What’s the difference between steroids and TRT? Let’s discuss.
You know your body better than anyone else.
And you know that the constant fatigue you’ve been experiencing, your frustratingly-low libido, and your recurrent onslaught of sudden crankiness towards those you love the most probably have a lot to do with having low testosterone levels.
What you might not be aware of, however, is that there are safe and effective options available for you to increase your testosterone level without compromising the health and well being of the rest of your body!
Steroids and Testosterone — What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a naturally occurring steroid hormone that not only promotes bone density and muscle growth, but also produces sperm in testes.
Low Testosterone levels often conjure up Low T myths in the mind of many. Perhaps the biggest myth is that choosing testosterone replacement therapy to increase testosterone levels will produce exactly the same side effects as abusing steroids.
When some hear Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) they automatically equate it to bodybuilding or fear that they are going to get instantly ripped as if they were “that guy” in the gym. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Some of the main differences include legal distinctions, medical diagnosis, management of side-effects, and the individual’s reason for taking the drug. Ultimately, it comes down to dose.
Many “steroid abusers” use the same medication (testosterone cypionate) as is commonly used in TRT. The difference is in the goals and purpose of therapy, and most importantly, in the way the big picture is managed.
TRT Is a Medical Treatment — Steroids Are Not
While steroids are often obtained and injected illegally, testosterone replacement therapy is a medical treatment prescribed and administered by health care professionals to help treat the effects of low testosterone levels in men.
Properly administered hormone replacement therapy restores an overall positive sense of self, rejuvenates a heightened well-being, and sparks a more youthful energetic feeling without all the countless and unpredictable side effects of steroids abuse.
Illegal steroids use, on the other hand, is typically used for cosmetic benefits or physical performance reasons – to build muscle and lose body fat or to enhance one’s ability to perform in a sport or excel in bodybuilding.
This treatment is not approved by the FDA. Following medically valid diagnostic tests to determine if there is indeed a deficiency in one’s testosterone level, hormone replacement therapy is then used for medical purposes – to treat a deficiency of testosterone brought about by any number of reasons.
Conversely, there are no diagnostic tests to determine if someone needs anabolic steroids for recreational purposes.
While one is FDA-approved and the other is not, and while one is administered by a medical professional and the other is not, and while one is to treat a medical condition (Low T) and the other is not, both steroid abuse and hormone replacement therapy do have side effects.
Side Effects of TRT
Some of the side effects that can be caused by TRT include: a sudden breakout of acne, male breast enlargement, an enlarged prostate, difficulty urinating, mood swings, and fluid retention, among others.
While these same side effects can occur with steroids abuse, their severity is pronounced with the superhuman levels reached when somebody is abusing testosterone.
Additionally there are other, more dangerous side effects associated with abuse of anabolic steroids. Some of these include: disease of the liver or spleen, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, blood clots, and heart disease.
The difference between TRT and steroid abuse is safety. Not just from a legal standpoint, but from a health standpoint.
Making sure that you overall health is not sacrificed in the name of “higher T levels” is one of the most important roles of a TRT provider.
Understand that any medicine can be a poison; it all depends on the dose. Make sure that when you choose someone to help you with your Low T symptoms, you select someone with the knowledge and expertise to improve your quality of life while ALSO keeping you safe.