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Testosterone builds muscle. Men have lots of testosterone, women not so much. So some female bodybuilder got the bright idea of taking testosterone-boosting drugs like men do to act as an equalizer. And while the drugs haven't made drug-using women the equal of drug using men, they have made the women who use them much bigger and more powerful than the average guy on the street.
Female bodybuilders have come a long way from the days of the sleek lines of a Rachel McLish. Today, female bodybuilders get comments like these noted in an ABC News special – "What is that? A man or a woman?" And the consistent use of the drugs do steer a woman toward becoming built more like a man.
That same ABC News Special went on to note "The toll on their bodies can be irreversible, and the subculture can be all-consuming, obsessive and dangerous. . . Many women, mix potentially harmful combinations of insulin, diuretics, human growth hormone, beta blockers, and anti-wasting HIV drugs."
Some results of staying on the anabolic drugs make it difficult for a woman to have a baby, or lose the facial hair they gain. Additionally, many women gain a deep voice that stays with them.
The "freaky" aspect of these women eventually caused a backlash, where the public and many competitive women turned more toward fitness and physique competitions instead of bodybuilding.
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