I have high Testosterone, and my doctor wants me to take saw palmetto to reduce it. I work in a male-dominated industry/field, I like being competitive, and my libido is on the low side. Is there any reason why having high Testosterone is a bad thing for women? Dr. Google hasn't been forthcoming on this issue.
Extra info: my estrogen, LH, and FSH are normal. DHEA is a little high, progesterone was low but that may be an artifact of when I took the test (day 21, but my cycles are longer than 28 days).
You sound a lot like my sister. She has higher T and borderline-high DHEAS with longer cycles. We are both highly competitive! It might be hormones; it might just be how we're wired.
If you know how long your cycles typically are, you can get a rough idea of what phase you were in, and then correlate that to the appropriate lab reference range.
Acne? More hair than most women? Irregular cycles, heavy/long periods, excessive cramping or PMS? Hair thinning? I think those are the big ones. Why did your doc run a hormone panel?
I took saw palmetto for awhile in an effort to lower my androgen levels, but I can't say it did much. From the n=1 experiences I've read about, it seems to vary wildly from person to person. Men often take it for BPH.
Elevated T in women can be a symptom of aging, but also a number of serious conditions (albet those tend to cause more extreme imbalances in hormone levels). Could you be in pre-menopause? If so, it is an expected symptom. Other than birth control and saw palmetto you don't have many options to lower it through medicines, however i also wouldn't leave it to itself. If not close to menopause, acne and budding hirsutism shouldn't be the "normality". If you are relying on a low carb diet, i would recommend relaxing it for a few weeks, for example following the primal blueprint recommendations, which allow for a good amount of fruits, as excess cortisol could be triggering your symptoms (and exhausting your adrenals in the process). High cortisol is also known to cause low DHEAs and progesterone. Carb refeed days could also be effective.
I suppose it depends on how high your T levels are, and how they are impacting your other hormones. I'm more familiar with PCOS, than just high testosterone itself, but there is supposedly and increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes heading into menopause.
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