Anabolic Steroids are the kind of hormones that are synthetic and consumed through the course of the bodybuilding journey. The believers of anabolic steroids claim that it helps them enhance their muscle growth and prepare muscular tissues.
The main thing they miss while using anabolic steroids is severe side effects. Its regular usage may cause several harmful side effects. This could also affect overall body function through misuse while consuming it for bodybuilding purposes.
Listed below are some side effects that may affect body functions during consumption.
Anabolic Steroid Side Effects
Short Term Effects
Several anabolic steroids could affect your hair growth. They may also trigger and enhance the levels of an androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Further, it could lead to thinning of your hair follicles. This may cause heavy hair loss in your body. Along with this, it could also obstruct your overall hair growth cycle.
As a result, it may cause balding and you could also experience difficulty in hair regrowth. High DHT levels may affect your appearance by receding the hairline.
Anabolic steroid consumption while muscle building may cause acne. Some of the anabolic steroids such as Sustanon could lead to affect your skin and cause acne.
Acne caused by consuming anabolic steroids is called Steroid acne. This may affect your skin by causing red bumps, blackheads, nodules, etc.
Through the course of your anabolic steroid consumption and high levels of testosterone may cause acne outbreaks. It could take a few months for acne to wither away.
Through the course of the consumption of anabolic steroids, it may affect your gastrointestinal tract. Further, it could cause irritable bowel syndrome.
This may lead to excessive water loss from your body. Resulting in less amount of energy and could affect the body’s functions through the course of its consumption.
Long Term Effects
Through anabolic steroids, you may require enhanced filtration from kidneys that could further help in elevated muscle mass quantity.
The regular consumption of anabolic steroids may cause kidney dysfunction. This could also affect the filtration process and may cause severe stress on the kidneys.
Along with this, it could increase your blood pressure levels. As a result, you may experience severe kidney damage with an additional burden.
The consumption of anabolic steroids may cause issues in liver, a risk that could happen from the high levels of toxicity in the gastrointestinal tract.
This may further affect the enzyme levels in your liver causing hepatoxicity. It could further cause internal injuries and may lead to peliosis hepatis.
As a result, you could experience abdominal pain due to the tumors occurring in the liver. It may also affect your overall bodybuilding journey.
The regular consumption and misuse of anabolic steroids. This may affect your hormone system and could cause severe cancers such as testicular cancer.
Further, it may also affect insulin growth. This could lead to a glucose spike. As a result, cancer cells may enhance and affect the overall body function.
Anabolic Steroid Side Effects In Men
- Reduced Sperm Count
The regular consumption of anabolic steroids may affect your lower abdomen by reducing the testicle size. It could lead to a reduction in sperm production.
The misuse and consuming anabolic steroids for a long time may cause impotence. This could lead to a reduction in sperm count.
- Erectile Dysfunction
Regular consumption and misuse of anabolic steroids may affect the erection process in males. Further, it could lead to Erectile dysfunction.
As a result, you may experience shrinking testicles, and a drastic decrease in your sperm count and sperm production. As a result, this could affect your overall sex drive.
- Breast Development
The consumption of anabolic steroids, in males, may turn fat cells into estrogen. This could further lead to enhancing estrogen levels. As a result, you may experience the development of breast tissues.
This could let grow your breast gland tissues and is called Gynecomastia. It may affect your hormonal balance between estrogen and testosterone levels.
Here is the study review on the same.
It may affect your fertility as well. Its long-term abuse may as well make you infertile. In addition, anabolic steroids could affect the hormonal signals that may be helpful for sperm production.
This could also lead to blocking the passage for the delivery of the sperm. Therefore, it may result in a reduction in sperm function and could also affect your sexual drive.
Further, it may affect your lifestyle choices throughout its consumption while following a muscle-building regimen.
As a result, if you have been consuming Anabolic steroids for a long time and never knew about their side effects, it would be better that you undergo a male fertility test.
Anabolic Steroid Side Effects In Women
- Hair Growth
The issue consumption of anabolic steroids may affect hormonal balances in females by affecting oestrogen levels. This could result in unwanted hair growth throughout your body.
Further, it may also affect your appearance through the course of its consumption while you are following a muscle-building regimen.
- Problem With Periods
Females regularly consuming anabolic steroids may affect the menstrual cycle. This could derange the maturity and release of eggs from ovaries.
It could further cause difficulty in conceiving. Further, this may affect your mental stability and could cause mood swings, stress, depression, etc. Along with this, it may act as a toll on your overall body function.
Increased Sex Drive
The regular consumption of anabolic steroids through the bodybuilding regimen may enhance the sex drive in females. It could trigger masculinity in the female body function.
As a result, this could enhance unwanted hair growth on the face and a reduction in breast size may affect tissue development. Further, this could impact your mental health through the course of its consumption.
- Swelling Of The Clitoris
The regular consumption and misuse of anabolic steroids may affect the lower abdomen in females. This could lead to irreversible enlargement of the clitoris.
Further, it may affect your mental stability throughout your bodybuilding journey. This could also irritate you with unnecessary itching. As a result, you may experience drastic changes in your lifestyle.
It may also enhance the cytokine storm in the lower abdomen which may trigger a powerful effect on female sexual desire and arousal central nervous system.
As I conclude here, you may be aware of the side effects that could affect your overall body function by consuming anabolic steroids through the course of their consumption during your muscle-building journey.
Always consult a medical professional while considering anabolic steroids as your health support substance. This could help you in avoiding misuse through your bodybuilding regimen.
As a result, you may keep yourself away from severely harmful effects that could affect your body function from the consumption of anabolic steroids.
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Michael has been in the male wellness industry for 25+ years. Before joining Working For Health as a full-time male wellness journalist, he contributed to multiple online portals in the male wellness field. Before that, he has been an assistant to several sexologists.