Steroids: no turning back.

With the Tour de France underway, talk about doping in sports is again in the news with sportscasters rehashing Lance Armstrong’s admission that he had, indeed, been doping for years and that everybody was doing it. I cringe when I hear this because the culture of altering body chemistry pervades even the youngest levels of sports. Unfortunately, what nobody tells these athletes is that once you start taking steroids you might never be able to turn back. When you artificially boost testosterone, your testicles stop making it. The testicles shut down. The testicles shrink, sperm production stops, and if this goes on long enough, even your penis stops working. These effects are often irreversible.

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