What is the role of exogenous androgens in the etiology of androgen excess?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Ingestion of androgens or agents with androgenlike activity can result in hirsutism, acne, and virilization. Various anabolic steroids are used by professional athletes, both men and women, to attain a competitive edge or to assist in recovery from injury. These drugs are also used by a large number of noncompetitive body builders for cosmetic purposes and by women to increase libido.


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