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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2011 Sep;38(3):467-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2011.06.001.

Adrenal androgens and the menopausal transition.

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Center for Population Health and the Environment, University of California at Davis, CA 95616, USA. bllasley@ucdavis.edu

Abstract

The concept that adrenal androgen production gradually declines with age has changed after analysis of longitudinal data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN). It is now recognized that 4 adrenal androgens rise during the menopausal transition in most women. Ethnic and individual differences in sex steroids are more apparent in circulating adrenal steroids than in either estradiol or cyclic ovarian steroid hormone profiles, particularly during the early and late perimenopause. Thus, adrenal steroid production may play a larger role in the occurrence of symptoms and the potential for healthier aging than previously recognized.

PMID:
21961714
PMCID:
PMC3185242
DOI:
10.1016/j.ogc.2011.06.001
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