Steroids and Men’s Health
Androgenic anabolic steroids are commonly used drugs to improve muscle strength and mass as well as athletic performance. Most people who use anabolic steroids are recreational athletes and many of them are teenagers. This phenomenon has spread to ordinary amateur athletes, including those who go to the gym “for themselves”.
When using steroids, an attempt is made to achieve the maximum anabolic effect (muscle building effect) and to minimize the androgenic effect responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. The ratio of anabolic and androgenic effects of testosterone is 1:1. With other anabolic steroids used, this ratio varies and can exceed 30. Steroids can be modified in a variety of ways to achieve a specific effect, and not all drugs aim to build large muscle mass.
The side effect of the androgenic effect of the drug depends on the dose and duration of use. Other hormonal drugs are usually used to achieve the maximum desired effect and avoid side effects. The androgen-estrogen balance in the tissues is unstable, which is why other drugs try to avoid side effects. Websites that sell anabolic steroids usually offer kits that contain drugs to treat the side effects of those steroids, along with androgenic steroids. These drugs also have a slightly negative effect on health.
Androgenic anabolic steroids also significantly affect the activity of the gonads, they stop the production of androgens and sperm in the testicles. These effects vary from person to person and cannot be predicted.
The effect of steroids on sexual desire
Sexual desire (or libido) is primarily controlled by testosterone. Anabolic steroids can lead to increased sexual desire. Increased sexual desire can be a problem, as high doses of androgens can also increase the likelihood of violent crime.
A common problem is the situation that arises after taking steroids, when the body stops producing testosterone for a long time. This is well known to anyone who takes steroids. At the same time, circulating levels of testosterone are insufficient to maintain normal libido, so such hormonal imbalances can lead to a loss of sexual desire. In addition, low testosterone is associated with a range of symptoms and other health risks.
A very sharp drop in testosterone levels can also lead to erectile dysfunction and mental disorders. For example, a significant deterioration in weightlifting performance may be associated with an increased risk of a new androgenic cycle.