Symptoms of excess androgen in women

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Avatar f tn Does excess androgen show up in a simple blood test?
Avatar f tn I am a 36yr old female. Since the age of 13, I have shaved my face because of excess blonde hair, & when putting on makeup it would look as if I had a mustache. Growing up without much money to go to a doctor. My mother told me to shave it off. I've been so embarrassed throughout the years, because this is something that has to be maintained on a daily basis. My husband has no idea- I sneak in the bathroom in the morning and shave before he gets up for work.
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 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 PCOS comes with a host of symptoms. One of the hallmark signs is irregular periods. 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.
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.
1987537 tn?1326671803 hi,,,, adrenal virilism tests are blood tests checking of an excess of serum androstenedione and dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA ,,, both are androgens which are secreted mainly by adrenal gland….
Avatar f tn The test for sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) is primarily ordered in conjunction with other tests to evaluate the status of a person's androgen levels - the male hormones. 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.
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 i have recently at 23-25 im 25 now,have gotten abnormal growth in mt neck and chin of course black hairs,like the blonde ones turned black,even more weird is that its in a perfectly straight line across my neck,prodomanitly on the right. I,ve lost a bunch of weight recently not the right way but the lifes taking over stress way,if i balance outmyhormones or change my diet and exercise can they go away?do you think its somthing i am doing to myself.
Avatar f tn Hello, Hirsutism is usually caused by hormonal imbalance and in women PCOS is one of the leading causes of hirsutism. So please get an evaluation done for this cause. The methods of hair removal in hirsutism are shaving, chemical depilation by using depilatory creams, temporary epilation by plucking, tweezing, waxing and permanent epilation by electrolysis, thermolysis and laser hair removal. Apart from these there are some medicines available for treating hirsutism in PCOS.
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.
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 Smoking is also often associated with secondary amenorrhea and can be worse in presence of stress. Sometimes tumors of the ovaries and brain may also cause absence of menstruation. Severe anemia and malnutrition, excess weight gain or weight loss, hypothyroidism too can contribute. If you have been on pills or depot shots then this can be post pill amenorrhea. Do discuss this with your gynecologist (consult another if need be) and get yourself examined. Take care!
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 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 Hello, Hirsutism is usually caused by hormonal imbalance and in women PCOS is one of the leading causes of hirsutism and infertility. The methods of hair removal in hirsutism are shaving, chemical depilation by using depilatory creams, temporary epilation by plucking, tweezing, waxing and permanent epilation by electrolysis, thermolysis and laser hair removal. Apart from these there are some medicines available for treating hirsutism in PCOS.
Avatar n tn DHEA (androgen) and Insulin. And of course, the cystic ovaries. How are your menses? I would get menses every month before I was put on Yasmin, however, they were not regular, I had heavy bleeding and a lot of pain. No one single symptom is enough to diagnose this syndrome, you have to do all the required tests. I suggest you ask for an insulin test as well, if you haven't had one yet.
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 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 n tn i'm 24 years old and gets sudden break outs of acne. It appears mostly around my chin and under my neck. could certain foods i eat be the cause of that?
Avatar f tn In such cases, prescribing FDA-approved erectile dysfunction medications could be appropriate There has been far less research regarding opiate-induced endocrine deficiencies in women than in men. 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.
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 It is also seen as a sexual technique that protects individuals from the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. However if done in excess or with force, it can result in trauma to the penis. 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 regards.
Avatar m tn s important to know what some of these autoimmune conditions are in case you do start to experience symptoms. Keep in mind, too, that you may be more likely to develop Hashimoto's if you have one of these other conditions.