Thank you for getting back to me so quickley!
I dont eat red meat, I dont drink coffee or any caffinated products, and the only dairy I eat is a little cheese and ice cream.
I'm also not a weight lifter.
In the past year I have noticed myself getting hair where I didn't before, and getting darker hair where I already had hair.
Does it sound like I could have PCOS?
Whether or not you think I do, how could they figure out if I'm having
problems with my ovaries? By doing a ultrasound? Are there other tests?
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I've recently had some blood work done because I have been missing my cycle since Aug 2006 (has since come back...this week).
I asked my doctor about my test results and it shows that the
testosterone in my body was at 3.60 nmol/L and the normal range is
0.20-2.90 nmol/L. I'm obviously above normal range. Are my results
extremely high? Can I take some sort of herbs/vitamins that can help
lower it? I do not want to take anti hormonal medicine.
Thanks for writing. I will try to answer your questions but first I
have to say that you should consult with a physician or medical
professional if you have any health concerns.
Okay, there are several factors to consider when you have a high
testosterone level. In females testosterone is produced by the ovaries,
and high levels can be influenced by eating a diet with a lot of red
meats, by drinking a lot of coffee or caffeine loaded drinks, or by
eating and drinking a lot of dairy products.
Testosterone levels can vary with each individual, and can also be
affected by heredity (genetics), or by weight training or weight
lifting. (I have heard of women missing periods during heavy weight
training). So to say whether or not your results are extremely high
would be just a guess on my part, since they tend to vary so much in
Because levels can vary so much, your level which is only .70 over the
normal range, doesn't sound like that much over the top. So in addition
to the missing your cycles, unless you are experiencing hot flashes,
excess body hair, anxiety, moodiness, or any other hormonal induced
symptoms, it may not be anything to worry about.
Aerobic exercise may help, and cutting down or avoiding the foods and
drinks I mentioned above. But again, unless it is causing you any major
adverse symptoms I'm sure you will be just fine. But if you are overly
concerned about it maybe it would be a good idea to see an
endocrinologist, or a gynecologist. Either one can set your mind at
I am not aware of any vitamin or herb that will lower testosterone. If
your body is producing more than normal, and the foods and drinks aren't
affecting it, then maybe you are experiencing some kind of hormone
imbalance due to some kind of ovarian problem. Again, a trip to your
gynecologist would help to either rule out or discover if this is the
I hope this answers your question sufficiently, and if I can be of any
more help please feel free to write back in a followup question.
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Yes, PCOS can cause testosterone levels to increase. Steroid medication
can also cause it to rise, or if you have high levels of insulin in
your system. Are you a diabetic, by any chance ? And you never
mentioned your age ? Although as you get older and approach menopause
your testosterone levels will begin to drop.
Hormone levels can be tested either from blood or saliva. Ultrasound
only gives them a picture and may show up a cyst (PCOS), but will not
actually indicate a cause for increased testosterone.
Your heritage could also be a factor. Being careful not to offend
anyone, I would guess that anyone of Italian, Greek, or middle-eastern
descent could possibly have higher testosterone levels than, say,
someone of scandinavian or other parts of the world. I know, I am
really reaching here. But I'm just throwing ideas out there since this
is a very complex issue it is very hard to nail down the exact cause.
It could also be something as simple as a vitamin or mineral
deficiency. This can be tested by doing a hair follicle analysis.
Usually only alternative practitioners do these types of tests.
The levels of testosterone are usually balanced out by estrogen, so
perhaps low estrogen may be the problem. But again, this points to the
Depending on the area of the country you live, there may be a Holistic
practioner out there that has some electronic testing and diagnostic
equipment that will narrow down the cause of your problem. I know of
such a doctor in Louisville, Ky .
I hope some of this info helps, and I'm sorry that I can't offer more
help. But if you have any more questions please write back and I will
try to help.
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