Anytime you are talking about consuming or injecting yourself with performance-enhancing substances, particularly anabolic steroids, a conversation regarding steroids side effects needs to be had.
To be fair, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding steroid side effects for sure – much of it peddled by a media that doesn’t fully understand (or even care to understand) the realities of these chemical compounds and the way they impact the human body.
At the same time, science and medical researchers have conclusively determined that there are very real steroid side effects you’ll want to be aware of before you take the plunge and begin using these substances yourself.
Let’s take a little deeper into what you need to know about the side effects going forward.
Four Factors Steroid Side Effects Are Always Impacted By
There’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” sort of steroid side effect that you can guarantee you’ll have to contend with should you use these performance-enhancing substances.
That’s because the side effects are always going to be heavily influenced by four different factors that are unique to every individual. This really makes nailing down the potential steroid side effects you may have to contend with a bit more challenging, but it also helps people better understand that they may never have to worry about dealing with the more serious or controversial side effects these compounds can bring to the table.
The four factors are:
• Your individual genetic makeup and any predispositions your biology or biochemical composition may have towards specific side effects when anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing compounds are introduced into your body
• The dosage and overall duration of the steroids that you choose to use, whether or not you decide to mix and match these compounds with others, and whether or not you go through a post cycle therapy protocol
• Your age, your natural ability to aromatize anabolic steroids, and how your hormonal balance (or imbalance) changes depending on the natural aging process
• The specific anabolic steroid or performance-enhancing compound used, the purity of that compound, and the overall properties and capabilities of those substances
All of those four factors have to be considered before you can really dive deeper into the side effects you may have to contend with should you choose to use anabolic steroids going forward.
Highlighting Some of the Steroid Side Effects Men and Women Have Reported
Cardiovascular side effects are pretty common when it comes to anabolic steroid use, though the degree and the severity of how much of a negative impact anabolic steroids have on your entire cardiovascular system from top to bottom is dictated by the type of steroid, the dosage, and the overall duration of use.
Thankfully, the majority of cardiovascular side effects stemming from anabolic steroid usage are also quite short-term and very much reversible. Heart attacks, stroke, and other more serious and life-threatening side effects dealing with your cardiovascular system are very rare – though excessive use (or abuse) of these compounds increase your risk factors significantly.
Heart enlargement is of the steroids side effects individuals will want to be aware of. The heart is a muscle and anaerobic as well as aerobic exercise will activate the androgen receptors in this muscle just like any other major muscle group throughout your body, which means the steroids will flood into your heart, build it up, and (potentially) cause crippling side effects as well.
It’s not at all uncommon for blood pressure to rise when using anabolic steroids, either.
While anabolic steroids themselves are non-toxic to your liver it’s not uncommon for hepatotoxicity issues to be caused by anabolic steroids – particularly oral anabolic steroids. A number of chemical modifications are necessary to increase the world bioavailability of these substances, and these chemical modifications can wreak havoc on the liver.
Skin issues (particularly acne), hair issues (both baldness and hair growth issues), water retention problems, gynecomastia as well as testicular atrophy in men as well as a deepening of the voice and clitoral enlargement in women are just some of the other side effects a want to be aware of should you choose to move forward with these performance-enhancing compounds.