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9 Misconceptions about Anabolic Steroids

May 10, 2017 Francine Jones 0 Comments

Anabolic steroids are molecules that increase the body’s production of testosterone. In medicine, they stimulate appetite, promote muscle growth, and fight wasting syndromes in cancer and AIDS patients. People who’ve had organ transplants use them to prevent organ rejection.

Here are nine of the common misconceptions about anabolic steroids.

1. Steroids always have terrible side effects.

Not everyone who uses anabolic steroids will have side effects at all. While side effects both psychological (including “roid rage”) and physiological do occur, patients treated with steroids and athletes alike might experience only mild side effects or none at all, as with many other medicines.

2. The steroids that are banned from athletic contests are more dangerous than the ones used in a doctor’s office.

Fact: The anabolic steroids athletes sometimes take to improve their athletic performance are the same anabolic steroids used in medical treatments, and the same ones made naturally in the human body. Athletes who don’t have medical training may not use these steroids properly, and the improper use is more dangerous – but not the actual steroids themselves.

3. If steroids weren’t dangerous, they wouldn’t be banned for athletes.

The use of anabolic steroids to enhance athletic performance is controversial. In the U.S., anabolic steroids weren’t even considered a controlled substance until the late 1980s.

4. Women who take steroids become overly masculine.

Fact: Women can use steroids, including anabolic steroids for enhancing athletic performance, without necessarily experiencing side effects such as deepening of the voice, unwanted hair growth, and clitoral enlargement. Side effects vary by individual, dosage, and type of steroid.

5. Oral steroids will cause liver damage.

While it is true that liver damage is one possible side effect of taking anabolic steroids, including by injection, this is also true of many prescription medications used all the time – not to mention alcohol, which is legal for anyone over 21.

6. Steroids are made by the body anyway, so you can’t get addicted to them.

Although anabolic steroids are technically considered to be non-addictive, those who use them for athletic performance over long periods can show signs of drug dependence and withdrawal from them after they stop taking them.

7. Taking steroids will make you depressed.

Despite some anecdotal evidence of mood disorders, including depressive disorders, being linked to anabolic steroid use, no conclusive evidence shows this is a cause-and-effect relationship. Anabolic steroids may amplify the effects of an already existing mood disorder, but in some people, steroid use has the opposite effect. It actually improves mood.

8. Men and women who take steroids will go bald.

Anabolic steroids do not cause hair loss, although they may speed up hair loss in people who already have a genetic predisposition to lose their hair as they get older.

9. Buying steroids online is safe.

Buyers of online anabolic steroids have little or no way of determining that the drugs they receive are safe or even that they’re getting the drugs they’ve paid for.

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