Leo was of course away in college when he started using steroids. I didn’t see him enough for the signs to really take effect. He was gone long enough that physical changes didn’t seem so impossible to me. Of course, he would look different in a mother’s eyes.
For those who still have teens at home or nearby though this information could potentially save a child’s life. Knowing the signs of teens using anabolic steroids and anabolic steroids side effects really can make a difference.
I don’t want anyone else to end up in the situation I was. No mother deserves to see her child died before he could ever really get a chance to live his life. I never deserved that, and you sure don’t.
Healthy Teens Are Never Prescribed Anabolic Steroids
Obviously, some treatments require steroids to be properly cleared, like when Leo had mononucleosis. But if a teen is healthy and fit, there is never a reason a doctor should prescribe anabolic steroids.
If your kid comes home and says they should be taking steroids or that their friend is then this should be a red flag. It’s never okay to take them to build up muscle or for being on a team.
They may not know they’re lying because their friend convinced them, but know that them taking anabolic steroids for this use is quite illegal, and they should stop. If their friend has anabolic steroids for sale, then it is definitely time to call the police.
What Do Anabolic Steroids Look Like?
Either a pill or liquid, steroids can be swallowed or injected directly depending on the method. The pills all come in different forms and look different. Since kids usually get steroids illegally, they often take different kinds together and far more than a doctor would ever properly dose.
It is common for people using steroids to boost their athleticism to cycle through steroid use. This means they use them consistently for a while before stopping to get full benefits. They may also mix steroids to help negate side effects, and this is called stacking.
What Are The Side Effects Of Anabolic Steroids?
There are many common and noticeable side effects of anabolic steroid use. There are usually attitude changes and constant mood swings. Obsession with working out is not uncommon either.
Some other side effects include:
– Deepened voice
– Excessive body and facial hair
– Permanent enlargement of the clitoris and disruption of the menstrual cycle
– Permanent infertility
– Shrinking of the testicles and reduced sperm count
These side effects are not always problems that you will be able to see outright. Your teen may feel defensive if you ask them about acne like my Leo was with me, and no one is going to want to talk about their testicles with their mom.
Just do your best to pay attention and try asking the right questions. If you think your teen is abusing anabolic steroids, then get help before it is too late.