“Steroids are used by physicians for treatment but also consumed outside the medical space for building strength and muscles. Steroids damage the testicles and stop sperm production, short or long term. Sppare.me is here to protect your fertility.”
Anabolic steroids are performance-enhancing drugs that generally include testosterone and its synthetic modifications. They mimic testosterone in the body and increase the production of proteins that act as building blocks for muscles, bones, and other tissues within the human body. Anabolic steroids are used in medicine for many purposes, for example: treating certain types of Anemia. They are also used, outside the medical space, by bodybuilders, athletes and other people to enhance strength, improve body appearance, increase muscle mass and decrease fat. As many as 3 million anabolic steroid users have been reported in the United States to date. Considering its physical side effects and health risks, steroid consumption became an issue of major concern and is considered by certain professionals as public enemy #1 for male infertility.
The negative impact of steroids on male fertility
Long-term use or excessive doses of anabolic steroids have various side effects and health risks. One serious side effect is short (transient) or long-term (persistent) infertility. Anabolic steroids in your bloodstream trick the body into thinking that the testicles don’t have to generate any more testosterone. The result is very low level of testosterone in the testicles and normal or high level of testosterone in the blood stream. This also slows the production of certain male hormones (FSH), causing the testicles to shrink and produce little or no sperm. Therefore, it is practically impossible to get your partner pregnant during or following steroid use.
Is infertility reversible?
In many cases, when consumption of performance enhancing steroids stops, the testicles will start producing sperm at some point (months or years afterwards). In addition, doctors have been able to offer certain hormone therapies, aimed at expediting the return of sperm. However, recovery from infertility also depends on the dosage used, and the period of consumption. The higher the dosage of steroids used and the longer the use, it becomes more likely that infertility will be long term or even irreversible.
Be aware; take care of your ability to have children!
While we strongly discourage men from consuming anabolic steroids without doctor guidance, we cannot ignore the fact that a large group of people still choose to use steroids for bodybuilding and performance / appearance enhancement. By doing so, they damage their fertility and deeply regret doing so later in life when they want to have children. Experience also shows that it is psychologically very difficult for men to stop consuming steroids, even if having children becomes a priority. Some decide to stop using steroids until fertility is regained and pregnancy is achieved, but after a period of time they restart using steroids. Sppare.me offers a comfortable, safe and cost-efficient sperm banking and storage service to deal with infertility. Bank your sperm today when it is healthy and strong and avoid future regrets.
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Public enemy #1 (C.Honig)
Anabolic steroids abuse and male infertility (R.El Osta), Link
Anabolic steroid abuse (Benjamin Wedro), Link
Anabolic steroids and male infertility : A comprehensive review (de Souza, Hallak), Link
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