Anabolic steroids are synthetic copies of testosterone, a prominent male sex hormone. The keyword there is synthetic. In other words, its artificial. It isnt real. They were primarily for use in treating patients of AIDS and anemia, who were suffering from extreme muscle loss. The treatment is referred to as hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, and this helps individuals get more of the hormone that their bodies arent able to make enough of naturally. Doctors never prescribe anabolic drugs to anyone who doesnt need them to build muscle.
Bodybuilders have garnered a bad reputation for being steroid abusers. Steroids can be transmitted as pills or intramuscular injections, for the most part. For bodybuilders who abuse steroids, they can get more muscle faster than normal. As it increases muscle mass, it also serves as a diuretic, flushing out excess water and giving the bodybuilder a more defined, ripped look.
There are some severe consequences of steroid use, aside from the obvious legal consequences if you are caught possessing or using them. Some major side effects of steroids include cancer, an increase in bad cholesterol, liver tumor, jaundice, high blood pressure, stroke, acne, baldness, enlargement of the breast, shrunken testicles, low sperm count, infertility, heart attack, headache, nose bleed, altered thyroid function, and an increased likelihood of contracting HIV or hepatitis from sharing infected needles.
Thats not all, though. There are psychological effects like sudden fits of rage, mood swings, depression, hyperactivity, and brain damage. There are further physical side effects like weight gain/loss, insulin insensitivity, increased body hair, water retention or dehydration, nausea, anaphylactic shock, chills, bone pain, hives, depressed immune system, sore tongue, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, thinning of hair, constipation, abdominal pain, edema, and more.
One other issue to note is that what you get might not be pure. If you get impure steroids, there is no telling what else is in there that can cause problems. No one out there regulates street steroids, and there are people who die from steroids, whether contaminated and not. These are some of the many reasons why you shouldnt take steroids. At the most basic level, you are severely messing with your hormonal balance and undermining your entire bodily functions, so the number of symptoms you could suffer from is just as varied as all the bodily functions affected by your hormones.