Excess of male hormones called androgens, affects nearly 5-10% of all women. The noticeable signs of this condition may include hirsutism (unwanted hair growth), acne, irregularity in menses, and other ‘virilising’ symptoms such as a deepening of voice and reduced breast size amongst others.
Why should you be concerned?
In addition to hirsutism and acne, if left untreated excess androgens could put you at greater risk of obesity, infertility or difficulty getting pregnant, diabetes, and psychological impact such as anxiety or depression. Possible causes include
A condition that goes in hand with hormonal imbalances and is attributed over 70% of all cases of hyperandrogenism. This hormone imbalance causes skipped or scanty menstrual periods and makes it harder to get pregnant.
Occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long time. Sometimes called hypercortisolism, this may be caused by the use of oral corticosteroid medication. The condition can also occur when your body makes too much cortisol on its own.
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Deficiency of a particular enzyme that is required by the body for producing cortisol, this condition is sometimes known to cause very early puberty, infertility, and other abnormalities in the reproductive system.
Androgen secreting tumors
Adrenal tumors are cancerous or noncancerous growths on the adrenal glands. The cause of most adrenal tumors is unknown. They may be removed surgically.
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Acne, hirsutism, and hair-fall, are three major causes of concern. Remedies range from topical (ointments and medical lotions), oral (antibiotics and tablets), dietary supplements, cosmetic creams, procedures (hair removal) and many more. Our tool lets you explore and select a method of treatment that works for you.