High levels of androgen in women

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Avatar n tn Yesterday I went to his office and he reviewed the results carefully. Luckily, I do not have PCOS. The blood work only revealed high levels of testosterone (although still within the normal range). I have noticed that my libido is usually pretty high. That does not bother me, quite the opposite :). My main problem is facial hair (upper lip, sideburns, and some chin), as well as increased body hair. I know that without it I would be a happier person.
Avatar f tn DHEA-sulfate is a weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal gland in men and women. If your levels are high, you may have the unwanted side affects of excess hair or other male characteristics. This is something to follow with PCOS.
Avatar m tn High testosterone levels in women are often caused by PCOS (Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome). This is a benign condition which results in irregular or missed periods, excessive hair growth on the face and body and so on. 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.
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Avatar f tn com/magazine/2006/5/report_blood/Page-02 OPTIMAL RANGE OF DHEA IN WOMEN* Standard Reference Range Optimal Range 65-380 µg/dL 350-430 µg/dL *Measured as DHEA Sulfate So that info suggests that your DHEAS is lower than optimal. Also, please note that "cells throughout the body take in DHEA and DHEAS and convert them into estradiol and testosterone.
Avatar n tn Jebby saying he has T levels of 865 and a higher than normal prolactin reading points to his body aromatizing the excess T in his body in to estrogen. Normal T levels should be between 300 - 600. 865 is too high. In the case of testosterone more is better to a point, and too much is bad. Quitting the TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) - So I have done this several times. Here is the problem. Your body has a loop back system regulated by the pituitary gland in your brain.
Avatar n tn Tell your sister to get her a home BP monitor and record her BP at least once a day. If the bottom number stays that high tell her to go to the ER and ask them to give her meds to tie her over until she sees a doctor. Or tell her when she makes the appointment to tell them how high her BP is and maybe they can work her in sooner or fill her in a cancellation. When making an appointment they usually schedule according what you tell them is wrong with.
Avatar n tn Hi again, I did not realize the link would not show up automatically. The title of the article is "Birth Control Pills Could Cause Long-Term Sexual Problems" dated Jan 9 2006. The publication they discuss in the article is "Impact of Oral Contraceptives on Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin and Androgen Levels: A Retrospective Study in Women with Sexual Dysfunction" This was published in Jan 5, 2006 Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Avatar f tn Hi. Acne occurs when the patient has high levels of androgens (male hormones found in male and female bodies). 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. Acne is common during times of hormonal change such as puberty, after delivering a baby, and menopause/post-hysterectomy. Your doctor can prescribe oestrogen to block the action of androgens.
780153 tn?1287572547 He notes that the risk of miscarriage is increased in those patients with a prior history of miscarriage, those with high LH, high androgen levels, hyperinsulinemia or elevated PAI-Fx. Initial findings in a non-ramdomized trial suggest a decreased risk of miscarriage if metformin is continued throughout the pregnancy. At present there is insufficient data to routinely advise continuation of metformin during pregnancy.
Avatar n tn My last round of blood/24 hour urine testing, in August of this year, showed that my DHEA levels were abnormally high, but the DHEA-sulfate was within normal range. Also in my case, I have more of the symptoms of the Pheochromocytoma going on, but also have symptoms of Cushings as well. I see 2 separate Endocrinologists (I wanted a second opinion), and just saw one of them this week. I have been extremely upset at all of my doctors with regards to the tumor.
948349 tn?1294383837 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.
Avatar n tn The side effects from HCG use include gynecomastia, water retention, and an increase in sex drive, mood alterations, headaches, and high blood pressure. HCG raises androgen levels in males by up to 400% but it also raises estrogen levels dramatically as well. This is why it can cause a real case of gynecomastia if dosages get too elevated for that person. Another side effect seen from HCG use is morning sickness (nausea and vomiting).
Avatar f tn To this end, suppression of testosterone during pituitary downregulation may not be reassuring to exclude an androgen producing tumor. In lieu of an obvious ovarian mass, she should proceed with the assistance of a reproductive endocrinologist to expedite her course to conception given age and uncertain reason for excessive ovarian androgen production. Unfortunately, as you know, some of these tumors may not ever be visualized as they can be located in the ovarian hilum (Leydig cell tumor).
Avatar f tn The side effects from HCG use include gynecomastia, water retention, and an increase in sex drive, mood alterations, headaches, and high blood pressure. HCG raises androgen levels in males by up to 400% but it also raises estrogen levels dramatically as well. This is why it can cause a real case of gynecomastia if dosages get too elevated for that person. Another side effect seen from HCG use is morning sickness (nausea and vomiting).
300762 tn?1252236401 Acne is caused by a sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones found in both male and female bodies). Women with high levels of androgens, or a sensitivity to the effects of androgens, may have acne, irregular periods and facial hair. Taking an anti-androgen contracpeitve pill such as Yaz, Yasmin or Diane35 (called Dianette in the UK) will give you regular periods and clear acne. Eloise.
