Instructions for taking testosterone propianate


Testosterone propionate is one of the most sought-after steroids in bodybuilding. Testosterone propionate is intended for the development of muscle mass and strength, but because of its particular action, it is more often used during the drying period. It is one of the esters of testosterone. Among the main modern manufacturers of propionate are BM Pharmaceuticals’ Indian Testopin, Pharmak’s Ukrainian testosterone propionate (the slang name for the drug among athletes is ‘dill’, but it has one major drawback: the low concentration of the active substance in the solution), Nordic’s English Verormone and others.

Testosterone is a hormone that serves as the base molecule for most hormonal (androgenic) drugs. By modifying the testosterone molecule (by adding or removing atoms), a particular drug is synthesised. For example, testosterone propionate is a testosterone molecule with a propionic acid ester attached, and it is this ester that determines the pharmacological properties and action of this substance.

Steroid profile

  • Anabolic activity – 100% testosterone
  • Androgenic activity – 100% testosterone (high)
  • Aromatisation (conversion to oestrogen) – high (need to use anti-oestrogens)
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis suppression – pronounced.
  • Liver toxicity – low
  • Method of administration – injections
  • Duration of action – 2-3 days
  • Detection time – 2 to 3 weeks

Action of testosterone propionate

  • Specifically initiates gene transcription, which alters the nitrogen balance in a positive direction.
  • Increases levels of insulin-like growth factor in muscle and liver.
  • Induces proliferation of satellite cells in muscle tissue, leading to muscle hyperplasia and repair.

It should be noted that all esters have the same mechanisms of action, the difference being in activity and preferential direction of action.


  • Increase in muscle mass
  • Fat burning
  • Improved relief
  • Increased strength
  • Increased libido
  • Reduced risk of cardiac ischaemia and coronary heart disease

Characterised by a short duration of action. Injections are generally given every two days. This is one of the main disadvantages of using propionate compared with its longer-acting analogues, such as enanthate. The second major disadvantage is that it is more expensive than enanthate. It can be used both when working on the mass and during the drying period.

Another feature of the drug is that, at correctly chosen doses, most athletes either do not retain water in the body or do so only minimally. As a result, testosterone propionate does not cause a sudden increase in body weight of 10 to 15 kg in a few weeks, as is the case with enanthate, but the muscle mass gained with the use of propionate will be leaner and of better quality. Once in the body, it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, so the action of propionate can be felt from the first injection. And just as quickly excreted. For these reasons, athletes working on mass prefer enanthate, and propionate is more often used in drying. Suitable for athletes of all training levels, from beginners to the most experienced.

Course design

Can be the only steroid on the “course”, but the best effect is achieved when combined with other drugs. Beginners to the use of anabolic steroids may be recommended a dosage of 50 mg of propionate every other day. The usual dosage for more experienced athletes is 100 mg propionate a day or more.

For long-term treatment and high doses, MDT is required. Be sure to take anti-oestrogen drugs such as Proviron or Tamoxifen (10 mg a day) to avoid the development of gynaecomastia, fluid retention and other oestrogenic effects. When you leave the clinic, it is advisable to take cortisol blockers to maintain the weight you have gained. Make sure you follow a weight gain diet and take sports food.

Course combination

It combines well with stanozolol, trenbolone acetate, masteron, primobolan and some other preparations. Propionate is included in mixtures of testosterone esters such as sustanon or omnadren, as an obligatory component that allows the action of the steroid to be felt immediately.

Example of a cycle for beginner ‘chemists’ for a propionate-based dry-down:

  • Propionate 50 mg every other day
  • Winstrol 30 mg every other day, starting with 10 mg and increasing to the optimum dose over 1 week.
  • After 4 to 5 weeks, stop taking Winstrol for 3 to 7 days, gradually reducing the dose. Then gradually reduce the dose of propionate for 1 to 2 weeks.

During this process, the synergistic effect of the drugs becomes apparent, which means that the total effect of using them simultaneously is greater than the simple sum of the effects if they were used individually, while reducing the risk of side effects. Some experienced athletes make localised injections of propionate into the target muscle, such as the biceps, deltoids and shins when working on mass, but the effectiveness of this approach has not been proven.

Any form of steroid only has a resorptive effect, with no local effect on the muscle. If the drugs stimulated local hypertrophy of muscle cells when administered intramuscularly, asymmetric growth could be observed, superficially similar to the results obtained with synthol.

Side effects of propionate

The most common complaint is pain, irritation and redness at the injection site, which is further exacerbated by the need for high frequency. Marked increase in aggression.

The side effects of testosterone propionate are due to the fact that it is easily aromatised and converted into oestrogens and that dihydrotestosterone, like any other testosterone ester, can cause at high doses :

  • Gynecomastia
  • Acne
  • Baldness of the scalp
  • Hirsutism (loss of body hair)
  • Enlargement of the prostate gland (particularly in the elderly)
  • Masculinisation (in women)

The drug suppresses its own production of testosterone, which is generally restored at the end of treatment, after 2 to 3 months. In the case of long-term treatment, gonadotropin should be administered at a dose of 500 IU once a week from the 2nd week onwards. As practice shows, at moderate doses, gonadotropin does not affect the liver, kidneys or any other internal organ. It is not recommended for women because of its high androgenic activity.

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