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Does Dianabol affect libido?
Bodybuilders and athletes who use Metandienone find that it can have a negative impact on their sex drive.
This primarily stems from the suppressive nature of powerful exogenous androgens like dbol to natural testosterone production in the body.
This article will review why Dianabol affects the libido and how to counteract those effects.
How Does A Dianabol-Only Cycle Impact Libido?
To understand why Dianabol hampers the libido, it’s best to first understand what this hormone is doing to the body.
While metandienone can increase lean muscle mass, it is also known for other side effects including shutting down natural Testosterone production.
Testosterone, the primary male hormone, is what fuels the sex drive (libido).
If Testosterone levels are wiped out through the use of an anabolic steroid, the sex drive also plummets.
For this reason, advanced bodybuilders will strongly recommend against cycling Dianabol without Testosterone.
Bodybuilders report that while taking Dbol only, libido is impacted.
But how does the Dianabol-only cycle compare to cycling Dianabol with other steroids? That answer depends on what steroid is being used.
Some steroids such as Deca-Durabolin can suppress natural Testosterone production in as little as one dose.
Milder steroids such as Anavar are known to only mildly suppress levels — not wipe them out completely.
In any case, it seems to be that unless a cycle includes Testosterone injections, natural Testosterone levels will fall and so will the libido.
Does Dianabol Increase Testosterone?
After just discussing that anabolic steroids can tend to suppress natural Testosterone levels, it seems like this question is a curveball.
Yet some bodybuilders still believe that Dianabol can increase Testosterone. Why is that myth still out there circulating?
The thought that a steroid might increase Testosterone levels partly stems from a 1993 study which compared steroid users and natural bodybuilders.
Interestingly, the steroid users who were currently on steroids, due to androgenic compounds, experienced an increase in sex drive.
However, the study clearly stated that — despite the desire for sexual relations — erectile issues were common.
As well, men typically felt the pronounced effects of lowered Testosterone after the cycle, not during.
The key takeaway from this point is that whatever increase in sex drive a man may experience on Dbol is temporary. Prolonged use of Dianabol will contribute to continued libido problems.
Men who ask “does dbol mess with libido” will find that answer to that is yes.
The truth is that using Dianabol can add androgens to the body, but added androgens does not equate with increased Testosterone.
Remember that Dianabol usage suppresses natural Testosterone production. When natural Testosterone production is suppressed, the body then experiences a decline in Testosterone.
How Dbol Affects Erectile Dysfunction
Using Dianabol can contribute to low libido, but it can also increase the risk for erectile dysfunction.
It’s easy to confuse the two terms, but they refer to different (yet related) issues. Low libido refers to low sex drive and decreased lack of desire.
Erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to have a satisfactory erection — regardless of desire. In men with healthy levels of Testosterone, the cause of erectile dysfunction is commonly a vascular (not hormonal issue).
ED occurs when the arteries of the penis become restricted, which prevents full blood flow. However, in men who do use anabolic steroids, erectile issues can be linked to low Testosterone levels.
Because there are men on multiple anabolic steroid forums complaining of impotence after using Dbol, it suggests there is a valid link between Dbol and erectile dysfunction.
Dbol lowers Testosterone levels, and overtime lowered Testosterone levels can affect many aspects of man’s fertility.
How Does Dianabol Affect Fertility?
Dianabol, due to lowered Testosterone levels, can contribute to lowered sperm count.
Bodybuilders who enjoy using Dianabol might wonder if steroid usage will contribute to testicular atrophy, and the answer to that is also yes.
The body works best when all of the hormones are in a balanced state called homeostasis.
When hormones are pumped into the body with performance-use of steroids, the body recognizes the onslaught of hormones and shuts down natural production.
Because the male body also shuts down the follicle-stimulating hormone, the gonads don’t get the memo to make more sperm.
Thus, anabolic steroids like Dianabol lead to lowered sperm count and shrunken testes.
To recap the effect of Dianabol on libido and fertility:
Dianabol can cause suppress natural Testosterone production
Lowered levels of Testosterone contribute to low libido, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, and testicular atrophy
Dianabol demonstrates negative effects on sperm count
Increasing Testosterone Naturally
Male bodybuilders who wish to avoid the side effects of low sex drive and erectile dysfunction may turn to natural solutions for boosting Testosterone levels.
Commonly used boosters include:
D-aspartic acid: An amino acid that is believed to boost Testosterone production.
In a 2009 study, researchers examined the role of D-aspartic acid first on rats and then on humans.
The study revealed that this amino acid increases the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) which then releases Testosterone.
This amino acid is found in protein rich food like chicken and beef, but it can also be purchased as a supplement.
Tribulus Terrestrus: Tribulus Terrestrus, an Ayurvedic herb, is commonly taken by men in the hopes of boosting the libido by raising Testosterone levels.
Testo-Max: A supplement sold through Crazy Bulk that contains 100% tribulus terrestrus.
Using Natural Alternatives
Note that none of the Testosterone boosters actually contain steroids, nor should they be considered “legal steroids.”
A natural booster cannot replicate the results of Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
These natural alternatives just “boost” levels, but the manufacturers would not claim that they can be used as a medical treatment.
Remember to consult your physician if you have concerns about your reproductive health, libido, erectile dysfunction, or infertility issues.
There are also natural supplements like D-bal that are inspired by the effects of Dianabol.
These will not generate the same degree of results at the gym as Dianabol, but they will support your bodybuilding goals without the risks that Dianabol poses to your libido.