Hey, great list!
I don’t use them personally, but I train with a few women who do. I’ve noticed some of the side effects and they’ve mentioned it too.
But I didn’t know what to look for and how many alternatives there were – so while I’ll probably still choose not to use any (my goals are just to stay active), I’ll pass this along to my friends who want different results than I do. Maybe it’ll help them make some good choices, or to switch to something with fewer (or no) side effects.
In general, once steroid use stops, the testicle begins regenerating lost tissue. Studies in rats show that the process is slow and often doesn’t recover the full pre-steroid use size (although it can get very close). Leydig cell counts often remain lower than original, suggesting that testosterone levels may be reduced in the long run. In practice, the longer period you used the steroid for (or the higher dose you used), the longer time you will need for your testicles to recover. Most men are able to recover most of the lost size but may notice that they don’t get quite back to the original size, a lower baseline testosterone level or permanently reduced sperm count. This is especially true for long term or high dose users.