Anabolic androgenic steroids; if you can think of a topic more controversial it's more than likely one of a horrific nature as anabolic androgenic steroids are the epitome of controversy. The controversy that surrounds these hormonal substances is one that rest on strong emotional opinions; in-fact, they're often of a hysterical nature. There's nothing wrong with having an opinion, and there's nothing wrong with an opinion having an emotional tie attached; however, when it begins to distort the truth this is a problem. While controversial indeed, the brunt of the controversy rest on a massive misunderstanding and a plethora of misinformation, and to make matters worse, so many take such information and hold it as truth with no questions asked. If we told you, we were sky experts and that the sky was about to fall, would you take our word on it just because we're experts, and would you take it without any proof being offered to support the statement? Of course you wouldn't, but when it comes to anabolic androgenic steroids this is exactly what happens each and every day.
The number one reason controversy exist among most in society rest on the fact most have no idea what anabolic androgenic steroids really are; as far as they know, these are substances made in a lab by some dark wizard or Dr. Frankenstein himself. This is the perception most have, and even though they're regularly used in medical treatment, because of their direct tie to performance enhancement most are petrified beyond belief. Let's be clear, when it comes to anabolic androgenic steroids themselves there is nothing to fear; these are not substances created by a dark lord of the underworld. Anabolic androgenic steroids are nothing more than hormones; synthetic hormones identical to the hormones you already naturally produce. Based on the primary male sex hormone testosterone, anabolic androgenic steroids are not foreign substances to the human body, and once administered the body does not distinguish from them in a significant manner compared to the same hormones you naturally produce. Make no mistake, these are tremendously powerful hormones, and if supplementation is going to be practiced there must be a respect for the hormones you're using; yes, we use the word supplementation for a reason, and we'll explain later on. Beyond this lacking alien nature, there are other facts that are often left out of the discussion; basic facts that when ignored make such discussions meaningless. First and foremost, no one has ever died from the use of anabolic steroids; in nearly 100 years of supplementation there has yet to be a single recorded death directly linked to anabolic androgenic steroids. Of course, there have been those who've died with steroids in their system, but this doesn't mean that's what killed them any more than the glass of water they drank the day before. Further, while there have been people who have died from unsanitary injection practices, or from purchasing anabolic steroids from unsavory suppliers who do not manufacture clean products this does not mean it was the fault of the anabolic steroids. Moreover, whether you love or hate them, you produce these hormones and essentially so; if you didn't you would not exist as you do today.
It is extremely common for anabolic androgenic steroids to be discussed in the same manner as recreational drugs, and this is beyond ridiculous for numerous reasons. First and foremost, anabolic androgenic steroids present no physical or mental risk in-regards to your health in any similar fashion; further, they do not possess any physical or mental addicting properties. Further, when you use recreational drugs, you are adding to your body a foreign substance, but with anabolic steroids you are simply adding more of what you already have. When we use anabolic steroids, and this applies to medical use as well as performance we are merely increasing the amounts of a particular hormone in our body; we are supplementing what we already have. You may feel like we're splitting hairs with this supplementation distinction, and while you're entitled to your opinion this distinction is abundantly important. When we use a word like "Supplement" this gives meaning to what's actually going on, and provides a necessary distinction between recreational drugs and anabolic androgenic steroids as such substances share nothing in common.
