Another avenue for females would be sarms. My wife under my supervision/ guidance recently finished 8 weeks of ostarine at 5mg daily.
She ended up basically recomping, the scale didn't move much one way or the other, but she lost some inches on her waist and her muscle tone improved drastically. Her strength went up quite a bit especially with her leg press and leg curls. But on the circuit of machines she uses all weights went up.
As for side effects, none were experienced, other than catching her "going off" a little more than normal. Meaning her aggression levels seemed a little elevated. But that could be a number of factors at play. No menstrual disturbances or problems were experienced, everything was normal.