In the world of professional female bodybuilding, it’s fairly safe to say that the majority of anabolic compounds are in use, including testosterone.
Whilst this is true, there is something very important to consider: the IFBB (International Federation Of Bodybuilding) dropped the “Miss Olympia” category in 2015.
This was seen by many to be the “death knell” for female bodybuilding in general. There are various potential reasons as to why this was, though the “official” statement released by the federation simply stated that there was not enough of an “audience” left for the category.
Masculinisation of Female
What’s the true reason though? It’s likely simply because the competitors failed to look appealing on a mass scale any more. It’s commonly accepted that a serious risk when taking androgenic compounds as a female is the development of a condition known as “man-face.”
This simply involves the masculinisation of female features as a result of introducing exogenous compounds of a “masculine” nature in abundance.
Whilst no one could argue with the aesthetic quality of the female bodies on display at the Olympia competition, it came at great cost. It is fair and rational to state that in many cases, it was actually becoming increasingly difficult to be able to discern the gender of those on stage save for the inclusion of breast implants and feminine hair / make-up.
Whilst it is perfectly acceptable for any human being to manifest themselves however they choose, it is fair to say that many females do not have this image in mind when they get into resistance training / bodybuilding for the first time.
Upon seeing these “finest” examples of female bodybuilders, many women were becoming increasingly worried and put off by competing and performing resistance training in general, in case they too manifested the same appearance. As such, it’s likely that the IFBB deemed the Miss Olympia category to be non conducive in regards to producing a “healthy” and sought after appearance. In short, it simply ceased to be marketable anymore.
The Miss Olympia category arguably (emphasis on arguably) embodies (and it should be noted that this is purely a theoretical thought process, it’s not a fact) everything that can go “wrong” with female steroid use.
It should serve as a reminder to women who wish to use anabolic steroids that some compounds simply shouldn’t be integrated in abundance, if at all. Sustanon comes into the “if at all” category. There is simply no means of being able to sensibly, rationally and safely recommend sustanon use for a female. It’s a product that should probably never appear as part of a female cycle.
Even in small doses, the androgenic risk is still high; no matter how controlled and “protected” that dose is.