Men who compete in various forms of bodybuilding competition, athletics and sports get into the trap of excelling in their respective fields without actually enduring the pain, sweating, bleeding and working to achieve it. Many choose a short cut of using an anabolic steroid to boost their performances for a short duration.

The Negative Aspect of Using Steroids

Experts have been communicating the dark sides of taking steroids for bodybuilding. Steroids may give you the external Greek-God look that you want but may leave you with the inability to reproduce at the same time.

Experts and researchers also have proven records that men who consume anabolic steroids to ape the effects of testosterone, use it to maximize their muscular gains have the maximum risk of getting sterile.

How Does It Work?

Steroids trick the body in multiple ways, making it a warehouse of energy to build gigantic muscles mass but ignore the production of reproductive hormones. Let us understand how does Steroid Trick the brain to do so.

The anterior pituitary gland secretes Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Lieutenant Hormones (LH). The brain gets a signal of overdose, and the production of these hormones are shut down. The gland thus is forced to perform with interruption and sperm quality, volume, motility and strength diminish highly.

Trivia: Similar is the case with male pattern baldness as well, where the body is tricked into stopping the flow of hair regeneration hormones.

The Mossman-Pacey Paradox

Doctor James Mossman and Professor Allan Pacey have successfully been able to give a theory of “Evolutionary Paradox” or the “Mossman-Pacey paradox” in which they have holistically explained the nuisance that steroids might create in the human body. Doctor Mossman, in an interview with the BBC, said -- “taking steroids might make men look more attractive but could turn them into an evolutionary dud. I noticed some men coming in to have their fertility tested, and these guys were huge. They are trying to look really big, to look like the pinnacles of evolution. But they are making themselves very unfit in an evolutionary sense because without exception they had no sperm in their ejaculation at all.”

In order to achieve the dream-like fitness, more and more people are turning towards anabolic steroid, falling into its trap, misusing it and then getting lesser and lesser chances of conception. We can see such kind of example in one of the famous movies “Pain and Gain” where Anthony Mackie plays the character of a guy who is crazy about fitness and can go to any extent to get the physique required to win him some competition. However, he gets into steroid abuse and ends up impotent.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP

Use of Steroids May leave You Infertile