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Ovarian overproduction of androgens

  • Symptoms

    Hyperandrogenism:

    • Acne
    • Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods)
    • Changes in female body contours
    • Decrease in breast size
    • Increase in body hair in a male pattern (hirsutism) such as on the face, chin, and abdomen
    • Oily skin

    Virilization:

    • Clitoromegaly (enlargement of the clitoris)
    • Deepening of the voice
    • Increase in muscle mass
    • Temporal balding (thinning hair and hair loss)

    Signs and tests
    Your health care provider will perform a physical exam. Any blood and imaging tests ordered will depend on your specific symptoms, but may include:
    • 17-hydroxyprogesterone test
    • ACTH test
    • CT scan
    • DHEA blood test
    • Glucose test
    • Insulin test
    • Pelvic ultrasound
    • Prolactin (if periods are infrequent or absent) test
    • Testosterone test
    • Total cholesterol test
    • TSH test (if there is hair loss)