Potential side effects are different between men and women. Common effects seen in men is jaundice, baldness, acne, breast tissue development, permanent liver damage and/or liver tumors and heart problems. Common side effects for women include jaundice, permanent deepening of their voice, increased facial hair, acne, permanent liver damage, heart problems and problems with their menstrual cycle. This list is not exhaustive, there are several other short and long-term side effects that are caused by steroid use. Most of the effects will gradually get better after cessation of the drug. However, there are grave and permanent risks involved whether the anabolic steroid is taken orally or with an injection.
A bridge is a period of anabolic steroid supplementation that occurs in-between full blown cycles, and is normally a more advanced performance enhancement practice. For most men, discontinuing the use of all anabolic steroids for a decent length of time is the best route to take as it allows the body to normalize. However, this isn't always an option. In most cases, a bridge will be a four to eight week period between full-blown cycles. The most common bridge is a low dose of testosterone and perhaps the continuation of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) if it was used during the actual cycle. While testosterone is the most common, a Proviron cycle during a bridge is a solid option; after all, it has the ability to provide more free testosterone. This isn't the most effective bridge, but it can be attempted. If this type of Proviron cycle is used, once again HGH can be included, and if available Dianabol at a dose of 10mg per day if the total bridge is only four weeks as this will provide total androgen replacement.