Equipoise (chemical name boldenone undecylenate) was developed by the pharmaceutical company Ciba, the same company that created Dianabol. Boldenone undecylenate was meant to be a long lasting version of dbol that would be given to horses and cattle every six weeks. In these animals, equipoise considerably improves appetite and lean mass, as well as overall behavior.
In spite of the popular belief that boldenone undecylenate has never been approved by any governmental institution for human use, Ciba actually did produce EQ for human use. It was sold under the commercial name Parenabol for almost two decades. Due to its ligament preserving quality, as well as bone mass preserving, it was widely used for the treatment of osteoporosis and other related health conditions. However, it was the only version of boldenone that was ever produced and approved specifically for humans.
Still though, it is widespread among athletes, who appreciate its anabolic properties and purchase either veterinary grade equipoise, or the underground versions sold under different trademarks on the black market.
Chemically, boldenone undecylenate is almost identical to methandrostenolone (dianabol). There is only one structural difference between these two anabolic agents. Dbol is an oral steroid with a c17 alpha alkylated group (c17aa) added in order to survive the first liver pass. On the other hand, equipoise is not an oral steroid, and it therefore doesn’t need the c17aa group in its structure. What it does have, is the undecylenate ester, which provides a slow release rate into the system after being injected.
For some reason equipoise seems to be a very underrated steroid. One can agree that it doesn’t give extreme mass gains, nor is it fast. However, many tend to forget that apart from anabolic effects, its main property is mass preservation. Therefore, since it will help preserve a lot of lean mass gains, EQ can be a very useful stacking steroid both for cutting, and bulking anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS).
Besides, its side effects are very mild. The weak side effects and slow mass gains require long cycles in order to appreciate noticeable results. Even if these will not be clearly visible right away, one can be sure that strength and endurance will be considerably enhanced.
Due to its outstanding nitrogen retention ability equipoise helps to have some very hard and well defined muscles, and will perfectly fit in a stack with Trenbolone or Winstrol.
Erythropoiesis, or simply put – red blood cell production, is another physiological process triggered by equipoise. As a matter of fact, all steroids increase red blood cell count, but equipoise stands out in this aspect.
This is a very crucial property for any steroid to have, because more blood cells means more oxygen will reach the muscles through the blood. And as we all know, oxygen is essential for the muscles to work properly and perform to their maximum capabilities. Therefore, erythropoiesis is an extremely beneficial property for bodybuilding.
Boldenone undecylenate barely presents any androgenic effects, and these usually take place when over-the-top dosages are taken without any ancillary drugs. Hence, it is quite popular among female athletes, who find EQ to be a fairly safe steroid when used in low dosages.
Female athletes limit themselves to 25-50 milligrams (mgs) per week. That dosage renders substantial results and makes the use of EQ relatively risk-free. Some women do take 75 mgs weekly, but the additional results are not worth the additional virilization risks, especially with such a long acting steroid as equipoise. Either way, if virilization effects take place, boldenone undecylenate should be immediately discontinued.
Boldenone undecylenate has very mild side effects, most of which happen when really high dosages are injected.
While equipoise aromatizes very poorly and estrogenic effects are infrequent,gynecomastia can theoretically occur in those with a predisposition. These few estrogenic side effects can be easily dealt with by using such ancillary drugs as Nolvadex and/or Proviron.
Certain androgenic side effects are possible. Among them are cases of oily skin, acne and hair loss. Yet again – these are also usually related to high intakes of boldenone undecylenate, and are not frequent when moderate dosages are taken.
Although the interaction of equipoise with the 5alpha reductase enzyme does produce a more potent androgen (dihydroboldenone) in laboratory conditions, its affinity to convert into this androgen in the human body is non-existent. Therefore, using reductase inhibitors like Proscar will render no results.
There is another side effect that is commonly reported by equipoise users – it drastically increases appetite, and cravings can occur. Although it is not a threat to health, it may be a concern to those running a cutting cycle. In such cases, it is recommended to start with a lower dose of equipoise in order to prevent these problems.
Like most AAS, equipoise is very suppressive to natural testosterone production. Therefore, long cycles (14-16 weeks) that are normally ran with equipoise require a responsible approach to cycle planning and post-cycle therapy (PCT). HCGenerate ES and Clomid will assist you in maintaining a steady hormonal level and avoid sexual dysfunction.