Introducing a derivative of testosterone into the body has the strong potential to cause a number of hormonal disturbances, notably long term suppression of the body’s ability to produce normal levels of androgen hormones, which can cause infertility, testicular atrophy, gynaecomastia (man boobs) and increase the risk of testicular cancer in men (5,6). Women run the risk of developing masculine features – often times these changes are irreversible. Severe acne and hair loss are also very common side effects of Oxandrolone abuse (7). Mental disturbances are common, and a large number of steroid users experience psychological dependence and develop mental and physical withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit (8). Aggression (roid rage), mood swings, mania and depresssion are potentially devastating side effects that can arise from Oxandrolone abuse (7).
Steroids shattered the limitations of my body. I first sensed their effects while bench-pressing dumbbells. I usually peak at 85lb each, or 170lb total. But after 10 repetitions with the 85s I was stunned: it felt like a warm-up! With a degree of trepidation - we're talking weights that, if mishandled, could break a wrist or some ribs - I picked up the 90-pounders, which I'd never attempted. They went up easily and I ripped out 10 reps. It was an out-of-body sensation: somebody else's arms were pushing those weights, someone else's pectorals flexing and contracting.