Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are used by people who want to have a competitive edge. Most of the time these drugs are used by bodybuilders and professional athletes. The satisfaction of becoming a star on a team or representing your country becomes too great and PEDs is what opens the door for these athletes to shine. By taking these drugs you are giving yourself an advantage over players by using a substance that improves your abilities to perform. As good as these drugs sound, there are a lot more bad qualities than there are good.
Most people think that PEDs just consist of steroids but they are wrong. There is a drug by the name of Erythropoietin that increase the count of someones red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, so if one can increase his/her red blood cell count, there will be more oxygen going through ones muscles. This is just one example and there are many more that are more effective.
The people who use PEDs are putting their bodies at risk for a temporary boost of performance. The effects of these drugs can differ between genders and different drugs have different effects on the body. Anabolic steroids come with severe physical side effects such as acne, high blood pressure, risk of tendinitis, and more. If one consumes Gonadotropin side effects could include joint pain, muscle weakness, diabetes, and fluid retention. Taking these drugs effects someones in a lot more bad ways than good.
This is a very touchy topic to me because me being an athlete, all I want is a fair chance. For someone to cheat and use anything for them to get an unfair edge sickens me. Me personally I will never use any type of unfair advantage to get myself better. I believe the only way you will ever progress is if you show hard work and dedication to whatever you want to get better at, no matter what it is or what level you are on.