Are you experiencing dark hair growth on areas of traditionally masculine distribution, acne, hair loss, virilisation, or fat that tends to be more centrally distributed? If you answered yes to two or more of these symptoms, you might be experiencing signs of androgen dominance (AD).
Androgens are hormones commonly referred to as “male hormones,” such as testosterone. However, both males and females produce androgens, which are essential for strength, emotional well-being, cognitive function, muscle growth and function, reproductive function, and bone strength.
In fact, women carry more androgens than estrogens, as androgens serve as precursors to estrogens. But when androgen levels become abnormally high, individuals may experience signs of hyperandrogenism.
Common symptoms of AD in women include dark hair growth on areas of traditionally masculine distribution (hirsutism), acne, hair loss, virilisation (masculinisation signs such as deepening voice and altered muscle mass), and fat that tends to be more centrally distributed.
Women who experience two or more of these symptoms may also have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is associated with elevated androgen levels.
The good news is that multiple treatments are available to help control the symptoms and pathogenesis of androgen dominance. These treatments may include lifestyle changes, such as exercise and dietary modifications, and medication, such as hormonal birth control or anti-androgen medications.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of androgen dominance, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and develop an individualised treatment plan. By addressing the root cause of androgen dominance, you can improve your overall health and quality of life.
The good news, at Aescend Aesthetics we offer treatments to help control the symptoms and pathogenesis of AD. Come in today to see what we can do to help!