Excess androgen in females

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Avatar f tn Have you tried taking an anti-androgen contraceptive pill such as Diane35 ? Acne and excess hair occurs when androgens (male hormones found in both male and females) stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands and hair follicles. Taking Diane35 will block the action of androgens and reduce acne and facial hair without the irritation associated with topical or laser treatments. Ask your doctor for this. You should still use products for post-laser skin as your skin is still showing signs of damage.
Avatar n tn It is pretty common in Mediterranean cultures for females to have more hair than females of other cultures. On some days, I can deal with the fact that I have Hirsutism, on other days, I feel really depressed and alone. A few weeks ago I gathered the courage to go to my PCP and tell him about my condition. He automatically sent me to the lab for blood work. He said the tests would be extensive. Yesterday I went to his office and he reviewed the results carefully. Luckily, I do not have PCOS.
Avatar f tn Does excess androgen show up in a simple blood test?
1208452 tn?1266336929 The hair growth or hirsuitism could be due to the higher testosterone level than is normal in females. The level can be high in androgen resistance, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, ovarian cancer, prolactin secreting tumors and polycystic ovary disease. You need to consult an endocrine specialist to rule out these problems. Treatment can be laser removal, hormone therapy and local creams. Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage.
Avatar n tn Androgens (male hormones found in male and female bodies) stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin. Bacteria on the skin feed off this excess oil, called sebum, blocking the pores and leading to inflammed spots. If oxytetracycline and doxycycline didn't work other antibiotics may help; lymecycline, erythromycin or minocycline. Alternatively, topical antibiotics (clindamycin, erythromycin) or topical retinoids (tretinoin, adapalene) may work.
Avatar f tn Hi, I am 29 years old and I have suspect that I have PCOS. I was overweight/obese as a child and teenager until my early 20s. Aged 21 I started getting excess facial/bodily hair and my weight increased to its highest (can't remember what but I was a UK size 18/US size 22). Then aged 22 my periods went from being 5 days long, 3 days heavy 2 light to lasting just 3 days, none particularly heavy.
1987537 tn?1326671803 adrenal virilism is quit rare comparin ro pcos,,, it s caused by late onset adrenal hyperplasia in adults and rarely it is caused by androgen secreting tumors,,, there is mainly virilisation signs on adrenal virilism like hirsutism, clitomegaly, musculisation signs like wideing of sholuders like men and deepin of voice, abset cycle,, i was so worry about adrenal like u i had no adrenal symptoms except the excess hair ,, my doctor did for me 17 hydroxyprogesterone and DHEAs ,, both results wre n
Avatar f tn Def search for an endo that listens to you and your concerns. I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like it could be androgen excess- ask your doc if that is a possibility. Feeling wired, excess hair, lean body, irregular periods and excess testosterone production all seem to point to it. Get your testosterone, free testosterone, DHEA and androsteneidione tested- they vary depending on where you are on your cycle, so ask your endo when you should get them tested.
Avatar m tn Extremely high testosterone levels can also be caused by androgen-secreting tumors, located in adrenal glands. These are usually benign but in rare cases may also be malignant. Please keep us updated! Best of luck, E.B.
Avatar f tn See your doctor for an approved licenced acne treatment which targets one of the causes of acne; raised androgen levels, excess sebum and bacteria on the skin. Be patient with your treatment, even the most effective treatments take time to work. The "gold standard" treatment for severe acne is Oral Isotretinoin (Accutane/Roaccutane) which results in a long term remission from acne after one course in 80% of patients.
Avatar m tn Bacteria on the skin feeds off this excess oil (sebum) blocking the pores and resulting in inflammed acne spots. Androgen levels are often elevated during teenage years, and the majority of people outgrow acne after adolesence. Best Wishes, Eloise.
1335691 tn?1275733267 Acne occurs when the patient has raised levels of androgens (hormones such as testosterone). Androgens stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin. Bacteria on the skin feed off this excess oil (sebum) blocking the pores and resulting in spots. The standard treatment for acne is a course of oral antibiotics such as oxytetracycline and a topical retinoid like Differin. Get a prescription for these from your doctor. Elevated androgen levels are common during adolesence and early 20s.
Avatar n tn Thank you for your reply, I would have to disagree. Diet DOES affect acne, as diet can stimulate more androgen production = overactive sebaceous glands = acne. Live is the main organ for filtering out excess hormones, so it is connected to acne in a way. I've had acne since I was 11, and I am 22 now. Everytime I eat a dairy product, I feel inflammation in my body. Maybe acne is just an allergic reaction to certain foods?? And P.Acne can be found in people with healthy skin too.
Avatar f tn They can help your periods be regular and can reduce symptoms such as excess facial hair and acne. An androgen-lowering medicine, spironolactone, may be used with birth control pills to help reduce symptoms even more. These medicines are not used if you are trying to get pregnant. A diabetes medicine called metformin. It can help restore regular menstrual cycles and fertility. Fertility medicines, if you are trying to get pregnant.
Avatar n tn s rate of growth in height as well as xray findings of the left wrist called a bone age, the wrist maturity is compared to standards and the growth plates are looked at in regards to an age equivalent.
Avatar f tn Acne occurs when androgens (male hormones found in male and female bodies) stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin. Bacteria on the skin feeds off the excess oil (sebum) blocking the pores and resulting in spots. Combined contraceptive pills block the action of androgens on the skin. They can be used in conjunction with oral antibiotics and topical gels. Alternatively a non-hormonal anti-androgen called Spironolactone may be prescribed. Best Wishes, Eloise.
Avatar f tn A main underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS, the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Androgens are male hormones that females also make. High levels of these hormones affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation. Researchers also think insulin may be linked to PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that controls the change of sugar, starches, and other food into energy for the body to use or store.
Avatar n tn Thyroid problems and abnormal levels of FSH, LH, prolactin, androgen hormones or male hormones and estrogen hormones too can be the cause. MRI of brain may be required to rule out pituitary tumors secreting prolactin. Another major contributor is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This can be diagnosed by a CT scan or abdominal ultrasound and tests for insulin resistance. Smoking is also often associated with secondary amenorrhea and can be worse in presence of stress.
Avatar f tn Women often get less frequent periods. Another thing that happens is that excess androgen which can lead to . . .gulp . . . things like facial hair. I have a good friend with pcos and she can sprout lots of facial hair. She also has excess weight that her doctors say is related to the androgen issue. And while the face can grow hair, you can lose it at your scalp. So, to know if you have PCOS, you have to (obviously) visit your doctor.
Avatar f tn Any advice will help.
1165843 tn?1263018569 The treatment consists of topical and oral antibiotics, tretinoin, oral contraceptives in females and Intralesional corticosteroid injections. Very severe cases may need excision and drainage. Also the treatment has to be taken for a long time so that relapses do not occur. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist.
Avatar n tn Androgens stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands in your skin. Bacteria feeds off this excess oil, resulting in acne. There is a lack of medical evidence that home remedies are effective. Ask your doctor for a course of oral antibiotics such as oxytetracycline 250mg twice a day or lymecycline 408mg once daily. In addition, he may prescribe a topical retinoid gel such as Differin (adapalene).
Avatar n tn Excessive iron in the body of a liver patient can be extremely dangerous. In extreme excess, iron is toxic to the liver, and can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that even mildly increased (or sometimes even normal amounts of iron) may cause or enhance the amount of injury to the liver in the presence of other liver diseases. This applies especially to people with alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C.