"Anabolic steroids" is the familiar name for synthetic
substances related to the male sex hormones (androgens). They
promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the
development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects), and
also have some other effects. The term "anabolic steroids" will be
used through-out this report because of its familiarity, although
the proper term for these compounds is "anabolic-androgenic"
Anabolic steroids were developed in the
late 1930s primarily to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the
testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth,
development, and sexual functioning. The primary medical uses of
these compounds are to treat delayed puberty, some types of
impotence, and wasting of the body caused by HIV infection or other
During the 1930s, scientists discovered
that anabolic steroids could facilitate the growth of skeletal
muscle in laboratory animals, which led to use of the compounds
first by bodybuilders and weightlifters and then by athletes in
other sports. Steroid abuse has become so widespread in athletics
that it affects the outcome of sports contests.
More than 100 different
anabolic steroids have been developed, but they require a
prescription to be used legally in the United States. Most steroids
that are used illegally are smuggled in from other countries,
illegally diverted from U.S. pharmacies, or synthesized in
Steroid Pros and Cons
Commonly associated Positive and
Negative side effects of Anabolic Steroid use.
As you can see, the Negatives far out
weigh the Positives. Take a good look and see what you are
willing to risk.