Steroids are man-made substances used to treat conditions caused by low level steroid hormones found in the body. They have been used to enhance athletic & sexual performance.
Short-terms effects of steroids include headaches, acne, fluid retention, oily skin, yellowish tint to the skin and the whites of the eyes.
The symptoms of withdrawal can include mood swings, tiredness, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, lowered sex drive, depression and possible suicide attempts.
The health related issues for males are: shrunken testicles, lower sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts & increased risk for prostate cancer.
Health related issues for females include facial hair, male pattern baldness, changes in the menstrual cycles, deepened voice and enlarges clitoris.
The symptoms of withdrawal include insomnia, anxiety, tremors, sweating, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure & psychotic thoughts.
Steroids are injected, swallowed or applied to the skin.
Steroids can be in a tablet, capsule, liquid drops, gel cream, & patch form.