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Steroids That Do Not Stunt Growth

Hi,

I have heard that the reason some steroids can stunt growth in adolecents it because of estrogen build up. If this is the case, would this mean that Non-aromatizing steroids would not lead to stunted growth?

There are several factors such as hormonal unbalance after cycle, if a PCT is not preformed you can risk sterility. Estrogen is easily combatable, but i am not 100% sure if it, itself stunts growth.

Though there is some gear out there for “children”. Obviously not for body building, that are safer than most others.

[quote]ShapeLess wrote:
Estrogen is easily combatable, but i am not 100% sure if it, itself stunts growth.
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um, research concensus disagrees. estrogen is the mediator of growth plate fusion.

if you are worried about stunted growth, then you probably should not be using steroids, now should you.

Sorry for the previous post, here is the info from steroid.com

"The use of some steroids can possibly stunt the growth potential of people who have not finished growing. This is only possible with certain steroids, and not with others. In fact, certain steroids have been used in clinical settings to improve growth rates in children. It is probable that the premature closure of the epiphysial cartilage, which is most likely caused by aromatizable steroids, will lead to a possible growth inhibiting effect, and could ultimately result in a shorter adult height.

This most likely an irreversible side effect, as the growth plates would have sealed and can not “re-open”. Anavar (Oxandrolone) has been used to improve the height of growth stunted children, and it is probable that most DHT-derived steroids could also be used for this purpose as could certain anti-estrogens.

Speaking in broad terms, growth stops at the end of the teenage years…there is almost no chance to keep growing.

This is because lengthening of a bone occurs at the epiphyseal growth plates (called the “growth plates” in common parlance), the remnant of the cartilage model. It’s capable of proliferating. In 99.9% of humans, the process of bone elongation ends at around the mid to late teen years. At this point, the growth plates are obliterated and disappear, after which no more elongation (typified by an increase in limb length, height, etc…) can take place.

Elongation of the bone occurs here and at a second epiphysis at the end. The proliferation of the cartilage happens very quickly, actually fast enough to keep ahead of the bone generation that?s “chasing” it, called ossification, which is just the replacement of cartilage by bone. As long as the cartilage growth “stays ahead” of the bone, you grow taller, as bone replaces cartilage.

When the bone finally catches the cartilage (because the cartilage slows its growth rate, not the bone), it ossifies, and “seals” the growth plate. "

I was a hair over 6 feet when I graduated from highschool at 18. When I was getting near the end of college, some guy who was shorter than me argued with me that I’m not 6 feet. He insisted I must be taller, otherwise it would mean he was in the 5 foot range and I guess it would hurt his ego somehow.

As it turns out, I grew another inch and a half without noticing somewhere along those three years. When people tell you a kid is done growing in his late teens, they are full of shit. Thats not always the case.

So let me ask you kid, are you satified with your current height? and are you cool with fucking yourself out of potentially growing another inch out of high school? If the answer is no to either, don’t fuck around with steroids till you are older.

[quote]RoidEnthusiast wrote:
As it turns out, I grew another inch and a half without noticing somewhere along those three years. When people tell you a kid is done growing in his late teens, they are full of shit. Thats not always the case.
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You arent the only one. I was 6’0 even after high school and 6’1 at 21. It has been said for years that men in my family can keep growing until they are 21+. The majority of growth is done in the late teens, not all of it.