Laboratory Anabolic Steroid Testing Kit

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Why Choose SteroidConfirm™ ?

+ All Logistics Included

Total Price Includes:

  • Full Test Kit: collection cup, mailer, specimen ID card
  • Preliminary Laboratory Screening
    • 50+ Anabolic Steroids Tested For
  • Optional MRO Reviewed Results w/Chain of Custody Form
  • Overnight Shipping in the US
  • Custom Logistical Support for International Locations

+ Information is Safe & Secure

Personal information is only viewed by trained personnel and results are sent to the authorized party only.

  • Each test includes a unique Requisition number.
  • Chain of Custody Forms included for MRO Review.
  • Personal information is never shared with a third party.
  • We will send the authorized party an email when results are ready.

+ Convenient Collection Kit

Designed for contractors, sports organizations, and workplaces.

  • All components included for qualified collectors*
  • Only takes a few minutes
  • We are available from 7:00am - 4:00pm PST M-F to answer your questions

*Read instructions thoroughly before you begin.

+ Accurate Lab Technology

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

The most sophisticated and sensitive technology available for steroid testing in comliance with reporting requirements. SteroidConfirm can accurately quantify substances well below the cut-off levels.

The huge range of substances (50+) that can be detected at a high clarity with easy readability of the results, differentiates this test from the multitude of cheaper steroid tests swarming the market today.

+ Easy to Read Laboratory Report

The laboratory report lists all steroids which have been tested for and provides an absent or positive quantiative result for each.

We also provide a T/E ratio if both are present over the concentration limit.

Results will be emailed to the authorized party within 5-10 business days after lab recevies specimen.

+ Laboratory Certifications

  • American Association of Bioanalysists (AAB)
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  • Heavy Metals Institute
  • DEA Licensed (To ensure all State and Federal standards for USP NF (797) Pain Drug (CSP) are followed)
  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Reviewed Findings

The CLIA-Accredited Laboratory uses state-of-the-art Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Mass Spectrometry X2 (GC/MS) technology to determine the amount of lead present.

+ MRO Report

A positive laboratory test result does not automatically identify an individual as an illegal steroid user. An individual with a detailed knowledge of possible alternative medical explanations is essential to the review of results. The Medical Review Officer (MRO) fulfills this function by reviewing the results with the donor and protecting the confidential nature of the donor's medical information. The MRO reviews all professional test results.

+ All Fees Included

Total Price Includes:

  • Full Test Kit: collection cup, mailer, specimen ID card
  • Tests 11 of the Most Common Anabolic Steroids
  • 100% Confidential Testing
  • Overnight Shipping* (shipping specimen to the lab)

*Shipping label included is only for the continental USA. For all other locations, we recommend a shipping method that is fast (2-4 day shipping recommended).

+ Information is Safe & Secure

Your personal information is only viewed by trained personnel with results available online via a secure website.

  • Each test includes a unique Requisition number and passcode for safe, secure reporting.
  • Personal information is never shared with a third party.
  • Opt in to receive email notifications while registering your test online.

+ Convenient Collection Kit

Designed for convenient use at home, school or in the workplace.

  • No special training required for sample collection*
  • Only takes a few minutes
  • We are available from 7:00am - 4:00pm PST M-F to answer your questions

*Read instructions thoroughly before you begin.

+ Accurate Lab Technology

Liquid Chromatography with tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS-MS)

Some of the most sophisticated and sensitive technology available for steroid testing. SteroidConfirm can accurately quantify substances well below the cut-off levels.

The 11 substances that it can detect at a high clarity with easy readability of the results, differentiates this test from the multitude of cheaper steroid tests swarming the market today.

+ Easy to Read Laboratory Report

The laboratory report lists all steroids which have been tested for and provides an absent or positive quantiative result for each.

We also provide a T/E ratio if both are present over the concentration limit.

Secure Online Results are available within 5-10 business days after lab receives specimen.

+ Laboratory Certifications

  • American Association of Bioanalysists (AAB)
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  • Heavy Metals Institute
  • DEA Licensed (To ensure all State and Federal standards for USP NF (797) Pain Drug (CSP) are followed)
  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Reviewed Findings

The CLIA-Accredited Laboratory uses state-of-the-art Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Mass Spectrometry X2 (GC/MS) technology to determine the amount of lead present.


How Does SteroidConfirm™ Work?

