I'm not sure how different var reacts to male vs. female but having taken var myself, I would recommend getting your BF% down to around at least 12% or lower to notice the real benefits. I was between 15-17% when I ran an 8 week cycle but I was clean bulking to put on mass (I was coming off of surgery and weighed 150 with a high BF% because I wasn't in the gym for over a year). However, 2 of my friends ran the cycle with me and had a much lower BF%. I swear within 3 weeks they had abs. It was ridiculous. I'm not sure how much it differs but I would assume it's similar so maybe get your bf% down. Also, the strength gains from var were amazing as well as recovery. I was able to hit muscles twice a week. Good Luck with cycle.