Effects on the body

CHEST HEART
Growth of breasts in men, chest pains

SKIN SK

Acne, unusually red face, cysts, oily skin, boils, increased body hair

HEAD

Increased hair loss

Increased LDL cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease

LIVER

Reduced liver function and blood-filled cysts

TESTICLES

Shrinkage of the testicles and reduced or no sperm production due to suppression of natural testosterone, impotence or extended erections

EMOTIONS

Increased aggression and mood swings

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
Insomnia, depression, fatigue. Users don’t necessarily grow physically addicted to steroids, but they do develop a psychological dependence due to the effects

VEINS

Some steroids cause thickening of blood and increase the risk of stroke

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Due to water and salt retention

INFECTION AND BLOOD POISONING
Due to the use of non-sterile needles, the reuse of needles or the use of contaminated steroids
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Source: Philippe Gradidge, Wits, 2010, Dr Jon Patricios, Prof. Oppel Greeff (UP)