SteroidConfirm enables sports trainers, employers and parents to test individuals who they suspect may be abusing steroids. Simply take a urine specimen at home, in the workplace or at school, and mail to our laboratory using the included pre-paid shipping envelope.

Individuals:  Testing is anonymous; in order to retrieve results online you must retain your PIN that comes with your kit.

Businesses: You have the option to perform a confidential test, however most opt a test with a Chain of Custody Form for official uses. The Chain of Custody form and instructions are included in your kit and must be sent with the urine sample to laboratory for testing and verification by a Medical Review Officer. All Business kit results will be emailed, please provide the REQ# from the Chain of Custody for results.


Partnering with TestCountry and SteroidConfirm™ has many benefits including:

Detection of 50+ Anabolic Steroids

MRO reviewed results

Ability to collect samples anytime and anywhere

No additional lab or shipping fees

GC/MS technology for highly accurate results

Testimonials

 

“As a high school sports coordinator, I make sure that our athletes are not only excellent in their chosen fields, but also healthy and free from any performance-enhancing drugs. This test helps us keep our athletes steroid free. It should be what other sports coordinators and coaches in the U.S. should be thinking about.”

If you’re an individual looking for an over the counter

steroid test then you may be interested in our

SteroidConfirm At Home Steroid Test Kit.

No additional lab
or shipping fees

Results available in
approximately 5-10
business days

Sample collection
in the privacy of
your own home or
school


SteroidConfirm is an accurate and affordable diagnostic anabolic steroids test made to be convenient and accurate.

Traditionally, the abuse of anabolic steroids has been linked to athletes who want to improve their athletic performance. While this still remains the case for many steroid users, steroid abuse has also become prevalent among individuals, both men and more increasingly women, to increase muscle size and reduce body fat. Individuals of various ages abuse steroids, but it is the abuse among high school students that is becoming a problem.

SteroidConfirm Laboratory Steroid Test can detect the following anabolic steroids:


Why Steroid Screening is Important

Steroid abuse is a common problem among bodybuilders and athletes. However, because of the drug's capability to enhance physical appearance, it has become a drug of choice for teenagers and adults to look and feel good, regardless of whether they are athletes or not.

What some steroid users do not realize is that abusing the drug has dangerous side effects.

In females, steroid abuse can cause:

  • growth of facial hair
  • male-pattern baldness
  • changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle
  • enlargement of the clitoris
  • and a permanently deepened voice

In males, side effects include:

  • shrinking of the testicles
  • reduced sperm count
  • infertility
  • baldness
  • development of breasts
  • and increased risk for prostate cancer

Research also shows that steroid abuse can cause mood swings, depression, irritability, impaired judgment, delusions, and paranoia. These behavioral changes are likely to result in more serious problems at school, at home, or in the workplace.

At TestCountry, we offer a variety of steroid abuse urine tests for the accurate detection of steroid biomarkers in an individual's system. The urine test samples are analyzed by an accredited laboratory using state-of-the-art technology to determine if the suspected individual is using steroids illegally.

Steroid abuse tests are ideal for parents, employers, and sports coaches who want to find out whether or not their teenagers, employees or team members are using and abusing anabolic steroids.

Early detection of drug abuse allows you to help the individual to quit even before they are fully hooked or become a danger to other people in your household, workplace or team.


Steroid Screening FAQs

+ What is a Steroid?

A steroid is a terpenoid lipid characterized by a carbon skeleton with four fused rings. All steroids are made in cells either from the sterol lanosterol or the sterol cycloartenol. Both sterols are derived from the cyclization of the triterpene squalene.

+ What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids, also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids or AAS, are a class of steroid hormones related to the hormone testosterone which is known to build muscle tissue & to cause the development of male secondary sex characteristics. Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that can boost the body's ability to produce muscle and prevent muscle breakdown. Anabolic steroids are man made derivatives of the male hormone "testosterone".

+ How are Steroids Detected?

Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) or Liquid Chromatography with tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS-MS), the most sophisticated and sensitive technology available for the steroid testing community, SteroidConfirm™ can accurately quantify substances well below the cut-off levels. Each specimen is tested directly with this instrument - there is no screening process.

The added benefit of this procedure is the unsuppressed selectivity achieved by incorporating a collision cell. The GC/MS system not only measures each compound directly, but it also breaks apart the compounds in the collision cell to give a second parameter of identification for each compound. This methodology provides highly accurate results.

