Individuals who take high doses of anabolic steroids for a long period may suffer from side effects. The most common side effect is the temporary cessation of the production of natural testosterone by the body. There are also other side effects like testicular shrinkage, decrease in sperm count, impotence, roid rage, premature balding, enlarged prostate and gynecomastia.
Women bodybuilders who take large doses of anabolic steroids for long periods can experience side effects such virilization. This can include a decrease or increase in the length of their menstrual cycle, enlarged clitoris and deepening of voice.
Adolescents may experience stunted growth, hypervirilization and precocious sexual development. Many side effects are not limited by gender and may effect anyone. These include acne, elevated cholesterol levels, jaundice, kidney and liver damage and high risk of cardiovascular disease.
But the good news is, there are many ways to counter these side effects, including medications and running cycles with specific steroids that will minimize side effects.
Always keep anti-Estrogen products on hand to combat symptoms of gynecomastia, for instance Nolvadex. Provironum is another effective anti-Estrogen compound, but it can increase your costs significantly. Other products such as Acnotin and Finasteride can help you combat acne and hair loss respectively. Finasteride can also keep your prostate healthy. You can combat mood swings and feelings of restlessness with Valium or Xanax. There are also herbal products like milk thistle and saw palmeto to protect the liver and prostate respectively. If you are suffering from pain after your workouts, you can use pain relief gels or creams. Note that only an advanced user of anabolic steroids should use these products. These may also increase your budget.