In today’s article we want to review How to recognize the symptoms of excess male hormones in a woman’s body. This is one of the most common hormone imbalances we see at DrHagmeyer.com. Excess male hormones (androgens) like testosterone can cause symptoms that effect a woman’s health in many ways. Surprisingly, this is much more common than one might think. Knowing what to look for and how to recognize these symptoms though out the different phases of your life can go along way in preventing more serious problems.
Keep in mind that Testosterone is produced by both men and woman and it can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It is also important to keep in mind that testosterone is only one of many male hormones produced in a woman’s body. When doctors speak of male hormone in a woman’s body, we call these androgens.
What Does Testosterone Do in A Woman’s Body?
An androgen, or “male” sex hormone, is defined as a substance capable of developing and maintaining masculine characteristics in reproductive tissues (notably the genital tract, secondary sexual characteristics, and fertility) and contributing to the anabolic status of the tissues in the body.
Testosterone helps with the growth, maintenance, and repair of a woman’s reproductive tissues, bone mass, cardiovascular health, sex drive, stamina and even mental health. Other androgens include DHEA and Androstenedione. Now, I mention these other androgens because sometime woman can have normal testosterone levels and if the doctor did not evaluate the other androgens, this pattern of excess male hormone will be missed. Traditional medicine has a bad habit of not properly evaluating a woman’s hormone pathways and considering only testosterone as the trouble maker.
What Causes Excess Androgens in Women?
In most cases, high testosterone levels or other androgens in women are usually due to an underlying health condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or congenital adrenal hyperplasia. But this is not the only cause of too much testosterone (androgens) in a woman’s body.
Some woman can experience excess male hormones (androgen overload), from progesterone cream, DHEA supplementation, Synthetic Hormone Replacement therapy, BHRT (Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy), birth control pills, and the daily makeup and beauty products you use.
Symptoms of Too Much Testosterone in a Woman’s Body
Too much testosterone can cause symptoms that effect a woman’s physical appearance including:
- Excess body hair, specifically facial hair
- Hair loss balding
- oily skin
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Changes in mood
- In more severe cases of testosterone imbalances in women, high testosterone can cause infertility and obesity.
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