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is this low estrogen high testosterone?

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Created October 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

just got some bloodwork done and not sure how to read it........... anything jump out to you? I'm 21 female 5'3 muscular 130 pounds experiencing (suffering with) hirstuitism and acne

Estrad: 69.40 pg/ml
Progesterone .76 ng/ml
SHBG 57
Total t3 64.6
Free T4 1.1
Free T3 2.73
Lutinizing hormone 5.8
Total Testosterone 42 ng/dl (this had also been measured at a 69 on the last test)
Free Testosterone .8
Pregnalone 152 ng/dl
TSH 3.28
FSH 5.4

thank you so so much

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1173 · November 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

take thyroid meds such as desiccated thyroid if your body can't convert T4 to T3 or synthetic T4 if your body can make the conversion

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145 · November 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

what do people do to combat that?

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145 · November 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

what can i do for that?

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145 · October 13, 2012 at 2:12 AM

thanks, yeah it was easier before i gained weight. unfortunately im a drinker, which makes my insulin levels somewhat unstable. would probably drink less if my self confidence was higher :/. thanks for your insight

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145 · October 13, 2012 at 2:10 AM

sounds like pretty much the same place i'm in. no matter what kind of doctor i go to it feels like no one can help! i've got regular periods too so people dismiss me pretty quickly. i've been thinking about getting adrenal and ovary ultrasounds as the next step... such a bummer!

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649 · October 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

As others said this could be PCOS related, but do not overlook high cortisol condition that could manifest many of the same hair and insulin handling issues. I say this because you mention drinking. Frequent high intake of alcohol can cause a symptom called Pseudo Cushings. This can cause thin skin, facial hair and other unattractive crap. Also high cortisol from your alcohol/exercise/low carb whatever can also lead to depleted sex hormones and create a relative high testosterone condition I think. This means that you could be showing signs of high T and not really have high T.

In short, look into your cortisol levels perhaps.

The nice things according to Wikipedia is that 5 days without alcohol can normalize your cortisol levels. Try that out maybe. Seems like the easiest possible fix that you can take direct action on today.

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1173 · October 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

your TSH is a little high...you might have subclinical hypothyroidism

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145 · November 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

what do people do to combat that?

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1173 · November 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

take thyroid meds such as desiccated thyroid if your body can't convert T4 to T3 or synthetic T4 if your body can make the conversion

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259 · October 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Defo sounds like PCOS, I have all the same symptoms (high testosterone, facial hair, cystic acne...) My doctor diagnosed it for sure after giving me an ultrasound scan and blood tests. Its the main reason I started with paleo back in September and so far the acne on my back is completely gone (and it was pretty bad!) although my face hasn't sorted itself out yet - I'm hoping it'll catch up soon!

I've only had 2 periods in the last 18 months, which in one way is great for convenience but of course really it means that something is pretty wrong on the inside :(

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140 · October 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Hirstuitism and acne, plus high testosterone levels are a sure sign for PCOS. Though I don't know the first thing about particular blood levels and all that jazz, so I don't know if that is your case. If your menstrual cycle is also out of whack, then PCOS mostly likely your problem. It is an endocrine disorder, thus is treated similar to diabetes- low GI foods, low carbs. You're on the right track. The symptoms also are reduced if 10% of one's body weight is lost. I also have it and have zero symptoms. Not sure when exactly they disappeared by they are no longer present after losing 28% of my weight.

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145 · October 13, 2012 at 2:12 AM

thanks, yeah it was easier before i gained weight. unfortunately im a drinker, which makes my insulin levels somewhat unstable. would probably drink less if my self confidence was higher :/. thanks for your insight

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115 · June 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM

TSH is high, the new range is 0-2, a lot of docs and labs haven't updated those ranges. You have a hypothyroidism by the looks of it, have a thyroid antibodies test to see if it's Hashimotos

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0 · November 19, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I agree with nursling. TSH seems a little high.

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145 · November 19, 2012 at 1:48 AM

what can i do for that?

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40 · October 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Sorry I can't help here but I have a similar problem and will be getting blood work soon , I have excessive facial hair and hormonal acne , painful cyst, been doing paleo for 3 months and have noticed improvement , I think my periods are regular, they alternate between 24 and 26 days, but sometimes I wonder if I can have PCOS, I hate to ask my doctor anything, all they want to do is give me prescription without really checking me

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145 · October 13, 2012 at 2:10 AM

sounds like pretty much the same place i'm in. no matter what kind of doctor i go to it feels like no one can help! i've got regular periods too so people dismiss me pretty quickly. i've been thinking about getting adrenal and ovary ultrasounds as the next step... such a bummer!

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