As a beginner, you may ask yourself what in fact is a steroid cycle. In short, it refers to a period of time in which an individual use anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) for improving physical appearance, whether this is building up muscle mass, increasing strength or burning fat. Each cycle lasts between 4 weeks (in the case of oral steroid cycles) and up to 14 weeks (injectable steroid plus an oral). But there are other factors that influence a cycle length too, such as user experience - beginner, intermediate or advanced user - and goals that are wanted to be reached.
Gone are the days where you could go to a doctor and get a script to buy steroids from a pharmacy, due to steroids being abused by athletes and bodybuilders they are now illegal. The only way to buy steroids now is on the black market, either from a dealer or from an online source. When steroids were legal and were purchased from a pharmacy, the only steroids you could get were pharmaceutical grade which were extremely high quality and worked far better than the “underground” stuff. Today pharmaceutical steroids are harder to get hold of and cost a lot more, for this reason many people opt for black market steroids which usually are lower quality and can cause infections due to them being produced in an non-sterile environment. Only injectable steroids need to cause concern when purchased from an underground lab, oral steroids don’t need to be produced in a sterile environment.