BACKGROUND: Although the actual incidence is not known, hyperandrogenism seems common among Australian women. Most women with syndromes of hyperandrogenism present with symptoms such as acne, hirsutism and androgenic alopecia, or menstrual irregularity. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this overview is: to put in perspective the various causes of hyperandrogenism in women, provide a guide to evaluation of affected women; and briefly review current management strategies. DISCUSSION: Hyperandrogenism in women is also associated with significant health problems including infertility, insulin resistance, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes mellitus and dyslipidaemia which may or may not be linked with obesity.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|