What are the Side Effects of SARMs?
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators have in recent times, enjoyed explosive popularity. Athletes and bodybuilders all over are turning to this alternative of anabolic steroids that promises extensive benefits with minimal to zero side effects. Some marketers are even branding them as “legal steroids” but what they won’t tell you is that these compounds are not particularly very safe. There have been so many concerns surrounding SARMs. We are even learning that the FDA cannot guarantee what the long-term effects of using these compounds are. SARMs are mostly legal (unless you are taking part in professional competitions) but this does not reflect on how safe they are.
Various health organizations have continued to caution us about the use of SARMs with studies linking these compounds to liver toxicity and other issues such as stroke and heart attacks. An even bigger concern was raised when clinical trials showed that some SARMs products usually include ingredients which they never disclose to their clients. For instance, a study published in JAMA showed that of 44 products that were purchased online, only 22 of them contained SARM. The other 50% either didn’t have any traces of SARMs or were filled with other potentially harmful compounds and/or hormones. There were even reports that certain SARM products contained GlaxoSmithKline, a dangerous carcinogen whose use was discouraged years ago. If you’re looking to buy sarms, make sure to read this review first
So, while using SARMs can help in countering muscle wasting and other issues, they still come with serious concerns and side effects that you deserve to know. The fact that we are also not very sure about the long-term effect of using SARMs is also quite frightening. It’s for these reasons that the use of these supplements is branded as use-at-you-own-risk.
Some of the known side effects of SARMs include:
This is a problem that a lot of women using anabolic steroids experienced. SARMs promised a solution to virilization but guess what, there are still cases of women witnessing masculine characteristics after using them. The only difference between these supplements and other steroids is that with SARMs, one will have to consume huge amounts of it to get these side effects. The crazy part, however, is that most SARMs are not as powerful as anabolic steroids. This means that you have to consume huge doses of SARMs for extended periods to achieve the desired outcomes. In the end, therefore, the huge doses you have to consume for you to witness the benefits of SARMs result in Virilization.
The only good news that might keep you hope is that not all women have had this problem. A few cases have been reported of ladies who gained substantial amounts of muscle mass without developing male characteristics. This was especially more prevalent in women who were only looking for mild results. If you’re not looking for dramatic changes you might, therefore, be lucky enough to evade Virilization.
There are other medications designed to counter this problem. Yes, they are effective but the problem is that you will be consuming even more drugs. If your body can handle all these medications and if you don’t mind taking extra pills, then this may also be a solution for you.
Gynecomastia or the enlargement of male breast tissue is another problem associated with the usage of SARMs. Although not very rampant, when gynecomastia occurs it develops quite rapidly and can even lead to some pain around the breast.
Unlike injectable and oral testosterone and other bodybuilding products, gynecomastia is highly unlikely to happen especially if you consume moderate amounts of SARMs. When they occur, treatment can be done through the use of Clomid, Tribestan, and Nolvadex. These drugs help in reducing estrogen levels in the body thus preventing accumulation of fat around the breasts.
The more you dig into the side effects of SARMs the more you draw similarities between these supplements and other anabolic steroids. Baldness is yet another adverse reaction that is very common among steroid users. The only difference as far as we can tell is that baldness in SARMs’users is a bit slower compared to other steroids’ users.
Anyone already in the risk of going bald will have the process expedited if they start using SARMs. You can take comfort in the fact that not every SARM causes this problem. The sad thing, however, is that all SARMs that don’t lead to baldness are probably not very powerful. It’s therefore, possible to use SARMs without experiencing baldness but you will also have to settle for the less powerful ones. Products such as Anadrol and Dianabol have high androgenic properties meaning that the likelihood of going bald while using them is very high.
The bottom line is even though both SARMs and other steroids cause baldness, SARMs appear to be friendlier than the alternative.
- Slows production of natural testosterone
This is by far the most controversial effect of selective androgen receptor modulators. SARM manufacturers have spent a great deal of effort and finances to prove that their products do not interfere with the suppression of testosterone secretion but scientific studies continue to prove them wrong.
Some SARMs claim that they can lead to an increase in testosterone levels in the body. Clinical trials show that any increase in testosterone caused by SARMs will only last as long as one is using the product. If you were to stop taking the supplements, then the increase will stop immediately and your t-levels will gradually drop back to their initial level. The worst part, according to some scientists, is that if you take SARMs for an extended period then after some time production of natural testosterone will slow down. One trial, for instance, reported that using any SARM for more than 8 weeks will result in the slowed production of testosterone.
This effect has also been seen to be dependent on the specific product one is using. In some instance, secretion of testosterone can be affected after just 5 weeks!
It’s for effects like these that you are recommended to use SARMs in cycles with therapy plans in between. Depending on how powerful your product is, you will be asked to use it for between 4 to 12 weeks before you get into post cycle therapy.
You are also cautioned against products such as SARM S-23 which has been proven to have a significant impact in suppressing the production of natural testosterone.
For anyone still thinking about having children, consulting your physician before using any SARM is highly encouraged.
- Blurred Vision
This is a serious problem reported by various SARM users in different online platforms. The last thing you need is to lose your vision while chasing muscle mass. It’s just not worth it. You are, therefore, asked to be extra careful about where you purchase the supplement. Getting a high-quality product reduces the chances of experiencing this and any other side effects. If you happen to notice blurred or poor vision you are advised to stop using the supplement immediately. You should then talk to your doctor to explore other safer options and if there’s none the best way forward is to stay away from all SARMs.
Dr. Thomas O’Connor, author of America On Steroids and founder of the Men’s Health Clinic explains that in the last few years, he has come across different kinds of SARMs users seeking medical attention due to the above and other side effects. Another vital thing he noticed is the prevalent liver problems shared by most SARM users. He cautioned that using SARM puts too much stress on the liver thus damaging the crucial organ. The most prominent challenge in identifying the relationship between SARMs and liver problems is that almost all SARM users also take other kinds of supplements. It is hence very difficult to differentiate the impact of SARMs on the liver from other supplements. He also speaks of other minor side effects such as acne, irritability and diminished sex drive. Conclusively, he urges most of his patients to reduce the use of SARMs and other supplements.
We would also like to take an almost similar but slightly different stance on these supplements. Even though they are possibly harmful, there is a good number of athletes successfully using SARMs without any serious complications. It all comes down to a specific case and the type of SARM one uses. This is why we urge you to take them under the supervision of a physician.
Jonathan Deventer is a passionate Certified Personal Trainer who got his Master’s Degree in Human Kinetics at the Boise State University.
He specializes in steroids, peptides, SARMS and pre-workout supplements.
- BCAK Certified Exercise Physiologist
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