Mike, I understand your concerns!
Androgens are a good thing usually. Both men and women produce androgens, but men usually produce much much more, starting at puberty. Probably the most familiar androgen is testosterone. The word "androgen" is from the Greek word for "man," because they give the body characteristics usually associated more with men: more muscles, more body hair, deeper voice, sex drive.
An anti-androgen reduces testosterone and other masculinizing hormones. This can help some people, because these hormones can worsen things like hair loss, prostate cancer, and other stuff if you have elevated levels.
It's all WAY more complicated than this, which is why hair removal is so hard to deal with and has so many variables.
So, in summary, androgens are a good thing for men and women, but you can have too much of a good thing. That's when an anti-androgen can be helpful to reduce testosterone and other androgens. [ October 11, 2002, 08:03 PM: Message edited by: Andrea ]