SteroidConfirm can detect a wide variety of illegal substances from the urine samples and makes cheating impossible for the participant. The innovative design of the sample collection device makes it easy to collect as well as allowing you to send the samples through the mail without damage or spilling of the sample ensuring the accuracy of the tests. The huge range of substances that it can detect and the high clarity and readability of the result reports differentiate this test from the multitude of cheaper steroid tests swarming the market today.

+ What is the Detection Window for Steroid Usage?

The window of detection for steroids varies drastically. At the low end of the spectrum the window is only 2-3 days. On the high end, a couple of months. Steroids, similar to THC, are not water soluble. With testosterone, because it occurs naturally, you will almost always detect the hormone. It is necessary to test for testosterone because the body adjusts natural production of the hormone when it is introduced to synthetic steroids, i.e. the levels of testosterone are usually off kilter. Please see half lives of the steroid test at the following link. Half lives show how long the detection period for the steroid testing kit would be.

SteroidConfirm also detects metabolite Methandrostenolone (Dianabol).

The duration the drugs last in someone's system can also vary greatly depending on the amount consumed, a person's metabolism, other physical characteristics, and whether or not someone chronically uses the drug. Lastly, there is no "set" amount of time that we screen for - it all depends on the individual.

Some of the factors that can influence steroid detection times may be:

  • Metabolism
  • Fluid intake
  • Tolerance to the substance intake
  • Frequency of intake
  • Duration of intake
  • Body fat
  • Potency of steroids used
  • Dosage of steroids used

+ How do Steroids Work?

Various steroids (of which testosterone is one) have been taken to enhance muscle development, strength, or endurance. They do so directly by increasing the muscles' protein synthesis. As a result muscle fibers become larger and repair faster than the average person's. It may cause increases in muscle bulk, mood change (aggression), hair loss, deepened voice, acne and infertility as the side effects.

+ What are the Side Effects of Steroids?

Steroid use is well known to increase the risk for certain medical conditions. Although many of the physiological and psychological changes associated with anabolic steroid use may be transient (e.g. lipid profile changes, elevated blood pressure, acne), individuals with underlying disease may be at risk for serious adverse events. In women, some of the masculinizing effects from steroid may be permanent, and steroid use by adolescent males may prematurely arrest longitudinal bone growth, resulting in prematurely reaching their maximum height.

+ What are the Medical Uses of Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids have been used by physicians for many purposes like Bone marrow stimulation, Growth stimulation, Stimulation of appetite and preservation and increase of muscle mass, Induction of male puberty, hormone replacement therapy.

+ What are the Adverse Effects of Anabolic Steroids?

Most of its side effects are dose dependent. The most common are blood pressure with pre-existing hypertension, harmful changes in cholesterol levels. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary artery disease, enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle, cardiac arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death.

+ What are the Effects of the Steroid Boldenone Undecylenate?

It is a derivative of testosterone, which exhibits strong anabolic and moderately androgenic properties. The undecylenate ester greatly extends the activity of the drug. As with all steroids, this compound shows a marked ability for increasing red blood cell production. Equipoise is not a rapid mass builder, but will provide a slow but steady gain of strength and quality muscle mass. The most positive effects of this drug are seen when it is used for longer cycles, usually lasting at least 10 weeks in length. So, in recent years this compound has become a favorite among athletes

+ What is the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)?

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms at the international level. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the Olympic movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, out-ofcompetition testing, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code.

+ Why is the Use of Anabolic Steroids Banned by all Major Sporting Bodies?

Anabolic steroids are used in medicine to stimulate bone growth and appetite, induce male puberty. They also produce increases in muscle mass and physical strength. So it is banned by all major sporting bodies like WTA, ITF, International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UEFA, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the European Athletic Association and the National Football League.

+ What Exactly is an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV)?

Determination that one of the following rule violations listed in the Code has occurred:

*The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's bodily specimen;

*Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method;

*Refusing, or failing without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection after notification, as authorized in applicable antidoping rules or otherwise evading sample collection;

*Violation of applicable requirements regarding athlete availability for out-of-competition testing, including failure to provide whereabouts information and missed tests which are declared based on reasonable rules;

*Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of doping control;

*Possession of prohibited substances and methods;

*Trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method;

*Administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or prohibited method to any athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted violation.

+ What is a WADA-Accredited Laboratory?

Anti-doping laboratory accredited by WADA in compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories, applying test methods and processes to provide evidentiary data for the detection and, if applicable, quantification of a threshold substance on he Prohibited List in urine and other biological samples. WADA has been responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting antidoping laboratories since 2004.

