Most bodybuilders have the stigma of being considered steroids freaks. It’s an unfortunate viewpoint that people in the fitness industry have to deal with. It can’t be avoided, it won’t go away. Steroids in fitness and bodybuilding will forever be a constant. But the truth of the matter is that not everyone is on steroids. Many people just train hard and bust their ass in the gym. Some people love to throw labels around simply because they see improvement in others, athletes or otherwise. Steroids accusations these days are becoming more of a reason to make excuses for not achieving personal improvement and people in the fitness industry are taking note.
Transdermal patches (adhesive patches placed on the skin) may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. Testosterone-containing creams and gels that are applied daily to the skin are also available, but absorption is inefficient (roughly 10%, varying between individuals) and these treatments tend to be more expensive. Individuals who are especially physically active and/or bathe often may not be good candidates, since the medication can be washed off and may take up to six hours to be fully absorbed. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses. Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes.