Testosterone Propionate has its pros and cons as a testosterone ester choice, as one of the many ester variants available and used by bodybuilders regularly.
These advantages and disadvantages include not only the way you use it, but what it might cost you in comparison to other variants of testosterone.
Out of the three most widely used testosterone steroids, Testosterone Propionate would be the least popular but that’s mainly because it’s quite a niche steroid that can be a little more difficult to use than the other two (cypionate and enanthate).
You will still find this to be a steroid that’s easy to find for sale, but caution is required to make sure you’re getting a genuine high quality product.
Most of us will want to seek out pharmaceutical grade Testosterone Propionate for good reasons, but when that’s hard to come by you will want to have some viable alternatives to ensure you’re getting the best possible quality of this powerful anabolic steroid.
Keep reading to find out all you need to know (and much more) about buying and using Testosterone Propionate for bodybuilding.
Author’s Note: The following guide is based on my personal experience and does NOT promote the illegal use of steroids (PEDs).
Testosterone Propionate Benefits (Effects)
The effects and benefits of Testosterone Propionate will be familiar to you if you’ve previously used any other testosterone steroid.
The attached ester will not change the activity of the testosterone hormone itself, so once it’s released (which it does so quickly with Testosterone Propionate) you will start gaining the benefits we can expect from testosterone.
- Muscle growth: Testosterone naturally increases the process of protein synthesis, which is the most basic protein creating process in the cells. It’s here where new muscle protein is produced and maintained that will be critical to the gains you make on Testosterone Propionate. A complex process involving an increase in satellite cells that leads to muscle hypertrophy is supercharged on a Testosterone Propionate, but you need to be eating enough of the right calories to support this potential for substantial muscle tissue growth.
- Muscle strength: It’s not only through your increasing muscle size that Testosterone Propionate also increases muscular strength, but another mechanism is at play here that will have you lifting heavier than you could ever manage without steroids. Testosterone will boost calcium levels in muscle cells which results in more capacity for forceful muscle contractions.
- Endurance: Red blood cell development is boosted by Testosterone Propionate and the big benefit of this is increased endurance – the ability to push your muscles harder for longer before reaching the point of fatigue. The more red blood cells there are, the more oxygen that gets carried to the muscles to power them for longer.
- Recovery: Several functions of Testosterone Propionate contribute to its powerful effects on speeding up the recovery process. One such effect is its anti-catabolic properties that suppresses stress hormones like cortisol that can inhibit the repair of muscle tissue. Although muscle recovery times will be an individual process dependent on different factors (like diet and type of exercise), if you on average normally take 48 hours to recovery a muscle group after working out, Testosterone Propionate is likely to reduce this to a mere 24 hour recovery time.
- Fat burning: Most steroid users don’t consider fat loss high up on the reasons for using testosterone, but Testosterone Propionate will have some fat burning effects thanks to the way it increases certain receptors which are found in fat tissue called beta-adrenergic receptors. These receptors are very important for losing body fat through the process of enhancing the metabolic rate and fat oxidation.
Another important yet not often considered benefit of Testosterone Propionate is its positive effects on the brain, which is another core action of testosterone.
Memory, sex drive, cognition, mood and focus can all be improved with Testosterone Propionate and we know that when testosterone is low these are some of the most prominent aspects that are negatively affected.
Increased mental energy and focus leads to enhanced motivation and positivity surrounding the diet and workout program you need to stick with to see the best results on a Testosterone Propionate cycle.
Legal Testosterone Alternative
I’m on TRT, so I’m always skeptical of whether or not products intended to boost testosterone levels even work for me at all. Well, let me just tell you that the skepticism I had at first is completely gone after experiencing the effects of Testo-Max.
Testo-Max is absolutely INSANE in terms of delivering strength and mass gains that are FAST and DRY!! It acts on different pathways than a testosterone derivative or a typical androgenic steroid, and it gives you all of the benefits without the side effects.
So, if you’re looking for a legal alternative to testosterone injections then Testo-Max is very comparable and best of all is you won’t mess with your normal hormone levels when you stop using it!!
Testosterone Propionate Side Effects
All ester variants of testosterone will come with the same profile of possible side effects.
A difference between Testosterone Propionate and most of the other popular testosterone esters, which are generally slower acting, is that the Testosterone Propionate side effects can start developing much earlier in the cycle.
That’s just a consequence of the fast working nature of Testosterone Propionate. You get both the benefits and the side effects appearing very early on, and usually that will be within the first week for some side effects, while others can take longer to develop.
The primary categories of side effects with Testosterone Propionate are estrogenic, androgenic, hormone suppression and cardiovascular.
The main estrogen related side effects to be aware of are excess water retention (which can also lead to increased blood pressure), and gynecomastia (male breast enlargement).
These effects are rarely as pronounced with Testosterone Propionate as with some other steroids, but the process of estrogen conversion makes them a possibility and one to be prepared for by keeping either SERMs or aromatase inhibitor drugs on hand. If gynecomastia is allowed to progress to far, it can be difficult to reverse.
Androgenic side effects are certainly some of the most annoying, though technically harmless besides aesthetic reasons. Acne development is more likely if you’ve battled acne in your teenage years.
