Definition of Androgen:

Any steroid hormone that increases male characteristics.

Topics Related to Androgen

Adult Acne

...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“...He also suspected that the hormones produced naturally in the milk of pregnant cows may break down into androgen when consumed, which stimulates the production of sebum, the waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that clogs pores and creates acne when the pores become infected...”

Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...The diagnosis is simple – measuring either free testosterone blood levels or computing the Free Androgen Index (FAI) which is [total testosterone x 100 / sex hormone binding globulin]...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“...The position of the American Society of Andrology is that testosterone therapy "is indicated when both clinical symptoms and signs suggestive of androgen deficiency and decreased testosterone levels are present"...”
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Cushing's Syndrome / Hypercortisolism

...the condition
“...This rare syndrome of cortisol resistance is a genetic condition that causes hypertension and chronic androgen excess.  Cushing's syndrome is relatively rare and most commonly affects adults aged 20 to 50...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...Testosterone, the principal androgen, regulates sexual function in men and is a sexual libido booster in women as well...”

Female Infertility

...relationship to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
“...This is believed to result from elevated insulin levels that stimulate excess androgen production by the ovaries...”

High Female Testosterone Level

...the condition
“Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone that is usually linked to male sexuality...”
...recommendation against DIM / I3C
“Aromatase inhibitors such as DIM, I3C, and Chrysin should be avoided, as they will enhance any preexisting androgen/estrogen dominance.”

High Male Testosterone Level

...recommendation against DIM / I3C
“Aromatase inhibitors such as DIM, I3C, and Chrysin should be avoided, as they will enhance any preexisting androgen/estrogen dominance.”


...relationship to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
“It has been a tradition to divide patients with hirsutism into those with no elevation of serum androgen levels and no other clinical features ('idiopathic hirsutism') and those with an identifiable endocrine imbalance (most commonly PCOS or rarely other causes)...”


...recommendation DHEA
“Six months of treatment with DHEA (at 30mg per day if over 45 years of age and 20mg per day if under 45 years of age) induced androgen effects on skin and axillary and pubic hair in a study of 38 women with androgen deficiency due to hypopituitarism...”

Low Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

...recommendation against DIM / I3C
“Aromatase inhibitors such as DIM, I3C, and Chrysin should be avoided, as they will enhance any preexisting androgen/estrogen dominance.”
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Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...recommendation DIM / I3C
“...Patients with SLE had decreased androgen and increased estrogen levels...”

Male Breast Cancer

...the condition
“...Androgen appears to suppress any tendency for ductal proliferation, but as men age and the overall level of androgen decreases, some physiologic enlargement of the breasts can occur...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...relationship to Elevated Insulin Levels
“...There is a lot of evidence that high levels of insulin contribute to increased androgen production, which worsens the symptoms of PCOS...”
...recommendation Sugar Avoidance / Reduction
“...According to Jerilyn Prior, M.D., the increased insulin from sugar consumption stimulates androgen receptors on the outside of the ovary, causing a failure of ovulation and the typical PCOS symptoms of hirsutism and acne.”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...our question about Oiliness of your hair
“...When excess androgen hormones are produced, the result can be oily hair and skin.”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...relationship to Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
“...Specifically, it produces androgen, estrogen and progesterone...”


...related topic
“...The "free androgen index" (FAI), calculated as the ratio of total testosterone to SHBG, has proved to be a useful indicator of abnormal androgen status in conditions such as hirsutism.”

Stinging Nettle a treatment
“...SHBG is responsible for the estradiol-induced androgen sensitive prostatic growth...”

Test Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) a treatment
“...Conditions with low SHBG include ovarian cysts, diabetes, hypothyroidism, obesity, Cushing's disease, and androgen use.  Conditions with high SHBG include pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, anorexia, and estrogen use...”

Testosterone a treatment
“Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group.  Although it is the main male sex hormone, it plays key roles in both males and females such as enhancing libido, energy, and immune function, and protecting against osteoporosis...”
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