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Steroids Girls and steroids

A number of factors may be influencing girls’ increased use of steroids, according to Dr. Charles Yesalis, a professor at the University of Michigan. They include:

• Equal opportunity for female athletes results in a greater sense of competitiveness, more opportunities at the collegiate, Olympic, and professional levels.

• Young girls imitate the ideal body image actresses and models present: lean, muscular, and hard.

• Many of the education and prevention programs are aimed at boys. Girls have not paid attention to those messages.1

Dr. Yesalis warns that in addition to the many potential negative side affects of anabolic steroid use, the long-term effect on women’s reproductive systems is unknown. When a young teen takes these drugs, he says, the possibility of permanent damage is significant because their bodies are still maturing. 2

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