As Conor Benn’s failed drug test is dominating the headlines, we decided to take a look at what he tested positive for and why it’s banned in boxing and most other sports.
Clomifene is a medication that is used to treat ovulation disorders. It is also known as clomiphene. Clomifene is a serm that binds to estrogen receptors in the brain, which in turn causes the pituitary gland to release more follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. These hormones then stimulate ovulation in women.
Boxers use clomifene to help increase their testosterone levels. Clomifene is a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) that binds to estrogen receptors and prevents them from binding to estrogen. This can help increase testosterone levels in men, which can improve their strength, power, and stamina.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In men, testosterone plays a vital role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate, as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass, and the growth of body hair.
Testosterone levels are highest in young adulthood and begin to decline with age. This natural decrease can be accelerated by certain medical conditions, such as obesity or hypogonadism. Anabolic steroids, synthetic versions of testosterone, are often used illicitly by athletes in order to increase muscle mass and strength.
Boxing is a physically demanding sport that requires both speed and power. Increased testosterone levels can improve these qualities, giving boxers an advantage in competition.
Clomifene can also help increase luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. LH and FSH are hormones that play a role in sperm production. By increasing these hormone levels, clomifene can help improve sperm production and quality.
The most common side effect of clomifene is hot flashes. Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of warmth, often followed by sweating. They can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly felt on the face, neck, and chest. Hot flashes are usually mild and last for a few minutes. However, they can occasionally be severe and last for several hours.
Another potential side effect of clomifene is dizziness.
Clomifene is banned in boxing as it is a performance-enhancing drug. The drug works by stimulating the release of hormones that trigger ovulation, and it is used by athletes to increase their testosterone levels. This results in increased strength and stamina, which can give athletes an edge over their opponents. However, clomifene also has a number of side effects that can be dangerous for boxers, including an increased risk of developing blood clots. Because of these risks, the International Boxing Association (IBA) has banned the use of clomifene in competition.
Should Conor Benn be banned for using Clomifene?
The professional boxer from England has been accused of using the banned substance Clomifene in order to gain an advantage in his fights. Some say that he should be banned from boxing, as using such a substance gives him an unfair advantage.
Others argue that Clomifene is not a performance-enhancing drug, and so Benn should not be banned for using it. They say that it is a perfectly legal drug that can be used to treat fertility issues in both men and women.
What do you think? Should Conor Benn be banned for using Clomifene?