The hypoandrogenic woman: Pathophysiologic overview

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Objective: To review the pathophysiologic changes associated with androgen insufficiency in the female. Design: A review of the English-language literature from l940 to 200l. Conclusion(s): Data suggest that diminished androgen levels, most frequently noted in the surgically menopausal patient, may be associated with a number of symptoms including reduced sexual libido and desire, loss of motivation, flat affect, and reduced energy. Lack of consensus in defining abnormally low values for free and total serum androgen levels have made the definition of hypoandrogenic states difficult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Androgen insufficiency
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Surgical menopause


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