Those with male pattern baldness in the genes can see hair loss occurring, and just how bad this can be is going to be mostly dependent on genetics (and your dosage).
Higher doses of Testosterone Propionate raise your risk of losing hair because there will be increased DHT circulating, which is the cause of the shrinkage of the hair follicles that causes your head hair to fall out.
Suppression of your normal testosterone production is a certain side effect and while it will return to normal some time after finishing your Testosterone Propionate, this can take up to several months. During that time you’ll suffer with low testosterone symptoms which have extremely negative consequences for your quality of life.
This is easily avoided by following a standard PCT plan which will reduce the time for testosterone recovery and make it possible to keep your hard earned muscle gains.
The cardiovascular related side effects are always the most concerning ones and while Testosterone Propionate will not stress the cardiovascular system as much as many other steroids, you still need to be aware of changes to cholesterol (especially lowering of LDL levels) as well as increased blood pressure.
If you’re using an aromatase inhibitor drug to combat estrogenic side effects, this can worsen your cholesterol levels by 20% or more.
If cholesterol is of particular concern to you, then it’s wise to stick to SERMs for the purpose of estrogen control while sticking with a diet that’s cardio friendly – plenty of omega-3 foods like oil fish, plus wholegrains, avocado, lentils and seeds.
Where To Buy Testosterone Propionate?
Testosterone Propionate should be an easy steroid to find in the usual places that you can buy anabolic steroids. Most suppliers will stock this ester, even though it’s not the most popular among bodybuilders.
If you come across any pharmaceutical Testosterone Propionate marketed as being made in the US, it’s virtually certain to be counterfeit or imported because this steroid is no longer made in the US for medical use.
There are other countries where Testosterone Propionate is manufactured pharmaceutically. In eastern Europe Testosterone Propionate is still manufactured and sold through some pharmaceutical companies and it’s not common for counterfeit products to be on the market there, due to the high availability of genuine pharmaceutical Testosterone Propionate.
The most widely found concentration of this steroid is 100mg/ml, but you will find some 50mg/ml and 25mg/ml products out there. 10ml multi dose vials are widely available, but some suppliers will also sell single 1ml vials. Usually buying in very small quantities will result in paying more.
Pharmaceutical Grade Testosterone Propionate for Sale
Getting hold of pharmaceutical grade Testosterone Propionate means you’re getting the highest quality and most pure form available.
These products are manufactured in regulated, approved pharmaceutical facilities in various countries where high standards of quality and safety must legally be followed, because the steroids are being manufactured for medical use.
In the US Testosterone Propionate has been discontinued for pharmaceutical manufacturing and you won’t find any US manufactured products available, even though this steroid is still technically approved for use by the FDA.
The only way to get pharmaceutical grade Testosterone Propionate in the US at the moment is through a compounding pharmacy, if you’re able to find one.
Just how widespread counterfeit pharmaceutical versions of Testosterone Propionate exist around the world is not known. There is a regular coming and going of different underground manufacturers who put out counterfeit steroids but overall Testosterone Propionate is one of the lesser counterfeited steroids, largely thanks to its pharmaceutical availability in many countries.
Testosterone Propionate has been and still is sold under a range of different product names. Some of these include Testoviron, Oreton and Andronate.
Underground Lab Testosterone Propionate for Sale
Buying Testosterone Propionate from any underground lab means you will never be totally certain about the quality and purity of the steroid.
Pharmaceutical grade Testosterone Propionate is the first choice for obvious reasons, but for anyone who’s unable to get hold of genuine or generic Testosterone Propionate in pharmaceutical grade, an underground lab might be the only available alternative.
These labs operate without any form of approval or regulation, and there are no safety standards, inspections or any other form or authorization and quality control that’s so critical in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
An underground lab can range from very large almost professional facilities, right down to someone operating out of their own kitchen. So too can the quality of Testosterone Propionate and any other steroids being sold by these labs vary wildly and issues of under dosing or contamination are real possibilities.
The cost of underground lab sourced Testosterone Propionate is often not much less than that of pharmaceutical grade, so it is usually a matter of availability that will make your choice rather than the pricing.
Although it will depend on your sources, the origin of manufacture and where you live (as well as the method used to purchase) you will often find that Testosterone Propionate does end up costing more per cycle compared with other very popular testosterone esters like Testosterone Enanthate and Testosterone Cypionate, both of which are slower release esters often favored by bodybuilders.
The main options for where to purchase from are through online pharmacies or other online suppliers (where you won’t necessarily be getting a genuine product), and through in person purchasing via contacts you might have locally.
These people will usually have bought larger quantities of Testosterone Propionate to sell, and will almost certainly add their own “fee” on to the final price being offered to you.
This can result in paying more, but gives you the benefit of not having to search online suppliers or worry about getting the steroids shipped to you and the associated legal concerns.
If you’re buying vials of just 1ml of the standard 100mg/ml concentration both underground lab and pharmaceutical grade sources can range from $10 to $15 per vial. You can see how quickly the costs of a full Testosterone Propionate can add up at these prices.
