Excess androgen in women

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Avatar f tn Does excess androgen show up in a simple blood test?
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
1419848 tn?1283643589 The reason this works is that excess sugar and refined carbs cause high blood sugar, which in turn causes high insulin, which stimulates the ovaries to make androgens (male hormones). You can also try some of these ideas as well: 1. Take nutritional supplements to lower your testosterone. Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a natural supplement made from cauliflower and broccoli, and is known to reduce androgens, or male sex hormones (among which is testosterone).
Avatar f tn With men, the issue of concern is testosterone deficiency, while with women the concern is excess testosterone production. So no problem indicated there. Not sure why the doctor ran the FSH test for you at age 73. There is room to increase your thyroid med but in the absence of other symptoms I'd be hard pressed to say that an increase is what you need. By the way, what dosage of Armour are you taking daily?
Avatar n tn Adult acne is becoming more common and can occur on the face, chest or back. Androgens (male hormones found in both male and female bodies) stimulate the sebaceous glands which produce oil. If you have high levels of androgen, or a particular sensitivity to their effects you may produce too much oil. Your glands then get blocked with excess oil and bacteria and spots form. The most likely cause is hormonal change. Is there any chance you could be pregnant?
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 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 f tn But if the hair growth is excessive then hirsutism has to be ruled out. Hirsutism is usually caused by hormonal imbalance and in women PCOS is one of the leading causes of hirsutism and infertility. For this, Apart from these hair removal options, there are some medicines available for treating hirsutism in PCOS.
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 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 n tn I have been suffering from increased body/facial hair since I was 15. 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.
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 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 Hi there, Metformin is used to lower insulin, androgen, and cholesterol levels. It helps to improve metabolism in women who are insulin-resistant. It helps regulate menstrual cycles, start ovulation, and lower the risk of miscarriage in women with PCOS. Metformin can also help in regularizing menstrual cycles and starting ovulation in about 40-45% of women with PCOS.It may be more effective when taken with Clomiphene .Do consult your gynecologist for more queries. Please keep me posted.
948349 tn?1294380237 This can be a major factor in acne because with an increase in proliferation of skin cells there also needs to be an increase in shedding of the excess skin cells but this may not always occur properly in more acne prone people. In addition to that, excess dead skin cells can block pores making acne causing bacteria to become trapped in the pore. This will also plug the sebum, and eventually you get an immune response which causes the acne inflammation.