"Virile" means "manly" or like a man. Virilization is when women or children get manly features like extra facial hair, balding, acne, and a deeper voice.
Virilization is caused by high levels of male hormones
Abnormally large adrenal glands or a tumor in your adrenal glands usually causes virilization
Doctors treat virilization using surgery to remove any tumor and medicine to lower hormone levels
Women and girls normally have small amounts of male hormones. These male hormones are made in the adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are located on top of each kidney.
Adrenal gland problems that can cause virilization include:
Abnormally large adrenal glands
A cancerous or noncancerous tumor in your adrenal glands
Cancer in your ovaries
A problem with your adrenal glands that you’re born with
Virilization can also be caused when women take steroids to build muscle.
People with virilization have physical changes including:
In women, physical changes include:
In children with virilization, growth may happen faster and end sooner than normal. Virilization before puberty may result in being short as an adult. Girl babies may have enlarged genitals. Young boys may sexually mature too early.