Elevated testosterone levels in women with PCOS can lead to hirsutism, acne, hair loss, virilization, menstrual problems and over time infertility.
High levels of testosterone are considered hyperandrogenism. Women with PCOS count for large numbers of cases of hyperandrogenism. With PCOS being the most common reproductive problem in women of childbearing age. With hyperandrogenism ovaries produce excess levels of androgens, which includes testosterone. Having high levels of testosterone in a women’s body can cause multiple side effects.
These side effects consist of Hirsutism, which is the excess growth of coarse hair in the places a man would have it. Treatments for this hair growth can consist of electrolysis and laser hair removal as well as prescribed oral contraceptives.
Acne which is caused by high levels of testosterone that produce sebum, which is a viscous substance that can clog the pores, as well as a buildup of bacteria on the face that can lead to inflammation and formation of acne on the face, back and chest, the treatments for this are frequent washings, application of over the counter acne cream.
Hair loss can show up as male pattern baldness can also be noticed in the amount of hair that is coming out when washing or brushing of the hair.
Virilization which is an indication of significantly high levels of testosterone, it shows up in enlargement of the clitoris, lowering of the voice, breast atrophy, associated with tumors of the adrenal glands or ovaries, increased libido, male pattern muscle mass gain, and can lead to risks of heart disease and hypertension.
Menstrual problems can be evidenced by non-existence or infrequent light cycles. If this is left untreated over time it can lead to infertility.
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