+ Why are the Doping Tests Being Conducted so Regularly in the Sports Fraternity?

As various anabolic steroids simulate testosterone in building the muscle mass and physical strength, they are thus frequently abused in different types of professional sports to enhance strength, physique & develop endurance to attain a competitive edge or to assist in recovery from injury. Such use is prohibited by the rules of the governing bodies of many sports. So, a diverse array of tests are designed to detect and deter performance-enhancing drugs abuse by competitors in various sports & every year over 100,000 drug tests are conducted worldwide at a whooping cost of $30 million.

+ What is a Steroid Cycle?

A steroid cycle is a term commonly used to describe a period in time where an individual intakes anabolic steroids. The longer the body's endogenous supply of testosterone is suppressed, the harder it will be for their hypothalamus/pituitary/testicular axis (HPTA) to recover. More serious health risks are associated with longer cycles.

+ How is T/E Ratio Measured?

T/E ratios are detected by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry according to the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee. Measurement of the ratio of testosterone (T) and epitestosterone (E) in urine has been used as an indication of ‘natural' steroid supplementation for over a decade. The direct measurement of the glucuronide and sulfate conjugates of testosterone and epitestosterone by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS) has been proposed recently & is expected to resolve a number of issues regarding unusual metabolism due to either genetic disposition or attempts to avoid detection of abuse.

+ What Sort of T/E Ratio is Indicative of Steroid Abuse?

The T/E ratio greater than 4:1 in the urine of a person indicates steroid abuse unless there is evidence to the contrary i.e. unless there is convincing evidence that this ratio is due to a physiological or pathological condition. In case the T/E ratio is found to be greater than 4:1, it is mandatory for relevant medical authorities to conduct an investigation before the sample is declared positive. A T/E ratio higher than 6:1 was used to be considered as proof of abuse in the past; however, cases of naturally occurring higher T/E ratios have been described.

+ Why is Epitestosterone Banned by Many Sporting Authorities Even Though it Does Not Enhance Athletic Performance?

Since administration of epitestosterone is frequently done to mask a high level of testosterone if the standard T/E ratio test is used. As such, epitestosterone is banned by many sporting authorities being a well known masking agent for testosterone.Thus a wide range of diagnostic tests have been developed to determine the testosterone to epitestosterone ratio in athletes who are accused of doping.

+ What is Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF)?

Report from a WADA-accredited laboratory or other WADA-approved testing entity that identifies in a doping control sample the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers or evidence of the use of a prohibited method. An adverse analytical finding does not necessarily lead to an anti-doping rule violation, since an athlete may have a Therapeutic Use Exemption for this particular substance. An adverse analytical finding may also correspond to a measurement performed on an athlete as part of a longitudinal study.

+ What is Stacking?

"Stacking" of steroids is a practice used that incorporates the administration of two or more steroids or illicit muscle building agents simultaneously. Stacking will often gradually increase the amount used over the course of weeks and then taper the use toward the end of the cycle (duration of time used). There are numerous reasons why bodybuilders stack drugs. The principal reason is probably effectiveness. Combining multiple drugs into the same stack often produces what's called a synergistic effect. In simple terms this means that each drug in the stack magnifies or boosts the effectiveness of the others.

Laboratory Anabolic Steroid Testing Kit

Are you an organization in need of bulk laboratory steroid testing for your employees, students or athletes?

Partnering with TestCountry and SteroidConfirm has many benefits including:

Detection of 50+ Anabolic Steroids

MRO reviewed results

Ability to collect samples in your workplace

No additional lab or shipping fees

GC/MS technology for highly accurate results

Testimonials

 

“As a high school sports coordinator, I make sure that our athletes are not only excellent in their chosen fields, but also healthy and free from any performance-enhancing drugs. This test helps us keep our athletes steroid free. It should be what other sports coordinators and coaches in the U.S. should be thinking about.”

If you’re an individual looking for an over the counter steroid test then you may be interested in our SteroidConfirm At Home Steroid Test Kit.

No additional lab
or shipping fees

Results available in approximately 7-10 business days

Sample collection in the privacy of your own home or school

SteroidConfirm is an accurate and affordable diagnostic anabolic steroids test made to be convenient and accurate.

