High levels of androgen in women

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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.
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 The risk of heart attack is 4 to 7 times higher in women with PCOS than women of the same age without PCOS. 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 f tn Hi. Although your androgen (male hormone) levels are normal you are probably very sensitive to their effects. You could take an anti-androgen contraceptive pill like Dianette (Diane35 in the USA). Rather than shaving, have you tried facial hair removing cream? It will be a more pleasant experience for you, and the results will last much longer than shaving. Laser treatment carried out at a skin clinic can permanently remove hair.
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.
1332551 tn?1275658929 Acne is caused by high androgen levels. Androgen levels are commonly raised during times of hormonal change including puberty and after delivery of a baby. Face washes alone will not heal acne. Your doctor can prescribe a course of oral antibiotics such as Oxytetracycline 250mg twice daily and a topical retinoid cream called Differin (adapalene). Female acne patients may also benefit from taking an anti-androgen contraceptive pill like Yasmin or Diane35.
1419848 tn?1283643589 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 m tn This can be shown with elevated levels of antibodies - Thyroid Peroxidase antibody (TPOAb) and/or Thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb). However 10 - 20% with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis do not have high levels of thyroid antibodies. An ultrasound or FNA biopsy can confirm a suspected diagnosis. *** The following info is from the book "The Everything Guide To Thyroid Disease" by Theodore C.
Avatar f tn Low levels of DHEAS may be due to adrenal dysfunction or hypopituitarism - a condition that causes decreased levels of the pituitary hormones that regulate the production and secretion of adrenal hormones. Normal DHEAS levels, along with other normal androgen levels, may indicate that the adrenal gland is functioning normally or (more rarely) that an adrenal tumor or cancer present is not secreting hormones.
Avatar f tn Hypothetically, androgen treatment would relieve clinical symptoms and reduce risks of osteoporosis in affected women. In younger women, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) might have benefit; particularly an OCP with a relatively androgenic progestin component. However, OCPs are also known to suppress free testosterone. Few clinical trials have examined the efficacy or safety of testosterone therapy in women.
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.
Avatar f tn So ovaries develop more follicles than normal every month.Diagnostic tests are 2 hr GTT,serum androgen and testosterone levels,LH-FSH ratio,prolactin levels,TSH levels,17-hydroxyprogesterone levels and 3D ultrasound done. You should take the medicines prescribed and discuss these investigations with your doctor. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided.
Avatar n tn Hi. Acne is caused by high levels of, or a particular sensitivity to, the effects of androgens in your body. Androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands which produce sebum (oil). If too much sebum is produced your pores become blocked with oil and bacteria which feeds off the oil. Although high androgen levels are most common during puberty, they can occur at any age. Over the counter acne preparations tend to be of limited benefit, so see your doctor for one of the many more effective treatments.
Avatar f tn Metformin may be useful in restoring regular menstrual cycles and starting ovulation in about 45% of women with PCOS.3 Clomiphene (Clomid) and metformin may be more effective when they are taken together. But more research is needed to confirm if this is true. Some studies show that taking metformin has helped with in vitro fertilization (IVF). But other research did not support this.
Avatar f tn Since then I have put on about 8lbs and the hair on my face needs removing more often. I am finding I cannot fit in my clothes very well since most of my weight is around my middle. To me these are classic signs are they not?! I mentioned it to a doctor a few years back but she just shrugged and said lots of people get hair on their face...yeah they do and they're men!! Basically, the weight gain symptom is really getting to me.
Avatar n tn 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. Best regards!
Avatar m tn Could I have an androgen secreting tumor since all estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid levels are within normal range? Or is there something else I am missing? I am scheduled for an appointment with GP in two weeks, but I cannot stop thinking that something more is going on.
Avatar f tn t sound like you have PCOD. Women with PCOD typically have irregular menstrual periods, elevated androgen levels (excessive hair growth of the face, etc), and are often overweight. Given the information you provided, I'm not sure what exactly it is either but there clearly seems to be some nervous involvement (radiating pain).
Avatar f tn I am being treated with this with Hydrocortone but with this my testosterone levels is low as is my Free Androgen Index is also low. I am now on transdermal patch of testosterone to try to ignite my libido which has been non-exsistent for years. the dose of 300mg is not enough but my doctor does not want to up dosage. I would like to have a healthy sex life and my marriage is definitely suffering due to this. anyone got any answers to this for me?
Avatar f tn Sharma please do your research. Levonorgestrel is a cause of hair loss in women. Every single birth control that contains high androgen index progestins can cause hair loss. Stop telling women Plan B and birth control pills don’t cause hair loss. They do. The more doctors that understand this - the less of a problem women will have as they can make an informed choice. Please do your research. A simple search on any big BCP air IUD containing high androgen index progestins will show you this.
Avatar f tn Diagnostic tests are 2 hr GTT,serum androgen and testosterone levels,LH-FSH ratio,prolactin levels,TSH levels,17-hydroxyprogesterone levels and 3D ultrasound. 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 doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
Avatar n tn 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? Or have you recently changed your method of birth control?
Avatar f tn Increased levels of DHEAS are not diagnostic of a specific condition; they usually indicate the need for further testing to pinpoint the cause of the hormone imbalance.