No, the most common symptom in female patients taking anabolic steroids is irregular menstrual cycles. Long term use of steroid hormones can lead to various other changes in the reproductive system. But these changes generally do not happen until after 2-4 years of regular use.
This should answer your question about whether steroids can cause infertility in females. Steroids are primarily male hormones so should not affect a woman’s fertility at all. The change you may experience is irregular menstrual cycles, which would be considered a long term side effect rather than one which occurs during short term use or right away while using.
In fact, seminal fluid is now being processed from stem cells from infertile men and then transplanted back into the same infertility patient with a 95% success rate in restoring a patient’s spermatogenesis. So if you are going to be taking anabolic steroids for a long period of time, please have your semen analyzed and if found to be deficient, consider sperm donation.
Steroids are not just taken by competitive athletes and bodybuilders looking to improve their performance or physical appearance. Millions of people, including women and children, take steroids prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of medical conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and anemia.
Corticosteroids, a class of steroid hormones, are used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and asthma. Corticosteroids are also used to prevent transplant rejection and to suppress the body’s immune response after an organ transplant. Glucocorticoids, such as prednisone and cortisone, are often prescribed to treat arthritis, lupus erythematosus (LE), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and asthma.
Glucocorticoid injections can be used for short-term treatment of severe flare-ups of the aforementioned diseases. Oral glucocorticoids are used for long-term treatment of chronic diseases. Long-term use of glucocorticoids can cause a number of side effects, including weight gain, increased blood pressure, diabetes, and cataracts.
Women who take corticosteroids during pregnancy may give birth to a baby with low birth weight or birth defects. Children who take corticosteroids may have growth problems and delayed puberty. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding before taking a glucocorticoid.
So as you can see, anabolic steroids come with a variety of potential side effects, some which are reversible upon cessation of use. But, steroids are not just potentially harmful to the user, they can also have an effect on future generations.
Men are advised not to father a child while using anabolic steroids because these hormones pass through the male’s body and then into the woman during intercourse. The chemicals in steroid hormones may cause birth defects in the baby. Anabolic steroids administered during pregnancy may result in birth defects or prenatal death of the fetus, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CSAR).
How this occurs is not completely understood, but steroids are believed to hinder proper bone formation in the fetus. Steroids taken by expectant mothers lead to masculinization in female fetuses and feminization in male fetuses, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
So while anabolic steroids may have some short-term benefits for those with medical conditions, they also come with a variety of long-term risks that should be considered before beginning use. Anyone considering taking anabolic steroids should speak with their doctor to see if they are a good fit for you and your goals.