When you’re buying in bulk the costs can be much less, but you will of course be required to purchase a higher quantity. In these cases costs can be reduced to $8 per 1ml vial, which while appearing to be a minimal saving does result in a substantially lower total cost to an 8 week or longer cycle.
Legality of Testosterone Propionate
Laws surrounding the use of anabolic steroids including Testosterone Propionate can vary wildly in different parts of the world. But when it comes to international sporting competitions, all steroids are prohibited. That includes everything from the Olympics down to smaller bodybuilding or weight lifting competitions.
The United States has some of the most restrictive laws around the purchase, supply and use of anabolic steroids. It’s not legal to use, sell, manufacture or possess any steroid in the United States. You run the risk of serious legal consequences if caught.
In other countries there is some more leniency, and even places like the UK and Canada generally allow personal possession and use of steroids like Testosterone Propionate. But you may run into issues when it comes to purchasing so it’s very important to be up to date with your local laws.
Some bodybuilders will even choose to travel to countries where steroids are either legal or just easy to purchase, and complete their cycles there, before returning home.
In countries such as Colombia, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, steroids including Testosterone Propionate can be legally bought without a prescription.
Mexico is the most common location that Americans will look to for purchasing Testosterone Propionate.
There steroids should only be sold with a prescription but this is often not the case and pharmaceutical Testosterone Propionate is generally easily acquired in Mexico. However bringing these steroids back home with you over the border, or having them smuggled through to the United States is not legal.
Stacking Testosterone Propionate
Testosterone Propionate is a steroid that you can confidently stack with any other steroid, including both oral and injectables.
Oral steroids that are frequently stacked with Testosterone Propionate are Winstrol and Anavar for cutting cycles. Masteron and Primobolan are also frequently used.
Testosterone is a powerful anti-catabolic muscle preserver in cutting cycles, but can also contribute to fat burning alongside these specialist cutting steroids.
Testosterone Propionate will be regularly used in off season bulking cycles. The choices for stacking here are numerous and once you’re comfortable using testosterone on its own, you can start experimenting with these powerful stacks.
The main steroids you might consider stacking with Testosterone Propionate for bulking and weight gain are:
It’s critical to be aware of the additional, and sometimes very harsh extra side effects that will be introduced through the use of these additional steroids.
How long does it take Testosterone Propionate to peak?
The exact time Testosterone Propionate takes to peak will vary between people but it’s estimated to be around the 12 hour mark after your injection. To maintain a stable level of the steroid most Testosterone Propionate will want to inject it once every two days.
What’s the difference between Testosterone propionate and cypionate?
These are two of the same steroid hormones (testosterone) attached to different esters to control the speed of release of testosterone.
Testosterone Propionate is a fast release form, while Testosterone Cypionate takes longer to start working and remains active in the body longer. Both are injectable and will give you the same overall effects and benefits of testosterone.
How much Testosterone Propionate should I inject?
When you’re deciding on the best dosage, consider what your main goals are: to bulk up, to maintain muscle while you’re cutting, or to replace the testosterone being suppressed by other steroids?
It’s best to inject every other day, so for testosterone replacement a 50mg per injection dose is ideal, but for true anabolic effects for muscle gains a dose of 600mg per week is very effective.
How long does Testosterone Propionate stay in your system?
Testosterone Propionate is a quick release ester of testosterone which means it enters your body quickly after injection, but also has a short duration so it leaves the body quickly because of its short half life of about two days.
So after that time the amount of testosterone starts to decrease quickly, but for drug testing purposes it’s possible for Testosterone Propionate to have a detection time of two or three weeks, even though its effects have long worn off by that time.
Is Testosterone Propionate good for bulking?
Testosterone Propionate is an excellent bulking steroid because testosterone is a powerful anabolic hormone that’s naturally responsible for muscle and strength growth. Higher doses can result in bigger gains; if your diet supports lean muscle growth.
Testosterone Propionate will often be stacked with other bulking steroids for even bigger results, like Deca-Durabolin, Trenbolone or Dianabol.
Is Testosterone Propionate legal?
Different countries have different laws about using and buying Testosterone Propionate and all anabolic steroids.
In the US the laws are very strict and it’s illegal to possess, buy or sell Testosterone Propionate and severe penalties can apply.
In the UK people are allowed to use Testosterone Propionate for personal use only, and personal possession is also legal in Canada.
My Conclusion and Recommendation
Testosterone Propionate is one of the best steroids we can use for lean gains, to preserve muscle if you’re cutting, or just to replace testosterone when using other steroids.
But Testosterone Propionate definitely has its fair share of downsides. The cost, the painful and frequent injections, and of course the well known side effects that we get with all anabolic steroids.
The legal complications and actually buying the steroid are one of the most stressful things about using Testosterone Propionate.
Unless you live somewhere where it’s not an offence to buy, import or use anabolic steroids then you’re constantly looking over your shoulder and worrying about getting caught.
Dealing with underground labs and the black market is also fraught with danger – you never really now what’s in that vial of Testosterone Propionate.
In the past we had few alternative options to steroids like Testosterone Propionate. If you wanted big gains, there was steroids and that’s it. Now we DO have other options and they don’t involve risking your health and risking legal complications.