Why would a doctor prescribe steroids to treat hyperandrogenism?

Adrenal problem. Hyperandrogenism refers to excessive male hormone levels in female patients. Some of the hormones produced in the adrenal glands are mild androgens, and in some conditions these androgens are over-produced. One of these disorders, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, responds to a small dose of daily steroid to greatly reduce the production of the mild androgens.

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Why would my doctor prescribe me a steroid medicine to treat my hyperandrogenism?

CAH. If he/she thinks there is a block in your ability to make cortisol (a steroid) you may have excess hair growth due to too much adrenal male hormone production (cah). Always ask the doctor why and what he/she suspects is the cause of the hyperandrogenism as excess male hormone may be due to many other causes besides cah. Read more...