More and more young men these days are using anabolic steroids to gain a competitive edge or become “bulked up.” Anabolic steroids are substances that act like testosterone in the body. Taking the doses commonly used by athletes is like flooding the body with extra testosterone, which cripples your natural testosterone production and fertility. Two common side effects are smaller, softer testicles and infertility.
Some athletes take steroids in six to 12-week cycles to supposedly “give their bodies time to recover.” Unfortunately, it actually takes between six months and a year for sperm and testosterone production to return to normal after a course of steroid use. Anabolic steroids are simply bad for fertility and, ultimately, bad for your overall health. (Note that corticosteroid medications such as prednisone and cortisone, which are used to relieve itching, rashes, allergic reactions, and other medical conditions are not the same as anabolic steroids and have no effect on either fertility or sexuality.)
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