If you’re new to the subject, it may surprise you to know that steroids are naturally occurring chemical compounds which are found in all humans and animals. They come in a wide range of different types and have an important impact upon the metabolism of the body and the creation of vitamins and other essential elements.
Anabolic steroids, on the other hand, are synthetic drugs produced in a laboratory from the male hormone testosterone. Although a prescription-only drug, they are often popular among athletes, bodybuilders and sportspeople for the performance-enhancing and muscle-building benefits they can bestow. There is no penalty for personal possession of steroids, but they are an illegal Class C substance.
Can steroids be taken safely?
The answer to this question may very well depend upon who you talk to. It’s undeniable that steroids have been used in a medical capacity for decades, and in a (less official) performance-enhancing one for almost as long. It’s likely that many athletes and bodybuilders will swear by them and profess not to have experienced any deleterious side effects.
However, not all steroids are created equal, and furthermore they don’t affect everyone equally. There are over 100 different kinds of the drug, each with its own properties, effects and side effects. Due to the illegality of purchasing steroids, it can often be difficult to know exactly what the substance is, which can lead to a whole host of health complications and potential nightmare scenarios.
Potential side effects of steroids
When abused, anabolic steroids can cause baldness, erectile dysfunction, infertility, reduced sperm count, severe acne, shrunken testicles and excruciating stomach pain in men. In women, they can cause masculine symptoms such as a deepening of the voice, growth of facial and body hair and loss of breasts, as well as menstruation problems and a swelling of the clitoris.
They can also bring about several psychological effects, such as aggressive behaviour, delusions, hallucinations and mood swings. Perhaps most concerningly of all, they have been linked to blood clots, fluid retention, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and liver damage, including tumours of the liver. They are also associated with a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke or contracting prostate cancer.
Always seek professional help
While the safest way to avoid the harmful side-effects of anabolic steroids is to steer clear of them altogether, there are those who incorporate them successfully into an exercise regimen. If you are considering taking steroids for reasons of weight or muscle gain, it’s imperative that you seek professional help before beginning to make sure you know what you’re taking, how best to manage it and whether or not your body is showing any unwanted signs of side-effects.
At Harley Street MD, we respect the choice of the individual and prioritise offering safe, effective and non-judgmental treatment. We are fully versed in the ramifications of taking anabolic steroids and offer a wide range of blood test profiles to suit every situation, allowing you comprehensive knowledge of your body’s reaction to the drugs and minimising any associated risks. For a 30-minute consultation, or to arrange a more in-depth health profile at our completely confidential clinic, get in touch with us today.