Steroids are synthetically created drugs derived from ‘testosterone,’ an androgen responsible for body growth, growth of sex organs, maturity, growth of body hair, and deepening of voice. Steroids effects are positive as well as negative. Actually, steroids effects are proportional to usage of steroids; the right usage has positive effects, and steroid abuse or over-dose has negative effects.
Steroids effects are positive when they are rightly used to treat disorders associated with the low secretion of testosterone in body. There are a number of positive steroids effects when they are medically used for purposes, such as bone growth stimulation, appetency, puberty, and muscle development. There are positive steroids effects when they are used in treating chronic wasting diseases, such as AIDS and cancer. Steroids also help in living healthy life in later years of life.
On the other hand, steroids effects are negative when they are abused or over used. Often, steroids are used as performance, stamina, and strength enhancing drugs by bodybuilders, weightlifters, athletes, and other sports persons. Steroids are used by young boys and girls for various cosmetic reasons.
Dr. Gary Wadler, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the NY University School of Medicine, who is currently working for the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA), says, “Although there are many types of steroids with varying degrees of anabolic and androgenic properties, it’s the anabolic property of steroids that lures athletes. They take them to primarily increase muscle mass and strength. The reason for that is that the side effects associated for the oral form were discovered to be especially worrisome for the liver. But the injectable steroids aren’t free of side-effects either. There is no free ride and there is a price to be paid with either form.”
Steroid abuse and overdose may have several negative steroids effects on both male & female sexes. Some of the common negative steroids effects include wooziness, early loss of hair, sleeping troubles, nausea, depression, mood changes, joint pain, hallucinations, paranoia, urination problems, yellow fever, stroke, increased risk of heart disease, trembling, high levels of blood pressure, increased chance of injuring muscles and tendons. Some other side effects of steroids may include aggressiveness, depression, anxiety and uncontrolled bouts of anger.
Steroid abuse or over dosage may also have negative steroids effects on reproductive systems. Some of the negative steroids effects on male reproductive systems may include testicular shrinkage, powerlessness, hair loss, sterility, development of breasts or nipples, urinary problems, increased size of prostate gland and reduced sperm count. Some of the negative steroids effects on female reproductive systems may include development of male features, increased facial hair growth, breast shrinkage and increased size of the clitoris.