When super-fit doesn’t mean super-fertile…

Performance-enhancing steroids have been in the news this week with news that NICE is recommending that users should be encouraged to use needle exchanges to avoid infections from contaminated needles.  This may not seem relevant to fertility but the fact that an estimated 60,000 people have used anabolic steroids in the last year, and that an increasing number of teenagers are injecting them, is deeply worrying for their future chances of being able to have children.

Young men are often using steroids in an attempt to make themselves look super fit, but may not realise that they are having a serious impact on their fertility. Anabolic steroids can actually shrink your testicles and cause sperm production to stop altogether. Some men will never regain their fertility, and although others may do eventually, this can take years.

It’s an important message that needs to get out there – super-sized musclemen may not be as virile as they look…

 

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