Steroids, also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of the male sex hormone testosterone. Using steroids without medical supervision is not recommended and is illegal in many countries.
Athletes and bodybuilders commonly use them to increase muscle mass and strength, as well as by people looking to improve their physical appearance. However, steroids can have significant and potentially dangerous effects on the body. Let us learn how steroids change your body.
Increased muscle mass and strength
Steroids can cause an increase in muscle mass and strength, often resulting in improved athletic performance.
Steroids can cause acne and other skin problems, such as oily skin.
Steroids can lead to the growth of body and facial hair, as well as hair loss on the scalp.
Deepening of the voice
Steroids can cause the voice to become deeper and may lead to a permanent change in the voice.
Steroids can cause mood swings, including increased feelings of aggression or “roid rage.”
Kidneys and liver problems
prolonged use of steroids can damage the kidneys and liver.
Steroids can increase cholesterol levels and lead to the development of heart disease.
In men, steroids can shrink the testicles, decrease sperm count, and lead to impotence. In women, steroids can cause irregular menstrual cycles and enlargement of the clitoris.
Mental health issues
Prolonged use of steroids can cause mood swings, and depression and may lead to addiction.
Steroids can disrupt the natural balance of hormones in the body, leading to a wide range of side effects.
It’s worth mentioning that these effects vary based on the type, dose, duration of use, and the individual’s response. Moreover, there are other ways to achieve fitness goals such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper rest which can be more effective and safer for your body in the long run.