This question is the most burning of all that can be in bodybuilding and in General in any power sport, and this question is asked by 99% of people who visit gyms. The use of steroids today has become an epidemic: in professional sports, you can’t survive without them, since everyone uses them; in Amateur sports, the opportunity to quickly gain weight looks very tempting. However, hormonal changes in the body rarely pass without a trace.
Anabolic steroids have an extensive list of side effects that are the result of taking them in too large doses, for a long time, combined with other pharmacological drugs, such as levitra or other pills to improve potency.
The principles of scientific ethics prohibit setting up experiments to study the effects of steroids on the human body. Therefore, many conclusions about what their use in sports is fraught with, scientists make based on the analysis of various medical cases when the level of testosterone in the body of men exceeds the norm.
In this article, we will talk about the effect of steroids on sexual function in men: the effect on potency or libido, the volume and quality of sperm, the ability to conceive a child on the part of men, why “not worth it” on the course of steroids, testicular and prostate cancer.
This article is based on the results of a scientific study by Professor Eberhard Nieschlag from the Center for reproductive medicine and andrology at the University of Münster in Germany.
Effect of steroids on sexual function in men
The volume and quality of sperm
When steroids (testosterone) are administered by athletes, they affect the mechanism of natural testosterone production: the hypothalamus-pituitary-testicles. This leads to a decrease in the natural production of testosterone in the body, its level in the testicles and, as a result, a decrease in sperm volume.
How do scientists know this if experiments on athletes are prohibited, but they themselves deny everything and keep it secret? From clinical studies. One example is hormone therapy as a method of contraception in men.
Contrary to popular belief, in medicine, testosterone is used to reduce the likelihood of a man conceiving a child, not to increase it: its injections in therapeutic doses reduce the mobility of sperm and their number in sperm.
Anabolic steroids are derived from testosterone. They differ slightly at the molecular level. In medicine, some of them are also used for male contraception. In particular, 19-nortestosterone and MENT.
When taking steroids, men reduce the volume of sperm and sperm motility
After stopping taking steroids, the mechanism of sperm production is restored to its original level and there is no reason to believe that the damage may be irreversible.
Testicular cancer in men
There is no clear scientific evidence that steroid use can lead to testicular cancer in men.
In the scientific literature, there is one case of testicular cancer in a former weightlifter from Germany who took turinabol in large doses (20 tablets a day) between the ages of 18 and 23. He developed gynecomastia and underwent surgery for testicular cancer (leiomyosarcoma) at the age of 32.
This type of cancer is quite rare, but one study showed its development in hamsters as a result of the introduction of testosterone propionate and diethylstilbestrol (diethylstilbestrol). The authors concluded that there is a positive relationship between steroid use and testicular cancer.
There is no clear scientific evidence that taking steroids leads to the development of testicular cancer in men. However, animal experiments suggest that the likelihood of cancer may increase
The growth and development of the prostate in adolescence during puberty occurs under the influence of male sex hormones androgens, to which testosterone belongs.
There are cases when the prostate lags behind in development and has a small size due to hormonal disorders. Testosterone injections help correct the problem.
It is widely believed that high doses of testosterone and other steroids characteristic of athletes provoke prostate growth, lead to its hypertrophy and stimulate the development of prostate cancer.
However, there is only one case in the scientific literature where a bodybuilder who used a combination of high-dose injectable steroids for 18 years (sometimes in conjunction with growth hormone) developed adenocarcinoma or prostate cancer at the age of 40 years 16.
Based on this, I would very much like to conclude that “taking steroids in bodybuilding leads to the development of prostate cancer”, but there is no other case besides this.
Does this mean that there is no relationship between steroids and prostate cancer? Oh, definitely not.
Steroids and impotence: conclusion
The principles of scientific ethics do not allow scientists to conduct experiments to study the effects of steroid use on athletes. Therefore, no one can give a clear answer to the question of how steroids affect the potency of men, the ability to conceive a child, and the risk of prostate and testicular cancer today, and it is unlikely that this will be possible in the future.
Most of the above conclusions about the harm of steroids for men’s sexual health are made on the basis of data from medical cases in which the level of testosterone in the blood differs slightly from natural and is not comparable to that used in sports.
Based on the available data, it can be concluded that the use of steroids in sports negatively affects the potency of men, reducing the volume of sperm and sperm motility, may be the reason that it is “not worth it” on the course of steroids, but it is unlikely that it increases the risk of prostate and testicular cancer in men.
Rigorous scientific research is needed.