So tonight in my human sexuality class, I had a little debate with the professor. We were discussing genetic problems from birth…and we talked about a specific disorder in which a male has XXY instead of just XY. This creates secondary female characteristics particularly at puberty. This of course go into the discussion of androgens…testosterone dht and estrogen.
And then of course gyno…in which case is not always caused by this genetic disorder…in fact in most cases it’s not…which I’m sure you guys know. He claimed that gyno is caused when a male has too little testosterone and too much estrogen. I added input and asked a rhetorical question…“Also, can’t a guy develop gyno from too much testosterone…in which case excess testosterone is converted to estrogen via aromatase?”
At this point he totally disagreed and went stated that was IMPOSSIBLE. That estrogen and testosterone are TOTALLY different hormones and they cannot convert at all to either…he said that it was like me saying gas can convert to drinking water. This obviously went back and forth and I even went as far as to bring up steroid use.
I said…if that’s the case explain to me how a male taking large amounts of testosterone can develop estrogen side effects…gyno…water bloat etc? He stated that was because hormones were like a see saw and that the body produces more estrogen in order to balance the higher levels of test…which is somewhat true…what hes missing is that aromatase is one of the KEY ways in which the body tries to keep this balance.
I told him I would bring in the research to prove all of this …as he feverishly denied any truth and tried his best to be sarcastic and make me look idiotic in front of the class. Any help here…I have some literature…but I want some REAL CLEAR literature on testosterone being converted to estrogen via aromatase from a reputable source…like a medical journal or something of that matter…ANY help would be much appreciated.