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Medical News & Perspectives
May 24/31, 2000

Can Male Hormones Really Help Women?

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JAMA. 2000;283(20):2643-2644. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2643-JMN0524-3-1

Boston—Androgens, which are vital for proper development and maintenance of the male reproductive system, also play important physiological roles in women, some of which are only beginning to be understood. Because of the importance of these hormones to human health, researchers suspect that a decline in androgen levels, which occurs with age, may have adverse effects on women's health.

Unraveling the impact of androgen deficiency in women is a goal of Susan R. Davis, MBBS, PhD, of the Jean Hailes Foundation, an Australian not-for-profit organization in Clayton, Victoria, involved in education about, research into, and treatment of women's health care issues. Davis and colleagues have been studying why androgens are biologically important for women and how the replacement of testosterone may alleviate some symptoms that seem to be associated with androgen deficiency.