NOTE: I just read the first post.
LMAO!! Androgel and Testim cream ARE steroids!
(US legal definition) testosterone or any one of its chemical derivatives
(scientific definition) any "gender-specific" hormone, i.e. estrogen, testosterone, etc.
+ ) Elevated mood, increased immune system function, increased metabolic rate, improved disposition, personality changes (rarely negative), better sleep, lower body-fat percentage, greater lean-muscle mass, faster recovery post-workout, improved red blood cell count, improved circulation, delayed onset of age-related illness (i.e. stroke, heart attack, high cholesterol, dementia, etc.), improved management of insulin and associated hormones, lower overall blood sugar, improved and increased sexual function, increased phallus size, "aggression" aka "a strong desire to 'get up off your ass and pump some fucking iron!'", increased self-esteem, increased strength, greatly improved energy levels, faster thought processing, etc. etc. etc.
- ) hair-loss if genes for such condition are present, small balls, excess hair growth (strictly a testosterone-specific side effect), gynecomastia if in excess of estrogen and genes for such condition are present, small, benign liver tumors with use of oral steroids fading and eventually disappearing upon discontinuation of oral steroid
Aromatizing Derivatives (derivatives breaking down into estrogen) -
+ ) More water taken into muscle (aka "super pumps"), heavy gains
- ) Increased estrogen coming up to dangerous levels, hair loss (due to rise in DHT levels), water-retention (an estrogen-specific side effect)
examples include: testosterone, dianabol, equipoise, primobolan, etc.
Non-Aromatizing Derivatives (derivatives that do not break down) -
+ ) shedding of excess water (you get nice and tight), strength increases, highly "masculinizing", "you get hard as a rock", GREATLY increased recovery rates, a constant "amped" feeling
- ) erectile dysfunction (when using trenbolone), greatly decreased estrogen levels, dehydration, sleeplessness
examples include: masteron, proviron, trenbolone, winstrol, etc.
Read wikipedia, bodybuilding.com, professionalmuscle.com, and google on "steroids" and you'll find this all over the web.
Remember to consider the source: if it's not coming from a tried-and-true user or a direct medical source, it's probably a total load (keep "Reefer Madness" in mind, here)
DO NOT try it out for yourself without consulting a medical professional or without having a thorough understanding of legal procedure.
All that said, turn off your CAPS lock, and remember: Taking a supplement to increase your testosterone levels is technically the same as rubbing it on your skin or shooting it in your ass (and cum doesn't count, sorry guys) though I don't think anyone has ever been tossed in the clink for taking a pill from a local health store.