Steroids

By: Alaina Kirschman 4th hour

Steroids

Steroids are synthetic variants of the male sex hormone testosterone or the female hormone estrogen. Steroids are typically used to enhance performance. They can also be a prescription drug.

How are steroids taken in?

They are taken in orally or injected into veins and muscles.

Street Names or Slang Terms

  • Pumpers
  • Gym Candy
  • Arnolds
  • Stackers
  • Balls
  • Bulls
  • A's
  • Weight Trainers
  • Slop
  • Red Power Ranger Go-Go Juice

What are the short term effects?

Men

  • reduced sperm count
  • damage to the heart
  • impotence
  • difficulty or pain while urinating
Women

  • breast reduction
  • excessive hair growth

What are the long term effects?

Men

  • liver disease or liver cancer
  • breast development
  • shrinking of testicles
Women

  • deep voice
  • enlarged clitoris
  • abnormal menstral cycles

How do you know someones abusing it?

Their body appearance will increase. Initial signs that anabolic steroids are being abused may include rapid weight gain and unusual mood swings. Emotions may include increased aggressiveness. Acne is almost always seen. The side effects of steroids can be explained by the excess androgen and anabolic drug levels present in the body.

Addicted?

You know someone is addicted when they have withdrawal.