At least 6 out of every 10 women with PCOS have high levels of androgens (hyperandrogenism).
Androgens are usually thought of as only male hormones but the female body naturally produces a small amount of androgens too. In fact, androgens have various roles in female health such as bone density, muscle mass and sexual function.
However, having too much androgens affects the female body inside and out. This can be caused by insulin resistance as well as a hormonal imbalance.
Hyperandrogenism could prevent ovulation. It can also affect the appearance of women, causing a variety of symptoms.
Hyperandrogenism is detected in between 60 and 80 percent of women with PCOS. Symptoms of hyperandrogenism are a result of the presence of excess male hormones (androgens).
This is a condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern. It occurs mostly on the face, chest and back.
Hyperandrogenism can be responsible for alopecia and male pattern baldness.
Hyperandrogenism stimulates the development of acne and oily skin (seborrhoea).
It can result in changes to the female body shape as well as a reduction in breast size.
The increase in androgens may interfere with the normal reproductive processes that allow for regular ovulation resulting in regular periods and conception.
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