There are a number of side effects that can occur from use of anabolic steroids most of which apply to both men and women such as; Liver damage, Heart attack, Increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol, insomnia, changes in libido, depression/suicide, stunted growth in young people. There are some side effects that are gender specific.
Find out more on steroids side affects
Is it addictive?
Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, steroids are reinforcing and so can lead to addiction.
Up to a third of anabolic steroid products are counterfeit or fake.
Is the label not straight? Does it have rough edges? Are there air bubbles under it? Is the print faded? Is the liquid cloudy? Are the levels of liquid different in each amp? If the answer to any of these is YES, it could well be fake, don’t use it.
Be very wary of information on steroids from online sellers and forums, it can often be misleading
Because steroids are often injected, users who share needles or use non-sterile techniques when they inject steroids are at risk for contracting dangerous infections, such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C. A study by John Moores University found that 1 in 10 steroid users had been exposed to one or more of hepatitis B, C or HIV. Ask for a test for blood borne viruses.
If you are injecting download steroids safer injecting advice and download the East Riding Needle Exchange leaflet to find the nearest to you.
You can also find the results of the Steroid and Image Enhancing Drugs Survey 2014
The best way to stay safe is not to use. A 2018 study found that mortality rates were three times higher amongst steroid users. You can see the research paper here