Steroids contain synthetically produced testosterone, which is a naturally occurring hormone in the human body. Taking a course of steroids increases testosterone production rapidly and makes it easier to gain muscle mass. Steroid use and abuse were once common only among bodybuilders. However, they have become prevalent in mainstream society. Here are eight women whose bodies and lives changed forever once they started using and abusing steroids.
Denise Rutkowski is a former fitness model and bodybuilder who appeared on many magazine covers and competed in several high-profile competitions in the 1990s. She even managed to finish in second place in the famed annual bodybuilding competition Mrs. Olympia in 1993. In 2012, Rutkowski was arrested for evading arrest and is well known for having a problem with hard drugs. Although some people blame her appearance on drug addiction alone, there is no question that her facial hair was caused by almost two decades of steroid use. Rutkowski has never undergone a sex change, so her ‘after’ photo is a shocking reminder of how masculine a woman can get after years of steroid abuse.
Joanna Clare Thomas
Joanna Clare Thomas became interested in bodybuilding at the age of fourteen when she came across a magazine about the sport. Thomas joined a gym and grew from a 107-pound fourteen-year-old into a 198-pound sixteen-year-old after following a strict weight program for two years. Thomas is famous for becoming the youngest female to ever earn her professional bodybuilding card, known as the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro Card, at the age of 21. She achieved this when she won the 1998 British Championships. Thomas appeared in the 2005 film Supersize She, a documentary about her preparations for the 2004 Mrs. Olympia contest. Thomas currently resides in Florida and is still active in the gym, hoping to compete in bodybuilding again sometime in the near future.