How does steroid use really affect the female body?

As if you women don’t already have enough going on with your bodies that us men don’t, eh! It’s just not fair.

Other differences between men and women are concerned with how anabolic steroids affect our bodies. Although the drugs are the same, very different things can happen.

Testosterone is the base for many steroids including Sustanon, Dianabol, HGH and Winstrol. Both sexes have testosterone in varying quantities, but males have more. When females take steroids and increase their testosterone levels it can have very pronounced effects.

You would be correct in thinking that some of the below side effects of steroid use can happen to both sexes (like mood and physical changes), but it may be more apparent in female bodybuilders. Let’s take a look.

1: Birth Defects.

Anabolic steroids can cause great damage to an unborn fetus. In some severe cases, it may lead to Adrenal Genital Syndrome, which is the development of male-like genitals on a female fetus. Women should stay away from anabolic steroids for a number of months to ensure normal hormonal balance before trying to get pregnant.

2: Mood.

Mood swings can occur in both men and women during a course of anabolic steroids, but women may suffer from mood swings more than men around the menstruation window due to the other hormonal changes. These mood swings may also be more severe. Those with a history of depression or anxiety would be best to avoid steroids.

3: Physical Changes

Testosterone (the male sex hormone) is the base for many steroid formulations. That said, females may suffer from things like acne, deepening of the voice, an enlarged clitoris and even unwanted hair growth.

4: Menstrual Abnormalities

Fewer periods, a decrease or increase in menstrual flow and irregular periods are some of the potential side effects for women who use steroids. Steroids can change premenstrual symptoms as well. If your periods stop whilst using steroids, it could be a condition called amenorrhea, which could lead to infertility.

5: Changes in breast size

Considering many take illegally acquired steroids for aesthetic improvement, it’s unlikely that you want to hear that some anti-estrogenic steroids can lead to reductions and remodelling of breast tissue.

Many of the changes centre around or relate to one thing; the female sex organs. Many people spend thousands on treatments to assist with fertility, so to be blessed with it, yet willing to jeopardize it for aesthetic gain seems quite a sacrifice.

Some parts of your body, like your teeth, can be replaced. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to replace or fix the parts of your reproductive system. Look after yourself and if you must, check out safe, legal alternatives guaranteed not to damage your insides.

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