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Does taking steroids have any sexual side effects? I heard it shrinks your balls, but does it shrink anything else?

Sarah: I’d say your brain, but if you’re the kind of person who thinks steroids are a good idea, that’s probably a pre-existing condition. The shrinking of your balls and backne is the last of your problems with long-term steroid use. Regardless of what you’re taking (or thinking about taking), there’s simply no regulation and testing of these products, so no accounting for how they will affect you. Also, there’s nothing as unattractive as finding out that person with the hot body got it through obsessive training and/or popping pills, so whatever your reasons, skip them. If you don’t believe they’re that bad, do a quick google search for dead professional wrestlers and pay special attention to their ages and causes of death.

Dr. Debby: There are so many different kinds of steroids, hormones, and exercise “enhancement” pills and herbs and such that there are no uniform side effects or risks I can share with you. If you are taking anything like that, please please please check in with your healthcare provider. If it is something your provider has prescribed to you, ask about the side effects. If it is not something prescribed (like if it’s something you bought at a health food store, over the internet, or through a friend), please bring the pills or herbs to your healthcare provider and ask for their honest assessment. Some products are basically worthless - they do nothing at all and are just a waste of money. Other products may produce an effect but possibly may come with mild, moderate, or severe health risks.  

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