Steroid use is one of the more controversial things that a bodybuilder can do. However, it is not always illegal and not all sports ban its use, especially when the person is not a professional competitor. While it is not generally advised that a bodybuilder use steroids for purposes of building up muscles due to the potential health risks, there are ways of minimizing the risk of steroid abuse. If you keep in mind some basic considerations, and apply some basic safeguards.
In the United States, steroids are considered a Class III drug, meaning that it is illegal to possess or sell them without a prescription or license, as applicable. Given the large number of potential health risks that steroids pose, it is important to obtain that prescription before using steroids; a doctor’s permission may not prevent the occurrence of any of those problems, but it does mean that the doctor was able to screen you and make sure that you have limited risk from those problems. In a lot of ways getting a doctor’s permission is the first major safeguard against steroid problems. You should also check to see if there are any local laws in place prohibiting steroid use, or if your sport has its own steroid prohibitions in place.
If you use needles, apply basic needle safety rules. You should be able to obtain a prescription for needs at the same time you obtain a steroid prescription, making it easy to obtain clean needles. If not, look around and find a place that sells needles, even if there may be some restrictions on purchase; some places may only allow the purchase of a single package of syringes without a prescription. Not sharing needles goes without saying, even if you totally trust the person you are debating sharing the needles. You should also avoid using a syringe more than once in order to avoid the possibility of infection; once a needle hits the air it is only a matter of time before it is too dirty for use, and disposing of it immediately as proscribed by local rules is safest.
If you do use steroids, make sure that you monitor your health, even informally, given the number of potential complications. There are enough risks as is, so there is no reason to make steroid use any less safe than necessary. Steroids can be used responsibly, so make sure that you do so.