Anabolic androgenic steroids are not foreign substances to the body; they share nothing in common with prescription or even recreational drugs. Anabolic steroids are hormones, and they are all hormones based on the primary naturally produced androgen testosterone with the androgen dihydrotestosterone also playing an important role; they are merely synthetic versions. For example, when we supplement with the primary anabolic steroid testosterone, while we are providing testosterone in exogenous fashion our body does not make any distinguishing difference in exogenous testosterone and naturally produced; it’s simply testosterone. If this is the case, and we assure you it is, it raises another important question; why supplement with anabolic steroids?
There are two primary reasons for anabolic steroid use; therapeutic treatment and performance enhancement. With therapeutic treatment, there are two primary courses of action; your body is lacking a particular hormone and more must be applied to meet its needs, or excess amounts must be provided to remedy a specific condition. Then we have performance enhancement, and in this case, once again the idea is to add excess amounts of specific hormones so that the effects of steroids will yield results at a greater degree akin to such a hormone. In many ways, there’s some strong overlapping as it pertains to therapeutic treatment and performance enhancement; the largest difference rest in the total doses.
When it comes to therapeutic treatment there are 12 common possible reasons for supplementation, and each one is listed below. With some of these, you will begin to easily see how the effects of steroids can enhance performance; after all, as stated there are some strong overlapping factors. At any rate, the effects of steroids as it pertains to therapeutic treatment largely revolve around the following:
This takes care of the therapeutic needs, but what about performance enhancement? By now, you should already be able to see how the effects of steroids might enhance performance, but we want to delve in deeper; specifically, we want to look at the primary traits associated with supraphysiological doses. All in all, there are ten primary effects of anabolic androgenic steroids most performance enhancers are concerned with; they are not the only traits, but they are primary. Each and every last anabolic steroid will carry a number of these traits; some will carry more than others, and when it carries a trait each one will carry it at a varying level of power. In many ways, it is the precise combination of traits and the level of power a steroid carries each one that distinguishes one from the next, and there can be quite a few variances. In any case, the primary effects of steroids as it pertains to performance enhancement include:
While the above represents the positive, there are negative effects of steroids we must be aware of; specifically, possible adverse side-effects. As with anything we put into our body, steroids, non-steroidal substances and even many foods and vitamins there are adverse risks, but thankfully when it comes to anabolic androgenic steroids such risks largely fall into the realm of possible and not guaranteed. Of course, factors revolving around an individual’s genetic response, total dosing and genetic predispositions will all play a role, but when it comes to the negative effects of steroids most problems can be avoided when supplementation is undertaken by a healthy adult and in a responsible manner. We have listed all the possible negative effects of steroids below; all in all there are 10 effects of note; some will carry multiple effects within. Each one is listed along with the cause and prevention, and with such information the negative effects of steroids can be avoided. It must be noted; in-order to avoid such negative effects, supplementation should not be undertaken if you suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prostate issues or liver damage. Further, this is all assuming you’re a healthy adult; anabolic steroid use and adolescents simply do not mix due to the androgen damage possibility that is virtually assured unless for the specific case of therapeutic treatment as discussed above.
The above represents the primary adverse or negative effects of steroids; however, there are a few more we must mention. While rare, some may fall prey to anxiety, insomnia, night sweats and rapid heart rate; there are only a few anabolic steroids that can cause such effects; most notably Trenbolone. If such effects occur and you’re supplementing responsibly, this will more than likely mean that particular steroid is not for you.
For an easy point of reference, we have provided two charts below detailing the effects of steroids. We have listed the most common and popular anabolic steroids by their actual compound name and most popular trade name where such applies. While there are other steroids not mentioned, such steroids are extremely rare and will not be used by most individuals or even be available to them. Within the first chart, we have provided the score each steroid holds in-regards to muscle mass promotion, strength promotion, and cutting effect. The three categories are all measured on a scale of one to ten (1-10); it should be noted, just because a steroid has a lower score does not mean it’s worthless; it simply means other steroids perform the specific action with a higher score. Further, in the second chart, each steroid is also listed in accordance to classification; testosterone or dihydrotestosterone based, 19-nortestosterone, and labeled by its aromatizing or progestin nature as well as hepatotoxicity; this will guide you along as it pertains to side-effects by referencing the negative effects of steroids discussion above. For our female friends, we have also included virilization scores; this time with a high, moderate to low ranking. In the second chart, each steroid is simply listed by its most commonly used name.
Non-aromatizing yet strongly estrogenic – strong hepatotoxicity
Non-aromatizing – low hepatotoxicity
Low aromatase – strong progestin – no hepatotoxicity
Strong aromatase – moderately high hepatotoxicity
Low aromatase – no hepatotoxicity
Non-aromatizing – Extremely strong hepatotoxicity
Non-aromatizing – no hepatotoxicity
Strong aromatase – no hepatotoxicity
Non-aromatizing – moderate hepatotoxicity
Non-aromatizing – strong hepatotoxicity