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Hi. I took some steroid treatment in early puberty to increase my height. i have learned steroids can affect brain too. After stopping the treatment, my test didnt return to normal because i progressed through puberty. So there couldnt have been downregulation on brain because test never went back to pre-treatment level. In a way, does this mean the effects of steroids have been sustained by my increasing endogonous steroid(testosterone) production? Please advise
I took some steroid treatment in early puberty to increase my height. i have learned steroids can affect brain too. After stopping the treatment, my test didnt return to normal because i progressed through puberty. So there couldnt have been downregulation on brain because test never went back to pre-treatment level. In a way, does this mean the effects of steroids have been sustained by my increasing endogonous steroid(testosterone) production? Please advise
If you were advised to take steroids by your doctor
that means you had low testosterone levels
in beginning of puberty yes
What that means is, since you had low testosterone levels before your treatment, the treatment actually corrected the problem
But if the dosage of testosterone was significantly higher than required
from the beginning
I don't understand, what do you mean by NO?
can i have neurologist?
i want to know about effects on brain
I am sorry, we do not have neurologists or any specialists available for chats
I am coming to that
You have to understand the basics first
I have seen your questions many times
I know that you are worried about it
I completely understand your worry
Do you agree with me that, you had low testosterone levels before you started treatment
of course - i was a child
do you mean to say that your testosterone levels were normal for your age that time?
but as treatment went on, endogonous steroids began progressing
was this treatment advised to you by a doctor?
Anyways, as I had told you in our previous chat, the levels of testosterone change as per our age
so it is quite normal for the testosterone levels to increase as you approach puberty
and this testosterone does have effects on all organs
including the brain
Can ihave DR XXXXXXX
higher testosterone levels usually cause more aggressive behavioral changes
I am sorry, Dr. XXXXXXX is on leave today and tomorrow
ok please continue...
Not so much on the adrenal gland
But there is another mechanism called feedback mechanism
i know all this ....
please advise as per my question
i will write again....
what this does is, if you are taking exogenous steroids, the endogenous steroid production will drop
I am answering your question
You will have to be a little more patient
I am trying to make it easier for you to understand
During treatment , the steroid causes upregulation effects on brain....
we take years to understand this, so it is impossible to give you all that information, but I am trying to condense and make it as easily understandable as I can
because i was in prepubertal age, towards end of treatment, my endogonous steroids began increasing. This means the previous low level will never be seen again
Can you be specific about the upregulation
because testosterone has very complex mechanisms
any upregulation effects...creating new circuits?
it is not universal upregulation of all functions of the brain
No, it does not cause an upregulation of all functions of the brain
upregulating new circuits
What do you mean by new circuits?
programming new circuits
that is basically genetically determined
So what in the brain does it upregulate...? And since towards end of treatment endogonous steroids is increasing , does this mean the upregulation is sustained (from steroids treatment time) ?
I am sorry, I had a momentary internet loss
Testosterone has specific functions
that is, it only reinforces the maleness of some of the functions of the brain
It doesn't cause universal upregulation of all functions of the brain
it does not affect your intelligence
or your logic
or language capabilities
It only makes some changes in the emotional functions
and since the release of endogenous testosterone is controlled by the feedback mechanism
taking exogenous testosterone prevents endogenous testosterone release
whatever effects you had very basically because of the exegenous testosterone you were taking
But once you stop the exogenous testosterone, then the body will start producing the required amounts of testosterone
as I have said earlier, testosterone levels increase as you grow to become an adult
the levels after you have become an adult will always be higher than your childhood levels
This is how it works
there is no other way for this to happen
Yes but the exogonous testosterone effects would be sustained by endogonous testosterone as treatment ends...true or false?
True and false
so the reinforcing of male behabiour by treatment would be sustained by endogonous test
thus changes are permanent
once your brain matures, then testosterone will stop having any noticeable changes other than that happened while you were growing up to be an adult
The reinforcing of male behaviour will be maintained by the endogenous testosterone
The changes may be permanent
unless you get a sex reassigning surgery
if the testosterone levels don't remain as high as they should in normal males, then you will start seeing more feminine behaviours
I hope this time I was able to answer your question
Thanks for consulting me here
have a good day ahead
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