Androgens are the male sex hormones and include testosterone, androsterone and androstenedione. The main function of these hormones is to promote the development of sexual characteristics in men, such as beard and voice tone.
It should be noted that androgens not only have an effect on sexual health, but they also intervene in other processes such as :
- The human metabolism.
- Insulin sensitivity.
- Regulation of the amount and distribution of body fat and muscle tissue.
Although most androgens are secreted by the testicles, they are also produced by a woman's ovaries and the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands.