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Anabolic and androgenic steroid drugs, which are often also denoted by the short and well-known abbreviation “AAS”, are, of course, primarily pharmacological drugs of a hormonal nature, favoring the achievement of a higher progression of sports indicators (strength, endurance, muscle mass, etc.) … At the same time, today they are also a source of various myths and legends, sometimes completely ridiculous, and sometimes quite believable.

For experienced athletes, some myths may be familiar even very well, but for novice bodybuilders and “chemists” – this information can be extremely useful and informative.

Myth one: there are steroids that are one hundred percent safe.

Probably the most popularized misconception among all who advocate anabolic steroid use. Here, for the sake of general justice, we note that, in principle, there are no 100% safe drugs. And if we are talking about steroids, then these pharmacological drugs are generally presented as stronger drugs than many other drugs, since they are hormonal in nature. As a result, the breadth of possible complications and side effects also increases accordingly.

The question of how actual the risk of these “side effects” is quite expected. And here everything depends on the specific steroid taken. For example, taking the same ” Turinabol ” for novice “chemists” would always be less dangerous and harmless than using the same ” Methane “.

In principle, all oral steroids are potentially more dangerous for the liver than injectable ones , but with proper use, this harm is not higher than from taking antibiotics, paracetamol, and significantly lower than the systematic use of alcoholic beverages. With the influence on the heart and blood vessels, everything is different. Steroids are indeed capable of increasing “bad” cholesterol, but after the end of the course and some other simple measures, it often returns to normal, and the indicator of “good” cholesterol also increases, so no significant imbalance is observed. We will consider the impact on potency and the reproductive system further.

If we are already talking about steroids, which could be the safest, then here we should pay attention to ” Primobolan “, which, by the way, has the “mildest” effect on the body. Some athletes believe that its action is even overly “soft”. You can also mention ” Boldenone ” and ” Oxandrolone “. But here, too, everything also largely depends on the duration of use and on dosages.

Myth two: any steroids are deadly

In fact, this is the complete opposite of what we described above, only this misconception is popular mainly among those who try to avoid steroids and are afraid to even mention them under any pretext. One very recent study in China was that about 700 people took 500mg of testosterone undecanoate every month for more than 2 years . As a result, no terrifying consequences and significant deviations from the normal functioning of the body in such people were found and recorded.

Of course, many will say that for such a prolonged testosterone ester, this is a rather small dosage. And this is true, but many athletes, when it comes to undecanoate, rarely resort to higher dosage volumes.

Bodybuilding professionals are a separate story, but even in their midst, with a few exceptions, “mortality” is low. And even today there is no data at all about what dosage of any steroid, in principle, could lead to death.

Myth three: because of the use of steroids, you will never be able to have children and become impotent

Due to the great urgency of this issue, we consider it necessary to pay particular attention to such a delusion. Everyone has heard such cliches and stereotypes as: “All the pitching are impotent!” and the like. In general, let’s start with the fact that during the course, the libido and sexual appetites of each athlete increase, sometimes more, and sometimes less. Sexual stamina and desire increases. Of course, in some drugs this effect is not very pronounced, but it is still there. A decrease in potency and sexual activity can be observed with improperly organized courses and after their completion. In both cases, these phenomena are temporary, and after PCT they return to normal.

For the sake of objectivity, we also note that steroids can still lead to infertility, but this can happen with gross violations in their use, and most of all, such a risk exists among bodybuilding professionals, but not among amateurs. Nevertheless, many professional bodybuilders have children, and quite healthy ones, and they were conceived during and after a competitive career.

The fourth myth: without taking steroids, you can easily achieve the same results as with them.

Of course, it is possible to achieve high achievements in the field of strength indicators, general and special endurance, increase in muscle mass without taking AAC, but for this to happen, you need not only good genetics and talent, but also invest a lot of effort, time, and money. … All this should be multiplied by years of consistent and competent training. In such conditions, this is quite achievable.

But right there it should be noted that, for example, the athletic performance of the Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who holds the world record in the 100 and 200 m races, fundamentally exceeds the natural physiological norm of the average person. Miguel Indurain, a five-time Tour de France winner, has a lung capacity of up to 8 liters, while the average lung volume even for elite Olympic cyclists is only 6 liters. His heart muscle is capable of pumping up to 7 liters of blood every minute, the rest – up to 5-6 liters. This is to the question of how important genetics are.

The famous American professional bodybuilder Flex Wheeler genetically has a very low content of myostatin receptors, therefore, as a result of this genetic factor, his body is able to build more lean muscle and produce more insulin-like growth factor, even without the use of anabolic steroids.

An ordinary person with averaged initial physical parameters is unlikely to be able to achieve such performance without the use of sports pharmacology. Doping in general and steroids in particular, in this context, to a certain extent, “equalize” the chances of “fair” competition and victory, giving the chance to achieve more for those who are less fortunate in the genetic aspect. But at the same time, doping is not able to relieve you of laziness, give discipline, exclude food and much more.

The fifth myth: the fight against doping and steroids leads to the “purification” of the sport

Perhaps this is the most controversial misconception among all that only people who are active opponents of doping and steroids have. You have to be either very naive or interested for some reason to take part in the so-called struggle for the “purity” of sports.

First of all, this so-called “struggle” provokes athletes not to give up the use of doping, but rather to find ever more cunning and sophisticated methods of hiding all possible traces of its use, or to look for more and more new pharmacology that is not identified on doping tests. And what is most interesting, as sports practice shows, they do it.

In professional sports of high achievements, all athletes are forced and deliberately to use doping, because these are the “rules of the game” in this world. Spectators and fans expect more spectacular results, which in our time are no longer achieved without “pharmaceutical support”.

For example, today there is a reliable fact that almost all the winners of the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney were caught on the same drug. A metabolite of this drug was found in their blood. Later it was designated as “Genabol”. This substance is a derivative of Nandrolone (“Deck”) , which has never been in mass production, and therefore it was very difficult to detect on special tests. They decided to “hush up” the scandal, because this Olympics was named almost one of the “cleanest” of all time. However, this information still leaked to the media, thanks to prying journalists.

Moreover, today, many special laboratories with a highly qualified staff of specialists are engaged in the development and modification of separately taken narrow-profile drugs. In particular, such work is being carried out in the direction of anabolic steroids so that they cannot be “seen” during doping control.

One notable scandal with the BALCO laboratory and its unique drug tetrahydrogestrinone can be mentioned here. This specific drug became known in general only for the reason that one of the specialists of this laboratory “passed” it to the press. And such specialists are not hundreds, but thousands. The reality today is that the modern sport of professionals and high achievements is no longer complete without doping, and most likely there will be no other rules.