Why is it ok for post-menopausal women to take estrogen, which is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, but it is taboo for men to take testosterone? What is the difference between estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)? They are both forms of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) designed to return hormone levels to the normal range for someone of a certain age and gender.
Do we care more about creating a “level playing field” in baseball than we do about our own health and wellbeing? The word “steroids” has been victim to so much stereotyping, so many unfounded rumors and quick-science, that the mere mention that you’re taking testosterone sends friends and family members into a panic – as if you’re setting out to destroy your life and become some gigantic freak bodybuilder.
Speaking of gigantic freak bodybuilders, I don’t see anything wrong with that either. If an adult wants to risk their own health to change the way they look, what business is that of federal, state and local governments? Are they going to make plastic surgery illegal? It is essentially the same issue (risking your health to look “better”) with the only difference being that many, MANY more people die, are disfigured permanently, and are permanently disabled due to plastic surgery every year than those who take steroids.
But back to the point at hand… It is a double standard, a downright sickening hypocrisy, that HRT for women is almost universally accepted as “healthcare”, while HRT for men is almost universally rejected as “steroid abuse”. As this website matures I will be further elaborating on this issue, as it is one that happens to be of great interest to me.