Traditionally, the abuse of anabolic steroids has been linked to athletes who want to improve their athletic performance. While this still remains the case for many steroid users, steroid abuse has also become prevalent among individuals, both men and more increasingly women, to increase muscle size and reduce body fat. Individuals of various ages abuse steroids, but it is the abuse among high school students that is becoming a problem.

SteroidConfirm Laboratory Steroid Test can detect the following anabolic:

Secure Online Results are available within 7-9 days after lab receives specimen.

ALL FEES INCLUDED

There are no additional charges for this test. The test price includes all lab analysis and express shipping fees (shipping of specimen to the lab). Shipping label included is only good for shipping from the continental USA only. For all other locations, we recommend a shipping method that is fast (2-4 day shipping recommended).

YOUR INFORMATION IS SAFE AND SECURE
Your personal information is only viewed by trained personnel and results are available online via our secure website. Each test comes with a unique Specimen ID number and passcode for safe, secure reporting. Your personal information is never shared with a third party.

Results are available approx. 3-9 business days upon receipt of the sample by the laboratory. Upon registration of our test, opt in to receive email notifications and we will send you an email when your results are ready.

In the case of professional tests, you will receive two results: the initial lab analysis report and also the MRO report.


HOW DOES THE TEST WORK? 
SteroidConfirm enables sports trainers, employers and parents to test individuals who they suspect may be abusing steroids. Simply take a urine specimen at home, in the workplace or at school, and mail to our laboratory using the pre-paid shipping pak. You have the option to perform a confidential test (no personal information is required) or a test with a Chain of Custody*

CONVENIENT COLLECTION KIT
Our collection kit is designed for convenient use at home, school or in the workplace and collection of the urine sample takes only a few minutes. There is no special training required for sample collection, however we do advise that you ready the instructions thoroughly before you begin the test. We are available from 8:00am - 5:00pm PST Monday thru Friday to answer your questions.

INNOVATION SPECIMEN COLLECTOR DESIGN
The urine collection device is as innovative as our testing process. A syringe within a sealable tube minimizes accidental spills or specimens destroyed in transport. This design provides ample volume of the specimen for the lab and is less bulky than urine transport cups.

 

ACCURATE LAB TECHNOLOGY
Using Liquid Chromatograph Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), the most sophisticated and sensitive technology available for the steroid testing community, SteroidConfirm can accurately quantify substances well below the cut-off levels. Each specimen is tested directly with this instrument - there is no screening process.

The added benefit of Tandem Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS) is the unsuppressed selectivity achieved by incorporating a collision cell. The LC/MS/MS system not only measures each compound directly, but it also breaks apart the compounds in the collision cell to give a second parameter of identification for each compound. This methodology provides highly accurate results.

SteroidConfirm can detect a wide variety of illegal substances from the urine samples and makes cheating impossible for the participant. The innovative design of the sample collection device makes it easy to collect as well as allowing you to send the samples through the mail without damage or spilling of the sample ensuring the accuracy of the tests. The huge range of substances that it can detect and the high clarity and readability of the result reports differentiate this test from the multitude of cheaper steroid tests swarming the market today.

EASY TO READ LABORATORY REPORT
Our laboratory report shows the complete listing of steroids which have been tested for and provides an absent or positive result for each agent, except for Epitestosterone (E) and Testosterone (T) which occur naturally in the body. We will provide you with a T/E ratio if both are present over the concentration limit.

MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER'S REPORT
An essential part of the steroid test is the final review of results. A positive laboratory test result does not automatically identify an individual as an illegal steroid user. An individual with a detailed knowledge of possible alternative medical explanations is essential to the review of results. The Medical Review Officer (MRO) fulfills this function by reviewing the results with the donor and protecting the confidential nature of the donor's medical information.

The MRO reviews all professional test results.

 

CERTIFICATIONS INCLUDE: 
- AAB American Association of Bioanalysists
- CLIA Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
- Heavy Metals Institute
- DEA Licensed (To ensure all State and Federal standards for USP NF (797) Pain Drug (CSP) are followed)

The CLIA-Accredited Laboratory uses state-of-the-art Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Mass Spectrometry X2 (LC/MS/MS) technology to determine the amount of lead present.

DETECTION TIME FRAME 
The window of detection for steroids varies drastically. At the low end of the spectrum the window is only 2-3 days. On the high end, a couple of months. Steroids, similar to THC, are not water soluble. With testosterone, because it occurs naturally, you will almost always detect the hormone. It is necessary to test for testosterone because the body adjusts natural production of the hormone when it is introduced to synthetic steroids, i.e. the levels of testosterone are usually off kilter. Please see half lives of the steroid test at the following link (www.steroidconfirm.com/Steroid_Half-Lives.pdf ). Half lives show how long the detection period for the steroid testing kit would be.

