Active Life: 15-16 days Drug Class: Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids (for injection) Average Dosage: Men 250-1000 mg/week Acne: Yes Water Retention: Yes, high Hypertension: Yes Physical Toxicity: Low, except in mega Dosas Aromatherapy: Yes, high DHT Conversion: Yes, high Decreased HPTA function: Yes, severe Testosterone Enanthate is an oil-based injectable steroid designed to slowly release testosterone from the point of injection. Once administered, serum concentrations of this hormone will increase for several days and remain markedly elevated for approximately two weeks. It can actually take three weeks for the action of this drug to wear off completely. For medical purposes this is the most widely prescribed testosterone, regularly used to treat cases of hypogonadism and other disorders related to androgen deficiency. Since patients do not usually self-administer such injections, a long-acting steroid like this is a very positive thing. The therapy is clearly more comfortable compared to an ester like propionate, which requires a much more frequent dosing schedule. Testosterone is a powerful hormone with notable side effects. Much of which stems from the fact that testosterone exhibits a high tendency to convert to estrogen. Therefore, related side effects can become a problem during a cycle. For starters, water retention can be quite noticeable. This can produce a clear loss of muscle definition, as subcutaneous fluids begin to build.The storage of excess body fat can further reduce the visibility of muscular features, another common problem with aromatizing steroids. Excess estrogen level during/after your cycle also has the potential to lead to gynecomastia. The addition of an ancillary drug such as Nolvadex and/or Proviron is therefore advisable for those with a known sensitivity to this side effect. The anti-aromatase Arimidex, Femara, or Aromasin are much better options though. It is believed that the use of an anti-estrogen may slightly decrease the anabolic effect of most androgen cycles (estrogen and water weight are often thought to facilitate strength and muscle gain), so that one might want to see if these drugs are really necessary before committing to use. A little swelling under the nipple is a sign that gynecomastia is developing. If this is left to develop further into pronounced swelling, pain and the growth of small lumps under the nipples, some form of action should be taken immediately to treat it (obviously stopping the drug or adding ancillaries like Nolvadex). Being a testosterone product, all the standard androgenic side effects are to be expected as well. Oily skin, acne, aggressiveness, facial/body hair growth, and male pattern baldness are all possible. Therefore, older or more sensitive individuals may choose to avoid testosterone products and seek out milder anabolics like DecaDurabolin or Equipoise that produce fewer side effects. Others may choose to add the drug Proscar/Propecia, which will minimize the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). With blood levels of this metabolite markedly reduced, the impact of related side effects should also be reduced.However, with high volume potent drugs, the user generally expects to incur strong side effects and will often only tolerate them. Most athletes don't really find testosterones all that uncomfortable (especially in the face of the bottom line), as can be seen with the sheer popularity of such compounds. Although this particular ester is active for much longer, most prefer to inject it weekly or every other week to keep blood levels stable. The usual dose would be in the range of 250mg-750mg per week. This level is quite sufficient, and should provide the user with rapid gains in strength and body weight. Above this level, the estrogenic side effects will no doubt become much more pronounced, possibly outweighing any new muscle gained. Those looking for more bulk would be better served by the addition of an oral such as Anadrol or Dianabol, combinations that happen to work very well. If one wishes to use a testosterone but retain a level of quality and definition to the physique, an injectable anabolic such as DecaDurabolin or Equipoise may prove to be a better option. Here we can use a lower dose of enanthate, to gain an acceptable amount of muscle but keep estrogen buildup to a minimum. With proper administration of ancillary drugs, Nolva/Clomid and HCG, during post cycle recovery much of the new muscle mass can be retained long after the cycle has stopped.