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With that said, some women do experience side effects when they simply go off steroids after a long cycle. This is because Anavar is, in fact, a hormone, and any kind of hormone fluctuation in the female body can lead to unwanted effects. These may include things like hot flashes or mood swings – things women may experience during menopause as their hormones begin to decrease. Fortunately, even though PCT isn’t necessary, it is possible to avoid most of these side effects with a tapering dose at the end of the cycle. The chart below shows an example of a tapering 10-week cycle.