Hyperandrogenism during puberty in the development of polycystic ovary syndrome

Capsule:
Androgen secretion during pubertal development is a normal event. Polycystic ovary syndrome may be viewed as a maladaptation of this advantageous process.

Author:
Shahla Nader, M.D.

Volume 100, Issue 1, Pages 39-42, July 2013

Abstract:

The hormonal events of puberty, from adrenarche to menarche and beyond, include the secretion of androgens as well as estrogen and P. This normal pubertal process is briefly reviewed and a physiologic role for pubertal androgens proposed. It is further suggested that the hyperandrogenic state we call polycystic ovary syndrome is a maladaptation of the advantageous role of normal pubertal androgens.

Translate »