If someone comes to you, asking if you want some Juice, Rhoids, or Gym Candy, they are most likely talking about Anabolic-androgenic steroids. Did you know that 6.6% of male high school seniors use, or have used steroids, or that over 26.7% used the steroids to look better? People use Anabolic-Androgenic steroids for three common reasons. These reasons include, improving their appearance, giving them a competitive advantage, and to increase their ability to train longer and harder. There are many different people who use them for all of these reasons. Some of the people who use steroids for competitive advantage are bodybuilders, long-distance runners, cyclists, football players, and other athletes. These types of athletes, and others, use Anabolic-Androgenic steroids for the ability to train longer and harder. Anabolic-androgenic steroids are man-made synthetic substances that are related to testosterone, the male hormone. Anabolic-androgenic steroids are commonly called, Anabolic steroids, for short, anabolic referring to muscle building and androgenic referring to increased masculine characteristics. People use steroids to help them to be better in sports or for physical appearance, yet steroids can leave them with many negative effects in the future. .
Studies show that over time, anabolic-androgenic steroids can negatively affect a person's health. There are certain effects that occur in males only, females only, both genders, and adolescence. In the male, for instance, steroids take a different toll on them than they do in females. An example of this would be the shrinking of testicles. When males take anabolic steroids, over time, their testicles begin to shrink. When this occurs, the sperm count is reduced as well. Another example of a negative effect in the male would be infertility, because with reduced sperm count, it is harder for the male to get a female pregnant.