Anabolic androgenic steroids can present innumerable benefits, and they can present an element of risk and to imply otherwise would be irresponsible. As for the benefits, these can vary depending on the steroids you're supplementing with, but in a general sense there are ten primary traits anabolic androgenic steroids can provide. The level of power a steroid carries will determine how great such traits it possesses are displayed, and will further determine how many of it holds; such traits include:
While those are some tremendous benefits, anabolic androgenic steroids are not without possible problems, and if we are to supplement they must be treated with respect. In many therapeutic cases, especially those of a hormone replacement nature, problems are rarely a concern; after all, in such cases you're merely replacing what you're now lacking. When we move into the realm of performance enhancement, this is when possible problems may occur, and the word "possible" is extremely important to recognize. In such cases, we are providing more of a specific hormone than our body can manufacture on its own, and how much we can tolerate can vary tremendously in some cases from man to man. Even so, there often appears to be standard dosing ranges with each steroid that are very well-tolerated by most healthy adult men; in-fact, most healthy adult men can supplement for the purpose of performance enhancement with performance level doses problem free if they do so in an educated and responsible manner. This should tell you two very important things; you need to be in a state of good health before you supplement for the purpose of performance, and with equal importance, you must understand the hormones you're going to use before you administer them to your body. If you can do this and are in a healthy state, especially a healthy adult male the odds of incurring any problems are extremely unlikely. It must be noted; children should for no reason supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids; the large influx of hormones can be tremendously damaging to their developing androgen systems. As for women, healthy adult women can supplement safely; however, they will be far more sensitive than men, far more limited in the steroids they can tolerate, and must exercise extreme caution. In any case, the side-effects of anabolic androgenic steroid use include the following, but it must also be noted; these are the general side-effects, various steroids will carry certain ones from the list while others will carry other side-effects from the list:
Acne: commonly due to DHT based steroids but can occur with any – generally will only occur in those who are genetically sensitive to acne – combatable by keeping your skin clean and ensuring your product is pure – can be very dose dependent Anxiety: only specific steroids – not a concern with most steroids – based on individual response
Body-Hair Growth: females only – caused by the virilizing nature of anabolic steroids – avoidable in most cases with steroids that carry low virilization ratings such as Anavar – reversible if use of all steroids is discontinued at the onset of symptoms – will not occur in most women if mild steroids are used at very low doses – caution should be applied
Clitoral Enlargement: females only – caused by the virilizing nature of anabolic steroids – avoidable in most cases with steroids that carry low virilization ratings such as Anavar – reversible if use of all steroids is discontinued at the onset of symptoms – will not occur in most women if mild steroids are used at very low doses – caution should be applied
Deepening of the Vocal Chords: females only – caused by the virilizing nature of anabolic steroids – avoidable in most cases with steroids that carry low virilization ratings such as Anavar – reversible if use of all steroids is discontinued at the onset of symptoms – will not occur in most women if mild steroids are used at very low doses – caution should be applied
Gynecomastia: commonly a concern with aromatizing steroids – can also be caused by non-aromatizing steroids that carry a progestin nature in men who are sensitive to the condition – very avoidable with the use of an aromatase inhibitor and responsible doses Hair-Loss: 100% genetically dependent – most commonly caused by DHT based steroids – will only present a risk to men predisposed to male-pattern baldness – will not affect men who are not predisposed – if you are predisposed you can combat this with Finasteride, but it can cause a hormonal imbalance and caution should be applied
High Blood Pressure: often combatable with the use of aromatase inhibitors when caused by steroids that aromatize – very combatable when your lifestyle promotes healthy levels – you should not supplement if you already have high blood pressure
High LDL Cholesterol: often combatable with the use of aromatase inhibitors when caused by steroids that aromatize – very combatable when your lifestyle promotes healthy levels – you should not supplement if you already have high cholesterol
Insomnia: only specific steroids – not a concern with most steroids – based on individual response – can be very dose dependent
Liver Toxicity: caused by C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) steroids – most oral steroids are C17-aa while most injectable steroids are not – injectable Winstrol is an exception – completely avoidable by avoiding C17-aa anabolic steroids – can remain safe with supplementation of C17-aa steroids by avoiding alcohol consumption and over the counter medications during supplementation assuming your liver was healthy to begin with – to remain safe, most C17-aa steroids should never be used for more than 6 weeks – very hepatotoxic steroids should not be used for more than 4 weeks
Low HDL Cholesterol: extremely combatable with a healthy diet – omega fatty acids should always be included in a diet that is accompanied by anabolic steroidal supplementation
Night Sweats: only specific steroids – not a concern with most steroids – based on individual response – can be very dose dependent
Rapid Heart Rate: only specific steroids – not a concern with most steroids – based on individual response – can be very dose dependent
Testicular Atrophy/Testosterone Suppression: the use of anabolic androgenic steroids suppresses natural testosterone production – as natural production is suppressed the testicles will atrophy – suppression varies from steroid to steroid but will occur – once all use id discontinued natural testosterone production will begin again and the testicles will return to their normal size – due to this effect, most men will need to supplement with exogenous testosterone each time they supplement with anabolic steroids – for many, testosterone can be the only steroid they use
Water Retention: commonly caused by aromatizing steroids – combatable with the use of an aromatase inhibitor – reasonable doses can further aid in prevention – ensuring your diet is not overly abundant in carbohydrates will help tremendously