The use of anabolic steroids by female bodybuilders is an issue which sparks controversy in media circles and a degree of secrecy in the world of bodybuilding. Ask any male competitor what drugs he uses on and off season and you will usually get a fairly honest response (some are even prone to exaggeration!). On the other hand, steroid use in the female bodybuilding world is still shrouded, to some extent, in a veil of secrecy. Few women will open up (except possibly to their closest friends) and reveal exactly which anabolic substances they're using.
Welcome to the first in a series where I will be turning the spotlight on some of our amazing female readers. The first lady to take center stage is Melissa Di Bernardo who did her first show back in June 2005 as an INBF competitor.Melissa is the first to admit that she ‘sucked' at her first attempt but, she was quick to step up her game, getting back on stage in October of the same year and scooping up the overall titles in both figure and bodybuilding at the INBF Natural NY Championships
Reproductive function is a significant health concern for both male and female athletes and, for those who use anabolic steroids, the concern becomes even greater. Whilst men may experience changes in libido and natural testosterone production, the effect training, dieting and anabolic steroid use has on the female body is immediately noticed via changes in the menstrual cycle. In fact, many female athletes report menstrual irregularities or amenorrhea (the absence of periods for 3-12 months). There are several reasons for this disruption in the normal menstrual cycle, the most frequent cause being a dysfunction at the hypothalamic level - often referred to as functional hypothalamic amenorrhea.
So what if I told you I met someone who only competed 4 times before turning pro, competed in one of the most competitive pro shows in the industry and made top 10, tried out for the US Olympic Track & Field Team and nearly made it within 1 inch of qualifying, started her own real estate business... and just turned 29 in February?
Beautiful women with beautiful bodies are not too hard to come by in this biz. Their prevalence is such that we have come to expect scintillating examples of the female form at every turn. Be it the Arnold or Olympia expos, national level bodybuilding contests, or various trade shows that support our industry, it's a foregone conclusion that you will be stumbling over more mad hot women than any other place on Earth.