There are more and more women taking anabolic steroids these days. In an effort to lose weight, many females are going to the gym or bodybuilding, eating healthy and, when they are still a few pounds away from their ideal, resorting to drugs or supplements.
Not only are anabolic steroids dangerous, there are many side effects that can pose great threats to their health, the lesser being agitation, stress, excess sweating and heart palpitations.
These women are not likely to want to starved look of losing weight without gaining muscle and are more focused on celebrities who are still very thin but have muscles. Think Madonna rather than Victoria Beckham.
Anabolic steroids promise a toned body with muscle mass, but still thin. Women think that recovery time from workouts is less when taking these drugs and that their mental capacities become sharper. Also common are the thoughts of improved self esteem and body image, as well as greater sexual energy.
Of course, even if those benefits are attained, they’re mixed with liver dysfunction, benign and malign tumors, irregularities of the menstrual cycle, “acne, hair loss, withdrawal of the frontal hair line, male pattern baldness, lowering of the voice, increased facial hair growth, and breast atrophy” (Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science, 1998).
The UK has seen a dramatic increase in anabolic steroid use, both orally and by injection. A recent study by the University of Glamorgan reported that steroid abuse of certain prescription drugs was in use among gym goers.
Since then, over a 5 year span, another increase of 44 percent has been seen in both steroids and body building drugs. 600 more needles were used during one month of the study.
Surprisingly, researchers have noticed that steroid use among elite athletes has declined, as drug tests have become a regular part of the process. But sales of anabolic steroids are higher than ever, leading investigators to believe that regular gym goers are taking the drugs.
The leading consumers of these steroids, shockingly, are young professionals looking for a better body and to lose some weight. And the age ranges are getting younger. It’s reported that 14 and 15 year olds are offered steroids as the third most common drug, after marijuana and amphetamines.
In the USA, use in girls has skyrocketed to almost 200,000 young American women. It is estimated that 500,000 to 600,000 teenagers in the country have used anabolic steroids .
It seems that as the pressure to attain a certain physique rises in both sexes, both men and women are taking drugs in order to sculpt their bodies into “perfection.” How many side effects must be reported before we realize the damage we are doing to, not only our physical bodies, but to our spirits as well?