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What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are chemicals that mimic the production of natural hormones. Originally these drugs were used as a safe way to treat hormone imbalances, and muscle loss that occurred in patients with HIV. Anabolic steroids act very similar to the natural testosterone that is responsible for both male and female sexual development. In men testosterone is responsible for deepening the voice, building muscle and maturing of the sexual organs. This medicine was developed to treat those who had testosterone deficiencies. People have since found ways to market these steroids illegal and are selling them to athletes to help boost muscle tone and speed. These steroids can make them faster,stronger and give them the competitive edge. However the side effects that can arise from using steroids such as this are far greater than the benefits. Read below where Experts have answered questions regarding the use of anabolic steroids.

Are the side effects of anabolic steroids gender specific?

There are many side effects both men and women can experience from using anabolic steroids. However many of these side effect can effect each gender differently. Below is a list of side effects for each gender.

Male side effects:

  • Painful urination
  • Testicle shrinkage
  • Impotency
  • Sterility
  • Several female characteristics such as appearing to develop female breasts.

Female side effects:

  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Shrinking of the breasts
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Increased facial hair
  • Acne
  • Balding
  • Increased irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Stunting of growth

The use of anabolic steroids for either gender can cause cardiac problems, hypertension and many other serious side effects.

Is it safe to use a dirty needle to inject anabolic steroids?

In most cases people who use anabolic steroid injections aren’t well versed on clean injection procedures. Many times without even realizing it they are exposing themselves to harmful bacteria. Steroids in particular will help these harmful bacteria grow. How steroids do this is they slow down the body’s immune system which decrease its ability to fight infection. So when infection is introduced by the use of a dirty needle there is very little immunity to fight it which allows it to grow. This can lead to a very serious and even fatal condition called Endocarditis. This is an infection that happens when bacteria grows on the walls of the heart.

Are anabolic steroids used to treat HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) as well as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) both are known for causing a loss of muscle tone (muscle wasting). The uses of anabolic steroids have been used to treat this muscle wastage. However this is a method of treatment that should only performed by medical staff. Because using this steroid improperly can also be a cause of these deficiencies. This is because if injecting anabolic steroids with dirty needles either by sharing or unclean methods.

Should anabolic steroids be used to build muscle?

It is not advised to take steroid for any reason other than if they are prescribed by a physician. While these steroids do possess the ability to help build muscle some very serious risks may also occur. Below is a list of these side effects.

  • Acne
  • Balding
  • Gynecomastia – growth of female breasts
  • Testicle shrinkage
  • Prostate problems
  • Abnormal liver function

Can anabolic steroids cause men to get breasts?

Anabolic steroids have been known to cause a condition that is called Gynecomastia. This is a condition that causes men to grow female breasts. Basically this is when the steroids have caused excess estrogen in the body. The estrogen starts to deposits in the pictorial area (the chest) which leads to the formation of female looking breasts. This process will often stop as soon as the steroids are no longer taken. At times anti-estrogen medication is needed. In more extreme cases surgery may be required as well. I experiencing such changes stop taking the anabolic steroids and speak to a doctor right away.

Anabolic steroids have been safely used to help prevent muscle wastage in HIV patients as well as for treatment of testosterone deficiencies. There is growing trend of athletes yearning to be bigger, faster and stronger. Because anabolic steroids can provide these benefits more and more athletes have started using them for this purpose. Many people who use these steroids are unaware of the side effects they can cause. When questions arise regarding the use of anabolic steroids, turn to the Experts that can answer these questions and more.

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