Steroids and Your Erection
I get an email about
every week from a young guy that has sabotaged his health and erections through
steroid use. And that is the tragic irony: most guys take steroids
to look and feel better about themselves with the girls, yet steroids, in
fact, often do the very opposite.
By the way, I actually don't think a well done steroid program probably causes many issues in the short or medium term.
However, the problem is that a pretty big percentage of young men on steroids really don't know what they are doing and/or do
not monitor properly and either of these can get them into trouble.
Most young men think of cancer as the only real risk with steroid use and they
figure, "I'm just going to do a cycle and see what happens. Six weeks
can't hurt anything!" Of course, that's an illusion, because 1) cancer is
the least of their worries and 2) most diehard weight lifters are
balls-to-the-wall kind of guys anyway. They're not about to stop after one
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Regardless, very nasty things can happen to your sex life with even ONE cycle of
steroids. Consider these Four Ways that Steroids Can Hammer Your Sex
Life and Erections:
1. Permanent Loss of Testosterone. It is surprisingly common for steroids to shut
down or almost shut down the body's natural production of testosterone.
Essentially the testes say to themselves, "We don't have to work anymore -
somebody is doing the work for us."
Seasoned steroid users have elaborate rituals, called PCT (Post Cycle Therapy),
to jump start their body's own natural testosterone production. This generally
includes LH-FSH-stimulators such as Clomid, but in some cases requires a bigger
and more dangerous gun: HCG.
However, here is the important point: it is very possible to completely and
irrevesibly shut down your testosterone production, i.e. HCG and Clomid simply
do not do the trick. Again, I get many emails from young guys whose testosterone
is stuck below 200 ng/dl when it should be around 700. I advise them to go
to an endocrinologist, but there is no guarantee that even a good doctor who
know what he's doing can resolve the issue.
So in the short term, until they get on HRT, such individuals are stuck with low
libido and poor erections from the decreased testosterone levels.
2. Shrunken testicles. Shrunken testes are a common part of steroid
usage and, as I covered in #1, is often irreversible. I don't know anyone
that argue that small nuts on the tree is going to get you a lot of squirrels if
you know what I mean. (In fairness, steroid users often counteract this by taking HCG.)
3. Bitch Tits and Leaky Nipples. Steroid users almost always exceed the
normal phyiological range for testosterone and some of this excess testeosterone
is aromatized into estrogen. Experienced steroid users look for the
warning signs of inflamed or leaky nipples and then take an estrogen blockers
such as Arimidex to help counteract the results. The problem is that this is
tricky to control at times for an HRT guy at normal testosterone levels. Steroids users
seem to have a rougher time and often leave their estradiol too high or drive it too low, both
of which cause them problems.
4. Liver Damage. This is tragically common, especially with the oral
steroids. These are metabolized in the liver and are notoriously hard on
this organ. Even some injected steroids make a second pass from the blood
stream into the liver and can damage in that way. Again, the insanity of
steroid use is shown by the fact that many steroid users actually take liver
herbs such as milk thistle in the hopes of preventing liver damage instead of
simply not taking the steroid.