The Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. But the athlete lost the award because she was caught using the anabolic steroid metenolone (methenolone). She was asked to provide two samples. The substance metenolone presented in both urine samples.
If you read news related to steroid use in sports, you must know that professional sportspeople and bodybuilders are usually caught applying other steroids and/or doping products. But as for Nadzeya Ostapchuk, she was caught taking metenolone. It is strange, according to statements of anti-doping officers. What does this prohibited medication represent? Why don’t sportspersons ordinarily use this medication for increase of performance?
Metenolone belongs to anabolic steroids. It possesses weak androgenic properties. It acts like testosterone, enhancing muscle mass and adding endurance.
Although this drug possesses just weak androgenic nature, it causes development of sex male characteristics in women. Women that administer this medication may face common effects of virilization: the voice deepens; excessive hair grows on the face and on other parts of the body; etc.
This product can be taken orally or injectionally.
Metenolone (Methenolone) produces amazing effects, when it is taken by athletes during their workouts. It is not administered during competitions. It doesn’t work, if it is applied only on the day of a competition.
It is also confirmed that it is easy to detect those that apply this steroid.
Side effects of Metenolone (Methenolone) depend on measures that are applied. They include fluid retention, hypercalcaemia, bone growth, hirsutism, acne, hair loss, irregularities of menstrual cycles, enhanced sex drive, etc.
So, if you see a female athlete who has deep voice and excessive hair growth on the body, you may accuse her of doping. Actually, it is wrong because these troubles may occur also in those females who don’t apply any steroids. But sometimes these signs demonstrate that certain female athletes apply drugs that possess androgenic nature.