Can we make a blood donation during a steroid cycle?

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Blood is an essential element for the life of every human being. Blood, indispensable as it is, can also save lives. It is exactly with that unselfish and humanist purpose that national campaigns are organised every year to gather and donate blood.

Therefore, any healthy person can voluntarily donate blood. Once extracted, blood will be stored before being used for a transfusion into patients in need.

Blood donation is an anonymous and voluntary act. It cannot benefit a particular patient or be used for business.

On the other hand, in order to preserve the donor’s health and guarantee the health of possible recipients, blood donation is subject to several criteria. In general, these criteria are related to the following factors: age, weight, medical history, etc. Remember that there are many clinical therapies that are incompatible with blood donation because medications used in these therapies could contaminate the donor’s blood. So, what about the steroid treatment?

Can athletes, bodybuilders and all lovers of steroids donate their blood whenever they want ?

From an ethical point of view, it is not advisable to donate blood during a cycle with anabolic steroids. There is a reason why for this, given that anabolic steroids are not allowed in many countries. From this point of view, it is normal that those who are in the middle of a cycle of anabolic steroids cannot donate their blood.

How can an anabolic steroid cycle alter the blood ?

It is said that anabolic steroids raise testosterone levels in the body. Testosterone is the hormone that characterises the appearance of male attributes such as hair, strength and development of muscle tissue, deep voice, etc. Its natural production is managed by the HPTA axis, located at the level of the hypothalamus. Indeed, the HPTA axis sends messages to the LH and FSH hormones to get the production of testosterone and sperm started. During an anabolic steroid cycle, there is both synthetic testosterone and natural testosterone inside the body. Given this excess, the HPTA axis will order an interruption of the natural production of testosterone to restore a certain balance in the body.

By way of conclusion, an abnormal increase in testosterone could block the natural secretion of testosterone. This could have very serious consequences for the health if the anabolic steroid cycle did not have, at the end, a cycle of later relaunch to stimulate the axis of HPTA again to re-launch the natural production of testosterone.

What are the chances that a 0.5L blood sample contain enough testosterone to damage the health of the recipient?

Different investigations have shown that there is only 0.05mg of testosterone in a 0.5L blood sample in the full cycle of anabolic steroids. A surplus of 0.05mg of testosterone is negligible even for women. This amount could never cause harm to the recipient’s body.

Scientifically speaking, a cycle with anabolic steroids is not enough reason to avoid blood donation. The cycle does not affect the donation. Therefore, the donor can safely use the blood of a consumer of anabolic steroids.

Some may want to donate blood because an extraction of blood could be beneficial to reduce the rate of haematocrit, which is usually high during the cycle. In fact, anabolic steroids have the property of stimulating red blood cells production. They can also have an influence on the increase of certain proteins. All this can lead to an increase in the concentration of cells in the blood. A donation can be used to have one’s blood renewed.

In conclusion, anabolic steroids can trigger side effects during unstructured cycles, but they are completely harmless in a blood donation. During a cycle, a donation can be made with total peace of mind. The recipient has nothing to fear, since the elements that could trigger the adverse effects of anabolic steroids are negligible in a blood bag.

Prohibition is more a matter of ethics and morals, especially in countries where the use of steroids is prohibited without medical prescription.

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