Androgen is a kind of hormones that stimulates or controls the development and maintenance of growth and reproduction in both male and female. 

Many of us consider it as only a male hormones, but the female body naturally produces a few amount of androgens too. 

Androgen dysfunction is the most common endocrine disorder in women at their reproductive age which is produced primarily by the adrenal glands and the ovaries.

It affects the women's health by both physically and mentally. So, today this section addresses all the information regarding Androgen in a women's health.

Mental Effects of Androgen in women       

Depression, mood swings, and other unexplained emotional symptoms can be caused by the excessive amount of androgen in women.

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These symptoms occur because hormones regulate more than just energy levels and libido. 

Often androgen gets misdiagnosed and treated with antidepressants and other drugs which show complication and side effects. 

The best remedy to overcome from this problem is socializing with others and evaluating your own problem or you can concern with psychiatrist too. 

Physical Effects of Androgen in women

Physically women get more affected by androgen disorder.

Symptoms 

Androgen disorder can cause a variety of physical symptoms including;

1. Acne: Acne, with inflammation of the pilosebaceous follicle, may be one of the symptoms of androgen excess in women which may be observed from puberty through menopause.

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2. Hirsutism: Over 50% of women with even minimal unwanted hair growth may have androgen excessive disorders and should have an evaluation of their hormones.

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3. Menstrual dysfunction: Menstrual irregularity can be caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is in turn caused by excess androgen. Irregular menstrual symptoms may include missed periods, as well as excessive uterine bleeding.

4. Infertility: If you have an androgen disorder then fertility problem may occur.

Causes

  • Aging: Androgen production in women tapers off with increasing age. By the time a woman androgen levels are about half of what they were in teens.
  • Oophorectomy: The surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Adrenal insufficiency: Primary or secondary
  • Hypopituitarism: A rare disorder of the pituitary gland.

Treatment of androgen deficiency in women

Surgery: Women with mild hirsutism can be treated safely and effectively by most primary care providers after serious etiologies have been excluded.

Hormone replacement therapy: It helps to restore normal testosterone levels and synthetic testosterone is the best form of it. It available in tablets, injections, patches, and gel.

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Diet: A loss of 5-10% of body weight for obese women with PCOS in a 6-month period is enough to greatly improve hirsutism in most women for which you have to consider your diet.

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