Bodybuilding steroids linked to long-term testicular damage, study finds

Men who use anabolic steroids in large doses will have issues with testosterone and sperm production, and they may not recover even after they stop using the steroids.

(CNN)Men who use anabolic steroids to build muscle for that "perfect bod" may be harming their testicular function for years after they stop taking the drugs, according to a new study of nonathletic bodybuilders.

"It has been unclear whether illicit use of anabolic steroids caused a long-lasting or even persistent impairment of the testosterone production in the testicles," said study author Dr. Jon Rasmussen, a scientist at Rigshospitalet, a highly specialized hospital affiliated with the University of Copenhagen.
"These results suggest a long-lasting testicular dysfunction," Rasmussen said via email.
    His message to men who are thinking of using them to enhance their body: "Don't even consider it. Use of anabolic steroids can cause persistent adverse effects on several organs in the body and could even be lethal."