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What effects do anabolic steroids have in adults? Steroids and Gynecomastia


      In males, excess anabolic steroids are metabolized into female
 sex hormones.(1-4)  This leads to growth of
 the breasts in men, known medically as "gynecomastia" or "man breasts" (2,5,6) 
 While dramatic breast growth does not occur in every case of
 steroid abuse, it is an irreversible side effect.(4,7)  

      Testosterone is produced by the testes at the rate of 4 to 10
 milligrams per day.(8)  When a male takes anabolic steroids,
 the body detects the excess steroids and signals the testes to stop
 producing them.  When they stop producing testosterone, they also
 stop producing live sperm.(2,9)  Long periods of
 anabolic steroid abuse lead to infertility and reduced testicular
 size(4,5,10)  In adult males, the testes begin to
 function again within 6 months after steroids are
 withdrawn.(1,4,11)  It is not known whether anabolic
 steroids have a different effect on testicular function in
 adolescent males.(12)
        

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