[Updated] Side Effects of Steroids in Bodybuilding

Hello readers, in this article I will explain you all the side effects of steroids. The steroid is a drug used by most of the people to enhance the performance of workout. Scientifically it is known as anabolic steroids. Some bodybuilders use steroids to increase their muscle mass and improve their athletic performance. Steroids mimic male testosterone hormone that causes an increase in muscle mass. Anabolic Steroids have some medical uses but misusing anabolic steroids can be harmful to your body. Various side effects of steroids are given below in this article.

Side Effects of Steroids in Bodybuilding
Side Effects of Steroids in Bodybuilding

Side Effects of Steroids

There is an extensive list of negative side effects of steroids that affect both men and women. Side effects of steroids on the body are:

Physical side effects of steroids

  • Breast Development.
  • Stomach Pain.
  • Severe Acne.
  • Reduced Sperm Count.
  • Shrunken Testicles.
  • The Risk of Prostate Cancer.
  • Liver and Heart Damage

Psychological side effects of steroids

  • Delusions and Hallucinations
  • Aggressive Behaviour.
  • Manic Behaviour.
  • Mood Swings.

Some other side effects of steroids

  • Blood Clots.
  • High Cholesterol.
  • Fluid Retention.
  • Liver or Kidney Tumours.
  • High Blood Pressure.


Like any other drug, anabolic steroids are addictive. It means you can crave the drug, you will require more to get more effects, and you will affect symptoms of steroids. If you cannot stop taking steroids suddenly you can face following problems:
  • Muscle Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Joint pain
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches

Hair Baldness

Hair baldness is another common side effect of taking the steroid, due to the conversion of high levels of testosterone into dihedron testosterone or DHT, causing the hair follicles to shrink, which only then produces very fine hair. Eventually, with continued steroid use the hair follicle dies leading to permanent baldness.

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