Although androgens might be commonly known as a "male-hormone", both men and women produce this hormone in their body. In women, androgens are produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells. These hormones are key players in kick-starting puberty as well as regulating functions of the reproductive tract, bone, kidneys, liver and muscles. Androgens are necessary for estrogen synthesis and are a key factor in libido as well as bone loss.
Androgens are one of the most common hormone disorders that women suffer from, either in excess or deficiency. If you suspect you are suffering from symptoms of an androgen disorder, contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can help you balance your hormones and relieve these symptoms.
Hyperandrogenism, or high androgen levels, can cause some or all of the following symptoms:
- Persistent acne
- Excess hair growth in "unwanted" areas
- Alopecia or abnormal thinning of hair
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Obesity or struggle to lose weight
- Blood sugar disorders
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Hypoandrogenism, or low androgen levels, commonly cause the following symptoms:
- Low libido
- Osteoporosis or bone loss
- Excessive hot flashes