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Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male sex hormone
testosterone. "Anabolic" refers to muscle-building, and "androgenic" refers to increased male sexual characteristics.
"Steroids" refers to the class of drugs. These drugs can be legally prescribed to treat conditions resulting
from steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty, as well as diseases that result in loss of lean muscle
mass, such as cancer and AIDS. Anabolic steroids also have androgenic and virilizing properties, including the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics such as the growth of the vocal cords testicles (primary sexual characteristics) and body hair (secondary sexual characteristics).
some side effects include:
For men—shrinkage of the testicles (testicular
atrophy), reduced sperm count or infertility, baldness, development of
breasts (gynecomastia), increased risk for prostate cancer
For women—growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness,
changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the
clitoris, deepened voice
For adolescents—stunted growth due to premature skeletal
maturation and accelerated puberty changes, and risk of not reaching
expected height if steroid use precedes the typical adolescent growth
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Jun 29th, 2015
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