Steroid is a type of organic compound that is arranged largely with four rings that join each other.

There is a wide variety of steroids depending on the “functional group” attached to it. There are over a hundred distinct steroids found in humans, animals, plants, insects, bacteria, and fungi.

Steroids can also be a term used to describe anabolic steroids or medications. In this case, Steroid is a term for an organic compound found/created within the human, plant, bacteria, fungi, and more.

Some well-known steroids include:

–  Testosterone
–  Estrogen
–  Progesterone
–  Cholesterol
–  Cortisol
–  Glucocorticoids
–  others

Some steroids often also work as hormones

–   Often they are sex hormones
–   Some are produced in the gonads and adrenal glands
–   Examples are: Androgens, Estrogens, and Progestagens

Steroids can often be used in medication

Some examples include:

–   Prednisone
–   Dexamethasone
–   Birth control
–   others

Anabolic Steroids

–  Are a class of steroids
–  The primarily interface with androgens
–  As a result, muscle mass and bone synthesis increases
–  There are natural and synthetic types