Testosterone propionate is an oil based steroid with an propionate ester which will cause the steroid to be released from the injection site over the duration of a few days. This is different then the likes of testosterone enanthate which is much more slow acting compared to the propionate ester, which requires much more frequent injections to make sure blood concentrations remain stable. Injections every day, or every other day is the normal practice with testosterone propionate. The greater volume of injections needed when using testosterone propionate is not likeable for some users, either because of their circumstances, or because of the build up of scar tissue and therefore the need for more injection sites to rotate to avoid scar tissue build up. Testosterone propionate can be also a sore shot, and result in fever like symptoms for a couple of days. Some UG labs have starting producing 200mg/ml which has brought about some users experiencing very painful shots. Propionate is less soluble and therefore greater amounts of alcohol content will be present in the higher concentrations. Some users have found it more tolerable to mix the shot with another compound to dilute the mixture, and hopefully minimise the pain.
With having said the above, many users find testosterone propionate a very effective product. Testosterone is a very powerful steroid, and the propionate ester results in a situation in which blood concentrations can be controlled effectively, and cease of use will bring about a quicker decrease in blood concentrations for the user. This is what makes the product popular with female athletes.
Being a testosterone product we can expect the usual oestrogen related side effects from the testosterones tendency to convert to oestrogen. Many claim that the propionate is much more favourable compared to other testosterone esters as it brings about less side effects and a harder look. This should be taken with a pinch of a salt as the parent steroid is the same no matter the ester, all that is different is the release of the hormone from the depot. As said above however, if these side effects become unbearable for the user then the concentrations will drop quicker compared to that of other esters once the product is ceased, which can be much more favorable.
Water retention can cause loss of definition due to the increase subcutaneous fluids, sudden increase in bodyweight, and related issues such as increased blood pressure and back and shin pumps are also common. The excess water bloat can become quite noticeable to other people too.
Gynecomstia can be a possible result of the excess oestrogen levels during and after the cycle. Gynecomstia is also sometime referred to as 'gyne' or 'gyno', and is the formation of breat tissue under the nipples. The first symptoms of gynecomstia if often sore or/and puffy nipples. If left untreated the gynecomstia could worsen and require surgery to correct. Ancillary drugs such as nolvedex and proviron may be implemented if a user is sensitive to such side effects, or develops them mid cycle. However, a better choice would be an anti-aromatase drug such as aromasin, arimidex or femara.
A common dose for testosterone propionate is 50-100mg each or every other day. This gives a weekly figure of 350mg-700mg. Propionate is commonly used during cutting phrases, along with other non-aromatising steroids such as winstrol or primobolan. Also very effective is combining the propionate with a non-aromatising androgen such as trenbolone, which would bring about a very hard defined look. Adding more androgenic steroids to the propionate will obviously result in more pronounced androgen related side effects.
Testosterone propionate anabolic steroid cycles
Novice user's cycle
100mg of testosterone propionate every 2 days (each other day) for 8 weeks.
Intermediate user's cycle
75mg of testosterone propionate every day for 8+ weeks, possibly stacked with other anabolic steroids.
Advanced user's cycle
100mg of testosterone propionate every day for 8+ weeks, stacked with other anabolic steroids to aid results