Sustanon-250 is a testosterone compound comprised of four different ester based testosterones. A common misconception among many steroid users is that Sustanon-250 carries with it more power than other testosterone forms, this is not so, it is merely testosterone, a powerful anabolic and androgenic hormone in its own right. Sustanon-250 was first developed by Organon in an effort to compound the perfect testosterone for the purposes of hormone replacement therapy. The idea was simple; in one single compound create a testosterone that will actively release the hormone from the point of injection up to several weeks post-injection at a steady and even rate. By creating such a compound an HRT patient could effectively keep testosterone flowing through their body and necessarily only administer the hormone once every 3-4 weeks to achieve such an end. While following such protocol would prove to be effective, as the compound was a success in this regard, maintaining stable blood levels is quite a different story and for that reason those who use Sustanon 250 for performance purposes will find frequent injections to be an absolute necessity.
Sustanon-250 is the brand name for the four part testosterone mixture originally created by Organon but as is common, as it was the first form of the compound the trade name Sustanon-250 is largely associated with all brands. Sust, as it is commonly known is comprised of only testosterone but it has four various esters attached; two short, one moderate and one long ester. The composition of the compound is as follows:
- Testosterone Propionate: 30mg
- Testosterone Phenylpropionate: 60mg
- Testosterone Isocaproate: 60mg
- Testosterone Decanoate: 100mg
To understand Sustanon-250 we only need to understand testosterone and the manner in-which esters work. Once we understand the hormone testosterone and once we understand the esters attached are not hormones then we can understand how this particular steroidal compound is supposed to work.
As you can see from its makeup a large portion of the testosterone becomes active very quickly once administered due to the Propionate and Phenylpropionate forms being attached. However, the full release will not occur until the Decanoate fulfills its function; because of the Decanoate ester being attached Sustanon-250 has a total half-life of approximately 18 days.
The Benefits of Sustanon-250
The greatest benefit of use is by far the ability to provide testosterone over an extended period of time but for the performance enhancer this proves to be of little use. When used for performance purposes the idea is not to simply provide testosterone but to do so and keep it at its peak level as well as stable. Due to this fact and since Sustanon-250 provides a dose that dwindles as time goes by for performance purposes it must be injected at minimum every three days with every other day being optimal.
Once you understand the manner in-which best suits your needs in-terms of injection frequency you can then enjoy the benefits of this powerful testosterone hormone. Like all testosterones, regardless of the form, Sustanon-250 will greatly increase nitrogen retention in the muscles as well as protein synthesis; key factors in both growth and preservation. Further, through testosterone use we can readily increase our red blood cell count and the powerful anabolic IGF 1 hormone, all key factors in the performance game.
The Side-Effects of Sustanon 250
All medications, steroidal and non-steroidal alike carry with them possible negative side-effects, Sustanon-250 makes no exception. The possible side-effects of Sustanon-250 are identical to every other testosterone form as the active hormone testosterone is what comprises Sustanon-250. As testosterone, regardless of form converts to estrogen via the aromatase process common anabolic side-effects of an estrogenic nature can occur such as Gynecomastia, increased blood pressure, as well as cholesterol issues and testicular atrophy. While testicular atrophy occurs in all who use testosterone it will reverse once use is discontinued when used responsibly. Testicular atrophy occurs because by administering exogenous testosterone our bodies are no longer required to produce their own; as testosterone is produced in the testicles, once production comes to a halt they simply shrink; once production begins again they return to their normal size. Beyond testicular atrophy, which will assuredly occur, other common side-effects are easily avoidable. As most side-effects are due to estrogen conversion by taking an aromatase inhibitor in conjunction with our testosterone we can prevent the estrogen from binding as well as reduce the amount in the body. Further and most importantly, with proper diet rich in healthy fats we can largely protect against blood pressure and cholesterol issues.
Sustanon-250 is not the only testosterone mixture on the market; there are actually quite a few with Omnadren and Testoviron being the two most prominent besides that of Sust. Generally everything that can be said of Sustanon-250 can be said of Omnadren as they are almost identical in every way and while Testoviron is simply a mixture of Testosterone-Enanthate and Testosterone-Propionate made by Schering (Not to be confused with Testoviron Depot, an Enanthate only form) there is something you need to understand. Of all testosterones and testosterone forms, testosterone mixtures are by-in-large the most commonly counterfeited on the black market. The demand for such mixtures is often high because certain labs prey on the ignorance of others; many believe a testosterone mixture is more powerful than a single-ester form when as you understand mixing various forms together does not change the active hormone. Understand, testosterone is simply testosterone regardless of the form and regardless of how many forms you couple together.
Sustanon-250 Cycles & Doses
Sustanon-250 can be used for any cycle be it bulking or cutting and as most steroid users will build their cycles around testosterone Sust can be a fine choice. Testosterone is generally well-tolerated by healthy adult men who use it; as it is a hormone naturally found in our body it is not one we are unaccustomed to and in healthy adult men increased levels are often well received. Further, when stacking various anabolic androgenic steroids together, because our natural production of testosterone will cease it is important to keep some testosterone in the body for proper physical function and when you add in the beneficial anabolic characteristics it simply makes sense. Regardless of how you plan your cycles testosterone will in most cases necessarily be a part of them all and in many cases the only steroid you’ll ever need.
For the individual who uses Sustanon-250 as part of a testosterone replacement plan 250mg every 2-4 weeks is a common dose but this will be determined by your doctor. For the performance enhancer, as a general rule of thumb 500mg of testosterone is often considered the base dosing level and is perfect for any beginner. While this is a perfect beginners dose many will find it is all they ever need no matter how advanced they become. For the hardcore, doses of 1,000mg per week are fairly common place and even beyond in bodybuilding circles, particularly those who fall in the realm of competition. Understand, when the dose increases, while the rewards may as well so do the risks associated.
Many will find 12-16 week cycles of Sustanon-250 to be perfect and very well-tolerated in most cases; however, a solid post cycle therapy (PCT) plan is necessary once discontinued. Because Sustanon-250 carries long esters you will necessarily begin PCT 3 weeks after your final Sust administration which may include hCG, Nolva and/or Clomid. Those who use hCG are advised to begin use approximately ten days before Nolva/Comid for approximately ten days of use.