For the anabolic steroid user there is always one prevailing concern, side effects and as testosterone is often the primary steroid used, the foundation of most cycles the most common concern is necessarily the side effects of testosterone. Lets be clear and get right to the point; when we supplement with an exogenous hormone there is a potential for a negative reaction; how great is the potential, outright this is impossible to say as it is dependent on many factors as we will shortly see but there is a potential risk as it pertains to the side effects of testosterone.
A Very Well-Tolerated Hormone:
The testosterone hormone is a hormone we all produce and it is a hormone of essential and high importance. It is not something our body is unfamiliar with, it is not a foreign chemical nor something we need to be afraid of but it is something worthy of respect. The majority of men who supplement with an exogenous form will find the side effects of testosterone to be of very little concern when supplemental practices are followed in a responsible manner; however, while the odds are in your favor there is no absolute guarantee. The same can be said for anything else you put into your body; walk into your local drug store, nearly every item carries with it potential side effects. The probability of side effects with each item varies and some will tolerate certain items more so than others but in the end, most men will find with responsible use, again, the side effects of testosterone to be of little concern.
What Causes the Side Effects of Testosterone?
By-and-large the side effects of testosterone are due to estrogen buildup. As testosterone enters the body it converts into estrogen via the aromatase process. The more testosterone in your system the more there is to convert into estrogen and the higher your estrogen levels go the higher your probability of negative reactions. One must understand, while this is what causes the adverse side effects of testosterone its not as cut and dry as you might think; individual response, your own genetics play a massive and we do mean massive role. For example, there are men who will be able to supplement with massive amounts of testosterone, take no precaution and never fall prey to a single nasty side effect and there are others who will look at an ampule of testosterone and immediately have a negative reaction. Theres no outright way to predict but there are steps we can take to ensure the odds are in our favor.
The Common Side Effects of Testosterone:
As estrogen buildup increases due to exogenous testosterone use certain side effects may occur. In most all cases such side effects are easily avoidable or reversed if they do occur with the exception of one we will discuss later on. The common side effects of testosterone and each one is preventable and avoidable, include:
- Excess Water Retention or Bloat
- High LDL Cholesterol
- Low HDL Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
The Assured Side Effect of Testosterone:
Testosterone is manufactured in the testicles of men and when exogenous testosterone enters the body this natural production is suppressed. Once exogenous testosterone is in the body we no longer have any need to produce our own; the body is now receiving all it needs and in many cases more than it needs in exogenous fashion. As this occurs, as testosterone is produced in the testicles, as such production is suppressed the testicles shrink; if you supplement with testosterone you will experience testicular atrophy. No, your testicles will not vanish, they will simply lose some of their fullness; it truly is nothing of great concern. Further, once use is discontinued and your natural testosterone production begins again; after all, youre no longer introducing the hormone exogenously and the body must produce, the testicles will return to their normal size. Testicular atrophy is as assured side effect of testosterone use but as you can see its really not that great of a concern.