In many contexts, the two main classes of sex steroids are androgens and estrogens, of which the most important human derivatives are testosterone and estradiol, respectively. Other contexts will include progestogens as a third class of male sex hormones steroids, distinct from androgens and estrogens. There are also many synthetic sex steroids.
Synthetic androgens are often referred to as anabolic steroids. Synthetic estrogens and progestins are used in methods of hormonal contraception. Vertebrate sex steroid receptors: evolution, ligands, and neurodistribution”. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Role of steroid hormone coregulators in health and disease”. Health, Risk, and Adversity – Volume 2 of Studies of the Biosocial Society. Comparative metabolism of female sex steroids in normal and chronically inflamed gingiva of the dog”.
Sex steroid receptors in skeletal differentiation and epithelial neoplasia: is tissue-specific intervention possible? Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about androgens as natural hormones. Androgens increase in both boys and girls during puberty. The major androgen in males is testosterone.