Avatar f tn It can help control insulin and blood sugar levels and reduce androgen levels. This lowers your risk for diabetes and heart disease and can help restore regular menstrual cycles and fertility. Fertility medicines, if you are trying to get pregnant. It is important to see your doctor for follow-up to make sure treatment is working and adjust it if needed. You may also need regular tests to check for diabetes, high blood pressure, and other possible problems.
477746 tn?1254788147 This may be because beta-endorphins are produced directly in the brain itself and the blood levels of endorphins do not represent what is occurring in the brain. A common perceptual experience that occurs during exercise is that many aches and pains suddenly feel better during exercise. One study examined just how effective exercise was at increasing pain threshold in athletes compared to rest.
393685 tn?1425816122 Imbalances in the adrenal system can contribute to problems with the nervous and immune systems, body composition difficulties, blood sugar irregularities, and high androgen levels. Symptoms of adrenal imbalance Allergies / asthma Arthritis Bone loss Chemical sensitivities Morning/evening fatigue High blood sugar Increased abdominal fat Memory lapses Sleep disturbances Sugar cravings Thyroid Function Imbalance Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism.
Avatar f tn Acne occurs when the patient has high androgen levels, or a particular sensitivity to the effects of androgens. Androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin. Bacteria on the skin feeds off this excess oil (sebum) blocking the pores and resulting in inflammed acne spots. Best Wishes, Eloise.
Avatar m tn - 25-50% of the time is loose, normal size - Sometimes light-weight sorta like it has an internal sponge cake texture or filling. Has a basic structure and shape, almost 'normal.' - Sometimes engorged with blood, very heavy, lead weight. No structure, plump, very dead-like. - Sometimes takes on a weird 'coke bottle' shape. Like a band is restricting around the middle, while full and plump near the glans.
Avatar f tn Women with PCOS are at greater risk of having high blood pressure. Women with PCOS have high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Women with PCOS can develop sleep apnea. This is when breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep.
Avatar m tn Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol Caffeine increases your body’s normal estrogen levels which are already high in women with PCOS. This highly addictive drug blocks the absorption of magnesium, a key mineral that is essential to the colon’s regulation of normal, healthy, bowel movements. Coffee, in particular, compounds this problem by acting as a laxative, causing the bowels to move prior to the absorption of water and mineral nutrients which reinforces malnutrition and dehydration.
Avatar n tn When I went to the doc they said that's normal because of all the estrigen in my system. I just really hope that I can take those pills and start my period soon. Did the doctors ever tell you why they thought you had stopped your period, or was it just one of those things that they didn't have an answer for? And was the period extreemly painfull as well once you took the ten pills?
Avatar f tn Count back 14 days from the next expected due date of period, this gives the approximate date of ovulation in the present cycle. Some women get a spotting with ovulation and others get cramps. Almost everyone experiences an increase in white discharge around ovulation. There is always a rise in the basal body temperature (taken first thing in the morning before getting out of bed) around ovulation. Follicular studies by ultrasound can also know the exact date there is ovulation.
393685 tn?1425816122 My sister, who is young, had this problem and she had a high level of androgens--get tested for hormonal imbalance. In women, androgens are produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells. In fact, women may produce too much or too little of these hormones -- disorders of androgen excess and deficiency affect an estimated 5 to 10 percent of women and are among the more common hormonal disorders in women. http://www.healthywomen.
1419848 tn?1283647189 Studies performed at the Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta, Turkey, show that women drinking two cups of spearmint tea for five days significantly lowered their androgen levels. Other herbs known to reduce testosterone levels include black cohosh (20 to 40 mg twice daily), saw palmetto (160 mg twice daily) and chaste tree (20 to 40 mg daily).
Avatar n tn I was not told of this as a risk to my decision to have my tubes tied - but I understand that it happens in about 5% of women who decide to have the procedure. It is a hormone imbalance caused by damage to the ovaries due to decreased blood flow. It is to much estrogen to too little progesterone. Unfortunately for me I was not diagnosed until I had gone into early menopause and suffered from weight gain, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can be treated by using topical hormones.
Avatar n tn Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common cause of female infertility in the United States. Obesity. It's estimated that about half of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are obese. Skin tags. These small, excess growths of skin that are usually found on your neck or in your armpit are common in women with PCOS. Prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. The ability to use insulin effectively is impaired in PCOS and can result in high blood sugar levels and diabetes.
Avatar f tn Hence it is important to find the cause of irregular periods and treat them if you want to conceive. High level of stress, dramatic changes in your life style, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalance as seen in thyroid problems and PCOS, chain smoking, may be some of the common causes of your irregular periods. Cushing’s disease and disorders of adrenal gland, tumors of the ovaries and adrenals, insulin resistance and obesity are some of the other factors.