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Types of Anabolic Steroids

Without a prescription from a doctor, steroids are illegal. There are many different kinds of steroids. Some of the most common anabolic steroids taken today are: Anadrol, Oxandrin, Dianabol, Winstrol, Decadurabolin and Equipoise. Among the anabolic steroids that are commonly used, testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and nandrolene are the key ones, from which a variety of steroid analogues are derived. Of these three, testosterone is perhaps the most important and popular among people, as it affects the physiology of a person and also has medical benefits. Commonly used testosterone steroids are Testosterone Enanthate, Testosterone Crypionate (mostly used by athletes and body builders to increase their strength & size, and promote muscle retention), Testosterone Suspension, and Testosterone Propionate.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is very potent androgen necessary for normal sex development. Some of the common DHT-derived drugs are Winstrol, Anadrol, Mastering and Primobolan.

Nandrolene is not a stranger to the sports and body building fraternities. It’s commercial name is ‘Deca-Durabolin’. It is basically a modification of testosterone in an anabolic-androgenic ratio of 125:37.

Side effects:

Negative Side Effects

There will be different kinds of side effects that are associated with prohormones and anabolic steroids. These side effects include physical, mental and behavioral changes. The negative side effects on the body because of anabolic steroids include reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, breast development, increased risk of developing prostate cancer, severe acne, splayed teeth and overgrowth of forehead.

There are other side effects which include mood swings, difficulty to sleep, injury to muscles and tendons, liver damage, jaundice, blood clots, increased risk of heart issues.

The risk for girls includes increased facial and body hair growth, enlargement of clitoris, change in menstrual cycles and development of masculine traits. There will be deepening voice, shrinking of breasts and loss of feminine body characteristics.

In case of boys, there will be change in testicles. You can also find pain while urinating, breast development, reduced sperm count and impotence.

Long Term Side Effects

There will be some effects on the body which are not reversible. Some effects will be present in the body on a very long-term basis. The performance and self-image of a person will be very much enhanced through drug intake. The drug intake should not happen at the cost of your health.

HIV is the most deadly side effect when you abuse your body with steroids. This kind of effect might be experienced by adolescent teens and young adults who will go through peer pressure in their life. There will be weaker decision making skills. Cysts might be formed liver. If you discontinue the usage of drugs, the effects might be reversed. In some cases, cysts can lead to formation of tumors. Hence, they should be diagnosed immediately and necessary medical care should be taken at the earliest.


There might be premature heart attacks and strokes. There will be strain with the increase in muscle mass. In order to provide more muscle tissue, the heart will be under pressure. Your body should be prepared to deal with greater level of cholesterols. If steroids are used in the adolescent age, the growth might be impaired.

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