Primobolan (methenolone enanthate) is often of interest to beginners, and sometimes to experienced users. In fact, the main issue in this case is not pharmacological, but rather economic. In most cases, no matter what result a person is looking for, Primobolan is a very expensive alternative, and for most users, the drug does not provide any unique benefits from its use.
Accordingly, most experienced users do not include it in their steroid course.
At the same time, contrary to popular belief, Primobolan is not a weak steroid at all, at least in terms of milligrams. This is certainly not weak in terms of the ratio of the anabolic effect to the side effects. In this regard, it is quite an acceptable alternative. However, since methenolone enanthate does not have too high solubility, preparations based on it usually contain only 100 mg per milliliter. This fact can form a psychological impression that methenolone enanthate is a weaker substance compared to more concentrated drugs.
Another likely reason why it is considered weak is that Primobolan is most often used in anabolic steroid courses that are intentionally very conservative. For example, the classic beginner cycle is 400 mg of Primobolan per week, without adding any other steroids. Of course, such a course will not lead to huge progress. But the same can be said about 400 mg of testosterone per week!
For most anabolic steroids or their combinations, the total intake should be at least 500 mg per week, and even better 700-1000 mg per week, for the course to be highly effective. This rule is equally true when Primobolan is used as the sole anabolic steroid or as one of the components of your course.
Primobolan is an interesting case in terms of compatibility with other steroids. From a pharmacological point of view, there is most likely no difference between Primobolan and Masteron in how the drug is combined with other steroids, or at least this difference is very small, but in practice, those who use Primobolan almost always take it with other less "hard" drugs. For this reason, although Dianabol, Anadrol, or Testosterone are effective supplemental steroids, they are not usually combined with Primobolan.
For those who prefer a milder steroid course, the most appropriate drug in combination with Primobolan will not be any other anabolic steroid, but human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) at a dosage of about 1,500 mED per week. It can be taken, for example, 200 meads a day, 400 meads every other day, or 500 meads three times a week. Because of this, testosterone remains at a consistently high level, but does not exceed the physiological threshold, and estrogen is also maintained in a normal state, contributing to the effectiveness of Primobolan, with a relatively low probability of side effects from taking androgens. Such a protocol can be considered comparable to an injection of 100 mg of testosterone per week, and therefore the use of, for example, 500 mg of Primobolan per week in combination with this amount of hCG can be equated to 600 mg of anabolic steroids per week.
For those who would like to minimize the effects on the scalp and hair as much as possible, this amount of hCG may be excessive. Since a more moderate increase in testosterone levels is desirable in such cases, the hCG dose should be reduced to 700-750 mED per week. In addition, the consumption of Primobolan should not exceed 400 mg per week, as it also affects the hair and skin itself.
An alternative option that is not common is a trenbolone-based course, where instead of a relatively high dose of this steroid, the athlete limits the dosage of this drug, but uses an auxiliary non-aromatizing injectable steroid to support the effect of trenbolone. This combination may cause fewer side effects, but at the same time will be as effective, at least in terms of anabolism, as a higher dose of trenbolone. While Masteron seems more cost-effective for this purpose, Primobolan is also ideal for this situation.
The half-life of methenolone enanthate is most likely about 5 days. For this reason, Primobolan injections are most effective at least twice a week. Using 400 mg per week, post-course therapy (PCT) can be started as early as 5 days after the last injection, and at a higher level of use, such as 1000 mg per week, it takes at least 10 days to restore natural testosterone production.
Methenolone is not metabolized by either the 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) enzyme or the aromatase enzyme. Because of this, it is not converted to dihydrotestosterone or to estradiol. These are the undoubted advantages of this compound. However, it is worth remembering that the lack of conversion to DHT does not mean that it does not have any effect on the scalp: this is the "sin" of all anabolic steroids.
In a few words, Primobolan is an effective injectable anabolic steroid that is usually too uneconomical for the anabolic effect that its use achieves; it is mainly used for light courses, and in most (though not all) cases is not a very effective alternative in more complex cycles.