Anabolic steroids have an entire laundry list of risks and dangers that can be light to severe, short-term to permanent and everything in between. Steroids are a synthetic version of testosterone that is injected straight into the system with no regulation by your body. Some users try to regulate the levels of steroids in their bodies by taking them on a schedule or fluctuating the dosage, but this won't stop the harmful side effects. Prolonged use of steroids will cause your body’s natural testosterone production methods to waste away because you are no longer using them. So even if you stop abusing them, the damage done by steroids never truly goes away.
If a young man's low testosterone is a problem for a couple trying to get pregnant , gonadotropin injections may be an option in some cases. These are hormones that signal the body to produce more testosterone. This may increase the sperm count. Hedges also describes implantable testosterone pellets, a relatively new form of treatment in which several pellets are placed under the skin of the buttocks, where they release testosterone over the course of about three to four months. Injections and nasal gels may be other options for some men.