Candice was asked if she was going to stop using steroids, ‘I think it would do more harm than good,’ she explains.
‘I’d lose all the muscles but I wouldn’t lose all the masculine qualities like the facial hair and the deep voice… It doesn’t really go back. ‘If I was to try and reverse that, I’d need the same sort of procedures as a male becoming a woman.’
She’s happy how it all turned out: ‘It’s opened doors and enabled me to develop myself the way I want to,’ she says.
‘It’s given the opportunity to live out one of my dreams. I’ve started doing a bit of drag and I love it. I’ve always wanted to do a bit of drag!’
She adds: ‘If I get called a tranny and a faggot when I walk out on the street anyway, I think why not make something of it!’
Steroid abuse can also affect the heart (cardiovascular system) and cholesterol (lipid profile). Generally, in studies where steroids are abused, HDL-cholesterol (the good stuff) declines, and LDL-cholesterol tends to go up. Yeah, the good cholesterol goes down and the bad cholesterol goes up. In a related area, the heart often has to work harder because of this, and there also seems to be a steroid-related mild hypertrophy of the left ventricle which is accompanied by a decreased diastolic relaxation. This is very unclear, as regards steroid use, with regards to potential for reversibility and what portion is due to steroid use and what portion is due to training, which also increases ventricle size. Also in a related vein (ha ha) are increases in diastolic blood pressure. All of this increases risk for cardiovascular disease.