What Are the Names of Male Hormones?

There are many so-called male hormones, most of which are considered androgens, such as testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, androstenedione, 11-ketotestosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone and DHEA. There are also a few other male hormones that don't belong to the androgen group, including follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone.

Although they are referred to as male hormones, all these chemicals are also produced by women, albeit in much smaller amounts. The androgen sex hormones are essentially what makes a male, as they directly contribute to the male physique and sexual development.

Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone are by far the two most important androgens in humans, while DHEA and androstenedione play a more minor role in all male vertebrates. Although it has only a minimal function in humans and most four-legged animals, 11-ketotestosterone is the primary androgen in sharks and most bony fish species.

Luteinizing hormone, or LH, is another quite important sex hormone because it plays a major role in stimulating the body to produce testosterone. When this happens, certain enzymes in the body begin transforming cholesterol into a steroid known as pregnenolone, which is the basic building block of most all androgens.

Follicle-stimulating hormone plays a major role in male sexual development and reproduction, as it is essential for helping the body to produce sperm.