Winstrol is one of the few anabolic steroids that can be used safely by women; however, caution is advised. This is a steroid that carries a much lower virilization rating than most steroids; even so, the side-effects of Winstrol can include virilization which refers to the promotion of masculine like characteristics in women. Your genetic response to the hormone will play a role, but most women will be fine if they keep the doses low as well as the duration of use short lived. If you surpass responsible time frames or dosing, the odds of virilization will increase, but again, most women will be fine if they hold to responsible levels. In any case, if virilization symptoms begin to show for any reason, you are encouraged to discontinue use immediately. If you discontinue use at the onset of symptoms, they will fade away rapidly; however, if ignored they may very well become a permanent problem.