MLB Warns Players Sexual Enhancement Pills May Include PEDs

The use of over-the-counter sex pills is prevalent among baseball players

MLB Warns Players That Sexual Enhancers May Include PEDs
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By Evan Bleier / August 21, 2019 4:38 pm

Players in Major League Baseball have been warned to stop buying pills to enhance their performance — in the bedroom.

In a memo issued to players, MLB warned that over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills, which are commonly sold at gas stations, carry a “very real risk” of causing a player to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs that are banned by the league, according to ESPN.

According to MLB, at least two players that have already been suspended for PEDs this year said the banned substances which were detected in their urine came from unregulated products they purchased, sources told ESPN.

“Sexual or male enhancement products present a very real risk for drug-tested players and the high likelihood for contamination or unidentified ingredients in these products underscores the importance of consuming only those products that are NSF Certified for Sport,” the memo reads. It also states over-the-counter pills often contain “anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances.”

Use of over-the-counter pills is prevalent enough among baseball players that MLB sent the memo to players in both the major and minor leagues. The MLB Players Association also redistributed the memo to ensure its members received it.

As an alternative to taking sketchy non-prescription pills from a gas station, MLB suggested players see a doctor and obtain a prescription medication such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra.

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