Steroid Confirm also detects metabolite Methandrostenolone (Dianabol).


Steroid abuse is a common problem among bodybuilders and athletes. However, because of the drug's capability to enhance physical appearance, it has become a drug of choice for teenagers and adults to look and feel good, regardless of whether they are athletes or not.

What some steroid users do not realize is that abusing the drug has dangerous side effects.

In females, steroid abuse can cause:

  • growth of facial hair;
  • male-pattern baldness;
  • changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle;
  • enlargement of the clitoris;
  • and a permanently deepened voice.

In males, side effects include:

  • shrinking of the testicles;
  • reduced sperm count;
  • infertility;
  • baldness;
  • development of breasts;
  • and increased risk for prostate cancer.

Research also shows that steroid abuse can cause mood swings, depression, irritability, impaired judgment, delusions, and paranoia. These behavioral changes are likely to result in more serious problems at school, at home, or in the workplace.

At TestCountry, we offer a variety of steroid abuse urine tests for the accurate detection of steroid biomarkers in an individual's system. The urine test samples are analyzed by an accredited laboratory using state-of-the-art technology to determine if the suspected individual is using steroids illegally.

Steroid abuse tests are ideal for parents, employers, and sports coaches who want to find out whether or not their teenagers, employees or team members are using and abusing anabolic steroids.

Early detection of drug abuse allows you to help the individual to quit even before they are fully hooked or become a danger to other people in your household, workplace or team.


What is a steroid?

A steroid is a terpenoid lipid characterized by a carbon skeleton with four fused rings. All steroids are made in cells either from the sterol lanosterol or the sterol cycloartenol. Both sterols are derived from the cyclization of the triterpene squalene.

What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids, also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids or AAS, are a class of steroid hormones related to the hormone testosterone which is known to build muscle tissue & to cause the development of male secondary sex characteristics. Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that can boost the body's ability to produce muscle and prevent muscle breakdown. Anabolic steroids are man made derivatives of the male hormone "testosterone".

How do steroids work?

Various steroids (of which testosterone is one) have been taken to enhance muscle development, strength, or endurance. They do so directly by increasing the muscles' protein synthesis. As a result muscle fibers become larger and repair faster than the average person's. It may cause increases in muscle bulk, mood change (aggression), hair loss, deepened voice, acne and infertility as the side effects.

What are the medical uses of anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids have been used by physicians for many purposes like Bone marrow stimulation, Growth stimulation, Stimulation of appetite and preservation and increase of muscle mass, Induction of male puberty, hormone replacement therapy.

 

What are the side effects of steroids?

Steroid use is well known to increase the risk for certain medical conditions. Although many of the physiological and psychological changes associated with anabolic steroid use may be transient (e.g. lipid profile changes, elevated blood pressure, acne), individuals with underlying disease may be at risk for serious adverse events. In women, some of the masculinizing effects from steroid may be permanent, and steroid use by adolescent males may prematurely arrest longitudinal bone growth, resulting in prematurely reaching their maximum height.

What are the adverse effects of anabolic steroids?

Most of its side effects are dose dependent. The most common are blood pressure with pre-existing hypertension, harmful changes in cholesterol levels. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary artery disease, enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle, cardiac arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death.

What are the effects of the steroid Boldenone Undecylenate?

It is a derivative of testosterone, which exhibits strong anabolic and moderately androgenic properties. The undecylenate ester greatly extends the activity of the drug. As with all steroids, this compound shows a marked ability for increasing red blood cell production. Equipoise is not a rapid mass builder, but will provide a slow but steady gain of strength and quality muscle mass. The most positive effects of this drug are seen when it is used for longer cycles, usually lasting at least 10 weeks in length. So, in recent years this compound has become a favorite among athletes

What is WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)?

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms at the international level. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the Olympic movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, out-ofcompetition testing, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code.

Why is the use of anabolic steroids banned by all major sporting bodies?

Anabolic steroids are used in medicine to stimulate bone growth and appetite, induce male puberty. They also produce increases in muscle mass and physical strength. So it is banned by all major sporting bodies like WTA, ITF, International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UEFA, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the European Athletic Association and the National Football League.

What exactly is an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) ?

