For those who take testosterone as part of their health improvement ritual, choosing between the different types that are available can be a difficult issue. When you consider the similarities between enanthate and cypionate, it may seem at first like a coin flip to select which one will work best for your needs.
The Similarities between Enanthate and Cypionate
There are certainly numerous similarities between each type of testosterone substance. For many, the similarities certainly outweigh the differences.
Testosterone is Testosterone: This rather straightforward statement is true when it comes to enanthate and cypionate. Both are testosterone products and both are very similar in structure.
Slow Acting: Both forms of this testosterone take about 10 days to 2 weeks to ester. For many of those who take testosterone, both choices are seemingly equal because they do have a similar effect on the body.
For men who have been prescribed testosterone to help improve their health, muscle tone and to shed some pounds as well, the differences between these two versions will make for an important choice.
The Differences between Enanthate and Cypionate
Although very similar in many ways, there are some notable differences between these two substances that you will want to consider. However, there is an important geographical choice as enanthate is widely available around the world why cypionate is not very available outside the US.
Bodybuilder Statements: While anecdotal in nature and not as of yet officially verifiable, more bodybuilders prefer cypionate because it provides a greater “kick”, but it does increase water retention however.
Carbon Ester Chains: Cypionate has 8 of these chains while enanthate has only 7. This more carbon that is present in the ester grouping, the less soluble it is in water, but it is more soluble in oil. What that means is that cypionate has a much longer active lifespan so it can be stored for longer periods of time.
Expense: Most likely due to is lack of availability, cypionate is far more expensive that enanthate. This comes as no surprise and may be one of biggest factors in why more bodybuilders use enanthate in general. Plus, bodybuilders use enanthate much in the same way as anabolic steroids as well.
While both forms have their advantages, many bodybuilders generally prefer enanthate because it avoids have that “bloated” look that comes with additional water retention. In addition, enanthate may be the only choice for many people as it is widely available and far less expensive than cypionate. So, in some ways the choice may be made for you if cypionate is not available in your area.
For those who are looking to shed the pounds and gain a sleeker appearance, enanthate is arguably the better of the two because it does not cause the body to retain water like cypionate. However, for those who want a bigger “kick” from the testosterone to help jump start the body, cypionate is arguably the better of the two.
Taking testosterone substances needs to be done carefully and under supervision so that any signs of overuse or debilitating effects can be handled quickly before any real complications arise.