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Androgen (Overview)

Androgen refers to a family of steroid hormones that are made in our bodies that are responsible for male characteristics, sex drive, muscle growth, sexual function, and fertility. These hormones are present in women in very small amounts and in very high amounts in men.


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What's does androgen-independent mean?

What's does  androgen-independent mean?

Baldness?: If this is the case, it's the loss of hair all over the scalp that is common in many older men and women. ...Read more

Androgen (Overview)

Androgen refers to a family of steroid hormones that are made in our bodies that are responsible for male characteristics, sex drive, muscle growth, sexual function, and fertility. These hormones are present in women in very small amounts and in very high amounts in men.


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Exactly how do androgens regulate the fat homeostasis?

Exactly how do androgens regulate the fat homeostasis?

Androgens: The following article describes what you ask: int j fertil. 1992;37 suppl 2:83-92. Mechanism of action/effects of androgens on lipid metabolism. Other on line info: androgen appears to affect lipoprotein metabolism in a number of ways. These include: increasing the activity of lipoprotein lipase and hepatic triglyceride lipase, resulting in higher levels of triglyceride in adipose tissue and a dr. ...Read more

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Androgen (Tip)

Go to a credible doctor who knows the risks of testosterone and regularly monitors you. ...See more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have morning testosterone checked
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Discuss the risk and benefits of testosterone replacement with doc
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Take testosterone replacement as instructed
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If I am concerned with estrogen levels after starting testosterone therapy, are doctors willing to prescribe an estrogen blocker?

If I am concerned with estrogen levels after starting testosterone therapy, are doctors willing to prescribe an estrogen blocker?

Why the concern?: Testosterone replacement is supposed to restore normal levels, not higher than normal. As such, with normal levels, estrogen production should not be excessive. If you have cirrhosis of the liver, you may have elevated estrogen. If you notice breast enlargement on therapy, have your physician check an Estradiol level, and if elevated, consider Letrozole or arimidex (anastrozole). ...Read more

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Androgen (Tip)

Male with low energy in middle age? Your doctor may check your testosterone - after your heart! ...See more

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What drugs will you be prescribed for excessive menstration insuline resistant failure to ovulate and high levels of androgens?

PCOS Diagnosis: The diagnosis of pcos requires 2 of 3 findings: irregular cycles > 35 days, elevated male hormones, acne or excess hair growth or polycystic appearing ovaries on us. Insulin resistance is not a diagnostic criteria. Metformin, low glycemic diet and weight training exercise are great. Actos (pioglitazone) may be better for thin women. Bcpills may be a problem if cholesterol and triglycerides are high. ...Read more

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Getting androcur alone is as effective as take combination with diane_35 for androgen felated hair lose?

Getting androcur alone is as effective as take combination with diane_35 for androgen felated hair lose?

No experience: Neither androcur (a drug that reduces the level of male sex hormones) nor diane-35 ( an anti-androgen combination of cyproterone and ethinylestradiol) are approved for use in the us, although they are available in canada, the uk, and elsewhere. ...Read more

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Androgen (Tip)

Statins that lower total cholesterol can cause low testosterone. Ask your doc! ...See more

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Are androgen blockers safe for a woman of 19 years of age with moderate to severe acne?

Are androgen blockers safe for a woman of 19 years of age with moderate to severe acne?

Spironolactone: Spironolactone is used to treat many different disorders, from high blood pressure to fluid retention. Although the U.S. Food and drug administration doesn't recognize spironolactone as an acne treatment, it is often prescribed off-label to treat hormonally influenced breakout in women. This medication isn't a first line of defense against acne breakouts. It is only effective for hormonal acne. ...Read more

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Could my 7 months of fatigue, headaches,low testosterone/eye pressure & earaches be due to pituitary tumor? Aren't they generally not life threatening

Could my 7 months of fatigue, headaches,low testosterone/eye pressure & earaches be due to pituitary tumor? Aren't they generally not life threatening

YES AND NO: The most common pituitary tumors tend to be benign but can affect hormones and sometimes need to be removed if they get too big. It may be time to have a good examination of your visual fields, a recheck of your thyroid function and perhaps a look at growth Hormone, LH, FSH, Prolactin and an MRI. ...Read more

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Androgen (Tip)

What's my Estradiol level. If high, this is a big risk factor for testosterone therapy! ...See more

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Has Mucinex (guaifenesin) shown any testosterone lowering as a side effect.?

Very Doubtful: The only possible correlation with testosterone would be through dehydration and coincidental liver disease. An on-line study showed no reports of elevated sex hormone binding globulin (linked to testosterone levels) and mucinex (guaifenesin). If you had a hypersensitvity reaction that involved the liver testosterone could go down. ...Read more

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What anti-androgen is best, and what are its common side-effects?

What anti-androgen is best, and what are its common side-effects?

Several for purpose?: Finsteride blocks many unwanted side-effects of testosterone, by blocking its conversion to 5-dht, which causes baldness (male pattern), prostatic hypertrophy, and excess hair growth elsewhere. Minoxidil applied topically (rogaine) has a similar topical effect. Spironolactone also is effective! ...Read more

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Androgen (Tip)

Obesity increases the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which can lead to low testosterone. ...See more

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What will be the effects of taking an anti-androgen if you are a male?

Decrease in hormones: Taking an anti androgen decreases male hormones. Low levels of testosterone/dhea can lead to fatigue, low energy levels, depression, decrease in memory/focus concentration, abdominal fat, change in cholesterol; do not take this unless you are under the supervision of a physician for a medical condition. ...Read more

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Fatigued and depressed, could be low testosterone; may need depo-t. ...See more

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I have low-T and an enlarged prostate. Does Testosterone interact negatively with the prostate causing worsening of enlarged prostate symptoms?

Flomax (tamsulosin) +T: That is a good question that is still being researched. From a recent article: "Androgen supplementation does not appear to increase the risk of BPH , further suggesting that factors other than androgens are involved in BPH pathologies." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC317983/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17991536 ...Read more

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