What are sources and types of androgens in women?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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The endocrine glands secrete 5 androgens through a similar pathway: testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), androstenedione, and androstenediol, the latter of which has both androgenic and estrogenic activity. Testosterone and its biologically active metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are the only androgens with direct androgenic activity. DHEAS, DHEA, and androstenedione are all precursors of testosterone.

Androgen secretion pathway in adrenal glands and o Androgen secretion pathway in adrenal glands and ovaries.

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