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Also known as:

  • ‘roids
  • gear
  • sauce
  • juice (on the juice)

What are steroids?

Anabolic steroids are a synthetic form of the male hormone testosterone and help men build muscle – if they work out too.

How they’re used

Steroids come as pills or a liquid that’s injected into a muscle. Never inject it into a vein as this can kill.

Often they are taken in cycles of weeks on, weeks off, then on again.

They are also used for ‘stacking’, which means taking several types of steroids together to strengthen the overall effect.

What’s the attraction?

Steroids are used to grow bigger muscles than what can be achieved with workouts alone. Big muscles make some guys feel more confident and give them a buzz from feeling lusted after, accepted and part of a group of other muscled men.

Sex on steroids

Steroids can make you feel more sexually confident and boost your sex drive, and as a result, you might be more likely to risk getting or passing on HIV. But they can also chemically weaken your sex drive and cause erection problems.

Balls may shrink as the body no longer needs to make its own testosterone. Dick size isn’t affected.

Last review: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021