Those who are passionate about bodybuilding and take steroids as a supplement may face several side effects including increment in androgen. Nolvadex is used as a preventive measure against unnatural enlargements of the breasts in males.
You may have been using various steroids to help you achieve the desired physique. While consuming these steroids you can experience an unusual increment in the growth of breast glands. These steroids that you have been taking for a long time now can easily bond with the estrogen present in your body and increase the estrogen level to a high extent and result in a significant feminine growth in your chest. Increment in the estrogen level caused by steroids may lead to feminine symptoms in males.
Steroids contain a high level of estrogen stimulating certain cells which help in the growth of the breast glands in both men and women since the human body has a large number of estrogen receptors at these glands.
Unlike other steroids, Nolvadex does not have any direct fat-burning and muscle enhancing effects on the body of the user.
However, it contributes in keeping the estrogen to the lowest possible levels due to its anti-estrogen effects. Nolvadex has been utilized successfully as a preventive medicine by those who have an extremely high susceptibility for the unusual development of breasts especially in males. Those who have been a regular user of muscle enhancing steroids may have developed exceptionally huge breasts as a result of side effects by one of these steroids.
How Nolvadex Works
Nolvadex is basically an estrogen antagonist. The main functions of Nolvadex are blocking hormone receptors, stopping the production of certain hormone and substituting chemically similar agents for the active hormone that can be used to develop unusual feminine breasts in males. As an anti estrogen, Nolvadex binds to estrogen receptor site on breast augmenting cells and blocks estrogen from going into these cells. It fights against the steroids and does not allow them to reach estrogen receptors tissues of the body. Binding the estrogen receptors and the breast tissue in order to prevent secretion of estrogen associated with breast development eventually leads to the interference of cell growth.
Nolvadex Therapeutic Uses
The excessive development of the breasts in males is called gynecomastia. Prevention of gynecomastia is associated with nolvadex as it is an estrogen antagonist. Nolvadex can be given as an adjuvant therapy to women or men after a successful surgery of breast cancer. Nolvadex is most beneficial to those who have cancers with positive estrogen and progesterone receptors. It is prescribed to both women and men in metastatic (cancer that has spread) breast cancer and also reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in the other breast. Women who have completed surgery and radiation therapy for ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) are usually prescribed Nolvadex in order to diminish the risk of invasive breast cancer.
Side Effects of Nolvadex
Common side effects encountered by people receiving Nolvadex are hot flashes, nausea, anxiety, depression and swelling (fluid retention in feet, ankles, or hands). It may sometimes lead to blurred vision, numbness, mood swings, unusual tiredness and some skin infection may also occur.
Women using Nolvadex may face irregular menstrual cycles. More serious side effects of Nolvadex is clotting of blood, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus. If you develop sudden pain in chest along with shortness of breath, you should immediately seek emergency medical care.