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What are anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids are very different from steroids (corticosteroids) such as prednisone, which is used to treat asthma. Most anabolic androgenic steroids are synthetic products based on the structure of testosterone, the natural male sex hormone responsible for the development of masculine characteristics.

Anabolic means tissue building and muscular development and androgenic means male producing, and is responsible for the development of secondary male sex characteristics such as deepening of the voice and increased body hair.

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Anabolic Steroids
Anabolic Steroids

Synthetic Steroid Methandrostenolone

(C20H28O2)

Athletes, body builders and some young people may use steroids illegally to improve their appearance and athletic performance. Steroids are also used illegally for body modification. When prescribed by a doctor and used according to instructions, steroids can help treat some medical conditions.

Physical effects can include

  • increased LDL chloesterol levels
  • diabetes
  • stunt growth in children and teenagers
  • acne

Effects can depend on...

What steroids do to you depends on how much you use, how often you use, your size and weight, your age and whether you are male or female.

It can also depend on how good your general health is, whether you use steroids with other drugs and if there is a family history of health issues such as blood pressure, kidney problems or liver problems etc.

  • enlarged clitoris (women)
  • bloating
  • jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)
  • baldness
  • shrinking testicles (men)
  • enlargement of the prostate (men)
  • infertility
  • hair growth on face, back and bottom (women)
  • problems with menstrual cycle (women)

How anabolic steroids affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects anabolic steroids places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • depression
  • paranoia and psychosis
  • increased aggression
  • over competitiveness
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • mood changes
  • frustration

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