Listen as Dr. Berga explains the affects testosterone has in women.
I think that is one of the more controversial topics there is. So, I sort of introduce the idea that hormones organize the brain and they even organize the body. So the impact of a hormone will depend on the tissue it’s impacting.
So, testosterone has one set of effects in men, it has a different set of effects in women and we call that sex-specific hormone action. So, we think it’s incorrect to generalize from men to women or from women to men, although they may have similar attributes.
So, testosterone can cause hair growth in male pattern, it can cause hair loss in a male pattern, it can cause acne, and some people think it can sustain libido, although those studies are highly controversial. Not everyone agrees with that.
About Dr. Berga, M.D.:
Dr. Sarah Berga is professor and chairman in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and later held an Obstetrics and Gynecology General Hospital Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Berga’s research focuses on understanding the impact of psychogenic and metabolic stresses upon the reproductive system and as a cause of infertility, among other topics.
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