As reported in recent bodybuilding publications and media, Nandrolone Decanoate can be used carefully by women as a supplement for fitness models as well as athletes, which is rare with steroids producing any kind of androgenic side effects. Recommended doses for women are much lower, typically around 50 mg/ week. The drug’s popularity among fitness models as well as athletes puts Nandrolone Decanoate on the red carpet walk for certain. News reports say that precautions must be taken when used by women, as adverse side effects affect some individuals while producing no adverse side effects for others. Results for men are fairly concrete, but results for women using hormonally based supplements do vary, so according to media sources, women athletes and bodybuilders should use this product with caution and start with very small doses.
DHEA is a naturally occurring steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands by both men and women. Production of it decreases with age. DHEA is not recommended for people under 40 years of age, unless DHEA levels are known to be low (<130 mg/dl in women and <180 mg/dl in men). Therapeutic doses of 10-50mg of DHEA are used by many mature individuals (age 40+) for increase in perceived physical and psychological well-being (improved quality of sleep, more relaxed, increased energy, better ability to handle stress, improved depressive state)1. For men or women who have either adrenal insufficiency or hypopituitarism, although gluco-and mineralocorticosteroid replacement is needed, 50 mg a day of DHEA is sufficient for replacement2. Studies have shown no dangerous side effects from DHEA supplementation when taken in normal recommended therapeutic doses3. With respect to potential increase of the urinary testosterone/epitestosterone ratio (T/E) through DHEA supplementation, studies support DHEA use of 50mg/day or less having only slightly affected levels for a short period of time (2–5 h) without exceeding the 6:1 current acceptable ratio for NANBF and the IPE. DHEA’s effectiveness as an anabolic or energy-producing agent remains unproven.