Anabolic steroids were first developed in then1930’s and in the years since have been used and abused by both men and women in an attempt to be stronger, faster and more muscular. Scientists have been aware of many of the side effects from short term use of anabolic steroids but now have been able to also define the effects of long term steroid use. As the population of steroid users ages and develop health issues the medical field is learning more and more about the long term effects of steroid use. Most people don’t think about the long term consequences when they are trying to make a choice but these side effects need to be seriously considered.
The first one I want to mention is probably the deadliest of all and that is HIV. I know, I can just hear you “never happen to me” but when you combine IV drug use, as many of the steroids used are injected with a needle, needle sharing , and the increased sex drive and libido you’ve got a potentially dangerous situation. Teens and young adults that have not yet developed good decision making skills and are highly susceptible to peer pressure are particularly at risk. HIV and AIDS related deaths have been increasing and those that either have that “that happens to other people” attitude or don’t even consider the possibility are the ones most at risk for developing HIV.
Liver failure is another potentially fatal complication. The liver is one of those vital organs that we can’t live without and there are no machines available to do it’s function like dialysis for kidney’s. The only treatment for liver failure is a transplant and people with a history of steroid use rarely make good candidates. People that use steroids over a long period of time develop small blood filled cysts in their liver and though they can fade away after steroid use is stopped they create tumors that do not fade away and sit there quietly in your liver until suddenly one day they burst and you are suddenly hemorrhaging.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormonal substances that behave like testosterone. They help build skeletal muscles (anabolic effect) and develop male characteristics (the androgenic effect). In fact, the exact name for these is anabolic-androgenic steroids. Doctors prescribe these for people with testosterone deficiency or with low red blood cell count. They are also used to treat adolescents experiencing delayed puberty or patients with breast cancer, aside from treating tissue wasting among people AIDS. 1 They must also not be confused with corticosteroids, a cortisone-like steroidal medication that controls inflammation and is used to treat a range of health problems.
Of course, we said there were two testosterone related Winstrol side-effects , the first being testosterone suppression and the second being testicular atrophy. As testosterone is manufactured in the testicles, when production is suppressed the testicles simply atrophy. They do not shrink and disappear; in-fact, in some cases the difference may not be all that noticeable. When we’re speaking of testicular atrophy we’re simply referring to the testicles losing some of their fullness. Once the use of all anabolic steroids has been discontinued and all the hormones are out of your system natural testosterone production will begin again, and your testicles will return to their normal size.