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Erectile Dysfunction
and Anabolic Steroids

Sometimes prescribed to help teenage boys with delayed puberty problems or to older men suffering from losing muscle mass due to certain illnesses, anabolic steroids are synthetically produced drugs that mimic the effects of natural testosterone and are designed to help muscle growth and increase male sex characteristics.

If your GP has prescribed anabolic steroids, they will be safe to take if used as directed.

But Anabolic Steroids (known in the medical profession as anabolic–androgenic steroids (AAS)) are best known as a supplement used by bodybuilders to build muscle and improve their performance, since they can quickly build muscle mass and decrease body fat. Other men will simply use them to improve their appearance to deal with their poor body image, or from pressure from their partner to “look better”. The problem is that this use is usually unsafe and unlicensed and can cause serious health complications and Erectile Dysfunction. 

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If you have developed Erectile Dysfunction as a result of anabolic steroids, we have a lot of experience in this area.




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What can steroid abuse lead to?

Unfortunately, steroid use can actually lead to shrunken testicles, reduced sperm count, decreased libido, infertility, and Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

The first indications men find of steroid abuse problems include hair loss, breast development, severe acne, and stomach pain. It should also be noted that continued use of AAS can lead to the development of prostate cancer.


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How Does Steroid Use Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Since steroids mimic the effect of creating testosterone naturally, the excess testosterone in the body gradually reduces a man's ability to make his own testosterone. Depending on the frequency of taking them, the timeframe over which they are taken and how much was used, this can happen in short term or long term. This is the main reason why ED issues occur in men who use anabolic steroids.






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Long-term effects of Anabolic Steroids

Uncontrolled usage of anabolic steroids can eventually lead to a wide range of fatal diseases. Extensive research has been undertaken on this subject and researchers have found that in the long run, prolonged misuse of anabolic steroids can lead to issues such as, early heart attack, liver tumours, strokes, and kidney failure.

Furthermore, complex psychiatric issues can occur due to a prolonged misuse of anabolic steroids.




How are Steroids Taken?

Steroids are taken in a variety of different ways.

  • Some steroids can be taken orally through syrup or tablets.
  • Some steroid users also take these via injections.
  • Steroids can also be taken by using an inhaler and with nasal sprays.
  • Interestingly, some steroids are available as ointments and creams which are applied to the skin.


Will ED Go Away After Quitting Steroids?

Normal sexual functions may return after quitting steroids; however, the time interval may vary from person to person since it really depends on the usage history of the drug. If a person has taken them for an extended period, then his sexual function may require more time to return to a healthy state and will require medical intervention.








Overcoming ED With ‘Little Blue Pills'

‘Little blue pills' can help overcome ED problems and some athletes use them to ‘flush' steroids from their body. But after a while these pills of whatever type and colour become less effective.

Attaining and maintaining an erection requires unrestricted blood flow through the penis. The therapy we provide at MansMatters treats the problem of restricted blood flow through the penis and allows men to enjoy spontaneous sexual intercourse once more much to the satisfaction of their partner.







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Overcoming ED – The Next Steps

Our combination of treatments is unique and has been developed using the latest research, a huge investment in the medical equipment and the experience of dealing with hundreds of men from all over the UK, Europe and the Middle East who have visited us for help and returned home happy. 

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At the centre of our treatment protocols, we have Focused Shockwave Therapy (FST) which utilises special acoustic waves to generate new blood vessels when targeted at penile tissues. FST is completely non-invasive and has no major side-effects. It is mostly a painless procedure and is completely compatible with our other complementary therapies.

Extracorporeal MagnetoTransduction Therapy (EMTT) develops an intense magnetic field at the microscopic cell level and further increases blood flow to the penis. This therapy also hastens the cell recovery process and increases intercellular connectivity. Both therapies work well together in enabling men to overcome ED and let them enjoy strong, rigid, and powerful erections yet again.





Erectile Dysfunction and Anabolic Steroids FAQs

What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are drugs that mimic the effects of natural testosterone hormones. These drugs help with muscle growth and increase male sex characteristics.

What Are the Uses of Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are used both legally for medical purposes and illegally. Usually, doctors prescribe them to treat issues like delayed puberty in males or loss of muscles due to diseases like cancer or HIV. Some men however use these drugs illegally to quickly build muscles, decrease body fat and look better. In a study of UK gym users 9% of men admitted to using anabolic steroids.

Can Using Steroids Be Dangerous?

Misuse of steroids can be extremely dangerous and if not prescribed by doctors, can be fatal. The normal side effects include hair loss, stomach pain, severe acne, and breast development. Continual and long-term consumption of anabolic steroids can also lead to prostate cancer. Moreover, misuse of anabolic steroids can pave the way for various sexual issues such as low sperm count, infertility, shrunken testicles, low libido or even ED.

Can Using Steroids Permanently Lower Testosterone Hormone Level?

Prolonged usage of steroids can interfere with the body’s natural ability to produce testosterone in both the short and long term. Recent studies suggest that excessive anabolic steroid usage can permanently lead to impaired testosterone hormone production and infertility in males.

Is There Any Link Between Anabolic Steroids and Erectile Dysfunction?

Men who misuse anabolic steroids, suffer from increased difficulties in obtaining and sustaining strong erections. A number of studies suggest that there is a strong association between ED and the misuse of anabolic steroids.

Can Quitting Steroids Improve Erectile Function?

Erectile function may improve after quitting taking steroids. But there is no hard and fast rule about how long it might take for erectile function to recover. It really depends on the individual and their past usage of the drug. If a man has been taking steroids for an extended period, then he may require more time to experience improved erectile function after quitting steroids.

How Effective Is FST In Treating ED In Patients Who Previously Took Steroids?

FST is at the heart of our treatment protocols and is compatible with all our other treatments. This therapy is extremely effective in ensuring new and improved blood flow in the penis, as it can generate new and healthy blood cells. We have treated many patients who previously took steroids using shockwave therapy with great success and client satisfaction.




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