as it involves both long and short acting injectables. In this case, we use GH for its anti-progestagenic effect as well as its ability to enhance nutrient partitioning and lipolysis . As you can see, these effects are compatible with those of winstrol. It should be noted that many other drugs have similar mechanisms of action and thus could serve just as well here; however, I would recommend sticking to the basics until you have enough experience under your belt to experiment.

Winstrol 50 mg/day

GH 25 mcg/day (sublingual) ( or any short ester testosterone )

Tren 75-100mg/day (oral or injectable)

Now we’re talking about real gains! This stack combines both anabolic and androgenic drugs for optimal synergism. I would also like to note that the above cycle is very mild in nature; however, these doses can be increased if one so chooses. The above dose of winstrol may not yield much in the way of noticeable gains alone, but when used with trenbolone it will take your breath away! As always keep Nolvadex on hand for PCT.

Winstrol 50 mg/day

GH 25 mcg/day (sublingual) (or any short ester testosterone )

Anavar 40-50mg/day (oral)

Testosterone propionate 100mg every other day all throughout the cycle and for 2 weeks of PCT.

This example is a very common one, particularly among those who are just starting out or those who find themselves strapped for cash at certain points during their cycles. In this case, we have an extremely good mix of drugs as well as dosing that will yield some awesome gains in mass and strength . Of course it goes without saying that if you’re going to use two injectable steroids along with the daily orals, you need to be using Nolvadex throughout the cycle.

Anyone who is considering steroids should know what the potential side effects are first. The number of Winstrol side effects are rather mild when compared to other steroids; however, users may still encounter one or more of the following.

Serious Side Effects

Some Winstrol side effects are more serious than others, and may include:

  • Liver toxicity, which is characterized by yellowing of the eyes and skin, nausea, vomiting, pain in the abdominal region and light colored stools. The odds of liver toxicity increases when higher than normal doses are taken or when cycles are extended longer than the recommended amount of time
  • Changes in cholesterol level. Winstrol is known to increase Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels, while also decreasing High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol levels. As such, those who take Winstrol for an extended period should have regular blood tests performed to monitor their cholesterol levels.
  • Decreased glucose tolerance

The odds of developing serious Winstrol side effects increases whenever certain medications are taken. Use caution when taking coagulants, which are medications that thin the blood, or oral diabetes medications.

Mild Side Effects

Men and women may both suffer some rather mild Winstrol side effects, with the most common ones being:

  • Acne
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Pattern baldness/thinning hair

These symptoms are usually not problematic, and typically subside once a Winstrol cycle is over with.

Female Side Effects

Women may suffer virilization, or the development of male characteristics when taking Winstrol, even though the odds of it are much lower than with other steroids. Female Winstrol users should be mindful of these Winstrol side effects that could indicate virilization is happening:

  • Voice that becomes deeper/more raspy
  • Hirustism, which involves having excessive facial and/or body hair
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Amenorrhea, which is the absence of menstrual cycles
  • Changes in genetalia

Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future should also avoid taking Winstrol, as this steroid could cause birth defects in a fetus. Scientists are not sure whether Winstrol is excreted in breast milk, so women who are breastfeeding should play it safe and avoid taking it.

Male Side Effects

Some Winstrol side effects may be noticed only by men, including:

  • Gynecomastia, which is the development of an excess amount of breast tissue
  • Testicular atrophy
  • Decreased testicular function
  • Decreased libido

These male side effects tend to increase whenever Winstrol is taken for extended periods of time or stacked with other steroids. To reduce the odds of these side effects, men should cycle on and off as directed. Stacking should only be performed after each steroid in the stack has been tried separately with no adverse side effects. 

Side effects may occur at any time, even if Winstrol has previously been tolerated well in the past. For this reason, it is important for users to be mindful of the possible side effects each time a new cycle is started. If side effects are noticed, stop taking Winstrol and consult with a medical professional.