- The most common reason people use steroids or PEID’s are to increase muscle mass, increase strength, train harder and reduce the recovery time needed after training.
- There are many fakes and counterfeits around and with the advent of the internet the access to steroids is easier, but you often do not know what you are buying.
Common brand names & Street Names,
- They often have different trade names, commonly used anabolic steroids are Anavar, Sustanon, Dianabol, Androsterone, Oxandrin, Winstrol, Decaduarbolin and Equipoise
- Some street names are Seroids, Roids or Juice
How they work
- Anabolic steroids are drugs which mimic the effect of natural male hormone testosterone.
- They are taken orally or injected into the muscle
- Cycling” describes the use of steroids for certain specific time intervals: such as 12 weeks on, 6 weeks off, and then another 12 weeks on. “Stacking” refers to the use of multiple steroids at one time. Many users will take a combination of oral and injectable steroid with the hope of enhancing their effects.
Steroids & PEID’s and the Law
- It is not illegal to possess steroids
- The supply of steroids is illegal. The maximum sentence for supply is five years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
- All major national and international sporting organisations have banned steroid use on the grounds of cheating.
The Harmful Effects
There are a large number of side effects including
- The development of acne
- Disorders of the liver and kidneys causing jaundice, tumours and cysts.
- An increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Mood swings and aggression
- Stunting of growth in young people who have not reached their full height.
- In men it can cause infertility, shrinking of the testicles and growth of breasts.
- In women it can cause deepening of the voice, growth of body hair, and enlargement of the clitoris.
- Some side effects for women may not be reversible.
- Users who inject steroids run the risk of catching hepatitis and HIV.