Drug Enforcement Administration. Anabolic Steroids: Hidden Dangers.
Steroid use among young adults, when their body is still developing, can have dangerous and potentially permanent effects. Males may experience loss of function or shrunken testicles, develop breasts and lose hair. For females, it can create menstrual irregularities, may cause excessive body and facial hair, decrease breast size and leave the user with a deepened voice. Steroids can also cause irritability, hostile and aggressive behavior, and severe acne.
Steroids are a class of drugs used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Anabolic steroids, made of synthetic substances, are designed to imitate the hormone testosterone. They have a high potential for abuse, and only a very small number are approved for human and animal use in the U.S.; when prescribed by a doctor and used according to instructions. Abusing steroids as a short-cut to building muscle or improving athletic performance has dangerous side effects and legal penalties.
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Steroid users are vulnerable to both physical and psychological side effects, many of which are irreversible in women. But the effects are not just superficial. Abusing steroids may stunt a users growth, lead to high blood pressure, an increased risk of blood clotting and increases in LDL (bad cholesterol)—all three combined may lead to heart failure.