Anabolic-androgenic steroids are laboratory-manufactured versions of male sex hormone testosterone. They are commonly prescribed by medical practitioners for hormonal issues like delayed puberty and for diseases that cause muscle loss, such as HIV and cancer. Steroids are often used by athletes because of their ability to help muscles grow.
However, people who abuse steroids often do so without medical supervision. They usually take large amounts of steroids that exceed the legitimate dose, which, in turn, can cause various harmful side effects.
Steroids are commonly abused by injecting them directly into the muscles. Certain steroids are available in the form of pill and can be abused orally. Some of them are also available in the form of gel and cream that can be applied on the skin directly. Some of the common oral steroids include Anadrol and Winstrol. Deca-Durabolin, Equipoise and Tetrahydrogestrinone are injectable steroids.
Steroids are not always abused to become stronger, better and faster than others. Many people take steroids to gain relief from other issues like muscle dysmorphia and physical and sexual abuse, etc.