Determination that one of the following rule violations listed in the Code has occurred: *The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's bodily specimen; *Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method; *Refusing, or failing without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection after notification, as authorized in applicable antidoping rules or otherwise evading sample collection; *Violation of applicable requirements regarding athlete availability for out-of-competition testing, including failure to provide whereabouts information and missed tests which are declared based on reasonable rules; *Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of doping control; *Possession of prohibited substances and methods; *Trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method; *Administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or prohibited method to any athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted violation.

What is a WADA-Accredited Laboratory?

Anti-doping laboratory accredited by WADA in compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories, applying test methods and processes to provide evidentiary data for the detection and, if applicable, quantification of a threshold substance on he Prohibited List in urine and other biological samples. WADA has been responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting antidoping laboratories since 2004.

Why are the doping tests being conducted so regularly in the sports fraternity?

As various anabolic steroids simulate testosterone in building the muscle mass and physical strength, they are thus frequently abused in different types of professional sports to enhance strength, physique & develop endurance to attain a competitive edge or to assist in recovery from injury. Such use is prohibited by the rules of the governing bodies of many sports. So, a diverse array of tests are designed to detect and deter performance-enhancing drugs abuse by competitors in various sports & every year over 100,000 drug tests are conducted worldwide at a whooping cost of $30 million.

What is a steroid cycle?

A steroid cycle is a term commonly used to describe a period in time where an individual intakes anabolic steroids. The longer the body's endogenous supply of testosterone is suppressed, the harder it will be for their hypothalamus/pituitary/testicular axis (HPTA) to recover. More serious health risks are associated with longer cycles.

How is T/E ratio measured?

T/E ratios are detected by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry according to the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee. Measurement of the ratio of testosterone (T) and epitestosterone (E) in urine has been used as an indication of ‘natural' steroid supplementation for over a decade. The direct measurement of the glucuronide and sulfate conjugates of testosterone and epitestosterone by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS) has been proposed recently & is expected to resolve a number of issues regarding unusual metabolism due to either genetic disposition or attempts to avoid detection of abuse.

What sort of T/E ratio is indicative of steroid abuse?

The T/E ratio greater than 4:1 in the urine of a person indicates steroid abuse unless there is evidence to the contrary i.e. unless there is convincing evidence that this ratio is due to a physiological or pathological condition. In case the T/E ratio is found to be greater than 4:1, it is mandatory for relevant medical authorities to conduct an investigation before the sample is declared positive. A T/E ratio higher than 6:1 was used to be considered as proof of abuse in the past; however, cases of naturally occurring higher T/E ratios have been described.

Why is epitestosterone banned by many sporting authorities even though it does not enhance athletic performance in any way?

Since administration of epitestosterone is frequently done to mask a high level of testosterone if the standard T/E ratio test is used. As such, epitestosterone is banned by many sporting authorities being a well known masking agent for testosterone.Thus a wide range of diagnostic tests have been developed to determine the testosterone to epitestosterone ratio in athletes who are accused of doping.

 

What is Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF)?

Report from a WADA-accredited laboratory or other WADA-approved testing entity that identifies in a doping control sample the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers or evidence of the use of a prohibited method. An adverse analytical finding does not necessarily lead to an anti-doping rule violation, since an athlete may have a Therapeutic Use Exemption for this particular substance. An adverse analytical finding may also correspond to a measurement performed on an athlete as part of a longitudinal study.

What is the window detection for steroid usage?

The duration the drugs last in someone's system vary greatly depending on the amount consumed, a person's metabolism, other physical characteristics, and whether or not someone chronically uses the drug. Lastly, there is no "set" amount of time that we screen for - it all depends on the individual.

Some of the factors that can influence steroid detection times may be:

  • Metabolism
  • Fluid intake
  • Tolerance to the substance intake
  • Frequency of intake
  • Duration of intake
  • Body fat
  • Potency of steroids used
  • Dosage of steroids used

What is Stacking?

"Stacking" of steroids is a practice used that incorporates the administration of two or more steroids or illicit muscle building agents simultaneously. Stacking will often gradually increase the amount used over the course of weeks and then taper the use toward the end of the cycle (duration of time used). There are numerous reasons why bodybuilders stack drugs. The principal reason is probably effectiveness. Combining multiple drugs into the same stack often produces what's called a synergistic effect. In simple terms this means that each drug in the stack magnifies or boosts the effectiveness of the others.