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Lowering Androgens Naturally
Yes!: But only if you lose weight in a safe fashion via healthy nutrition & regular exercise. What you want to do is to shed belly fat which is where testosterone is converted into estrogen, the female hormone. Less fat means less conversion which means more T. But rather than focus on T, focus on healthy lifestyle leading to healthy life. ...Read more
Off-label options: 1st, there are no over-the-counter dietary supplements that can/will increase testosterone production, no matter what miracles they promise. Don't buy into their ads as manufacturers are not required to prove safety or effectiveness prior to marketing. 2nd, (way) off-label use of hcg, Clomiphene & tamoxifen etc have been studied as a means to increase t production in men while retaining fertility. ...Read more
20yr male 69' 140lb... can decreasing estrogen, increase testosterone and improve hair growth? (Estrogen Blockers)
Hair growth: There should be nothing to cause hair growth problems in a 20 year old man. Please see your doctor about that. Is there any evidence that your testosterone is low? Your body mass index (BMI) is at the very low end at 20.7. Are you dieting or exercising so much that you are not gaining weight? ...Read more
By the follicle: An amazing dance of hormones coordinates the reproductive system. One of the thousands of egg sacs that are in the ovary matures each month during the reproductive years. During the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, the follicle releases estradiol, a potent estrogen. After releasing its egg, the follicle becomes a corpus luteum and makes Progesterone instead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise!: Exercise leading to fat loss is best way to increase testosterone & lower estrogen. Fat contains aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone into estradiol. So fat loss means less testosterone is converted into estrogen, thereby improving your t:e ratio. And exercise is best way to do so naturally. Of course, eating right goes a long ways to helping you exercise more & lose fat, too. ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle: First, lose weight if you are overweight. Sleep 8 hours per/night. Increase exercise aerobic plus strength training. Take control of stress. Researching various medical website, most conclude that you need to optimize your Vitamin D levels. Increase healthy fats eg, nuts, avocados, fish, eggs, olives, olive oil. Increase zinc in diet with Oysters, shellfish and beans. Contact your Dr. about T. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It doesn't: Spironolactone is a diuretic that also happens to block testosterone receptors in hair follicles. Since many women with P COS experience some degree of hirsutism as a result of the elevated testosterone common with PCOS the Spironolactone is prescribed to block the receptors to prevent those hair changes. The testosterone production can be decreased by suppressing the ovaries with OCP's. ...Read more
No: Nolvadex, a brand of tamoxifen, is a selective estrogen receptor modulator. As such, there are some small studies that suggest that it can actually increase testosterone production in med. Similarly, so can aromatase inhibitors which decrease conversion of t into e. Check out http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/list_of_drugs_banned_from_the_olympics for a list of banned substances in competition & why. ...Read more
Complex: Fertility requires a number of hormones that need to be released in the right amounts at the right time in your cycles. For instance, fsh makes the follicles which contain the eggs grow, lh causes the eggs to release and estrogen and Progesterone prepare the womb for implantation. Production of too little or too much of these hormones or release at the wrong time can cause infertility. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do u want more?: Testosterone is metabolized (broken down) into Dht & Estradiol (e2). Testosterone is anabolic (makes muscles grow). Dht is androgenic (makes you more male). But too much Dht can also lead to hair loss and prostate enlargement. So we don't typically try to raise Dht (although if you take an aromatase inhibitor to shut down e2, you might raise Dht via seesaw effect), rather we lower Dht via 5ari. ...Read more
Yes: Testosterone is broken down into Dht & Estradiol (e2). Too much Dht is associated w/hair loss & prostate enlargement. Too much e2 is associated w/gynecomastia, eg nipple sensitivity and/or male breast development (moobs). Different medications can stop metabolism of t but can also upset balance (think of a seesaw). So if Dht goes down, e2 might go up. And vice versa. Talk to doc & monitor levels. ...Read more
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Same answer: Need 2b evaluated by an encrinologist if ur levels are abnormally high, i.E if you have congenital adrenal hyperplasia, in which case you would already be under an endo. Dr. Source of hormone needs to be eliminated if androgen level high from an androgen or testosterone secreting tumor. Advise against taking anti-androgen medication if your testosterone or androgen level is only high normal. ...Read more
Depends: Need 2b evaluated by an encrinologist if ur levels are abnormally high, i.E if you have congenital adrenal hyperplasia, in which case you would already be under an endo. Dr. Source of hormone needs to be eliminated if androgen level high from an androgen or testosterone secreting tumor. Advise against taking anti-androgen medication if your testosterone or androgen level is only high normal. ...Read more
I have nonclassic adrenal hyperplasia. What else can be done to lower my androgen levels besides 300mg spiro?
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Can spironolactone lower your androgens to low? Labs below normal level. Is that desired or will it cause problems? Taking bc too.
Yes and no: It depends on your symptoms and what else is going on. Personally I would adjust the dose to allow the androgens to be in normal levels, unless there were other symptoms that suggested otherwise. ...Read more
Medication, not supp: Testosterone is broken down into Dht & e2 (estradiol) under a feedback system not unlike a thermostat. By lowering dht, you can trick body into making more t in order to raise dht. Same w/lowering e2 to raise t. Beware that Dht & e2 are on a seesaw so that lowering one raises other. In other words, always check all 3 levels. Finally, supplements alone can't do this, just medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can spironolactone lower your androgens to low? Dhyi and andro labs below normal, testosterone normal. Is this desired or can it cause problems?
No: Spironolactone blocks androgen effect by blocking Androgen receptors but it does not lower Androgen level. It is commonly used to relief symptoms of Androgen excess like hirsutism ( excessive body & facial hair). Be careful it is teratogenic ( may cause birth defects) and should be used with a reliable method of contraception. ...Read more
Hydroxyprogesterone caproate is androgen precursor used to lower the risk of a preterm baby,if an injection of 250mg what are its androgenic effect?
Precursor: 17 OH Progesterone is a precursor to androgens and when combines with caproic acid to form 17 OH P caproate it is then used for preterm labor. There are no known androgenic effects that I am aware of that are clinically meaningful and it is currently a category B drug by the FDA. ...Read more
Is there natural way for lower androgen? I have trouble with hair growth and pcos. Can I make it better with diet?
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Is hair follicle miniaturization from high androgen birth control reversible if I switch to a lower androgen pill? No shedding just thinner strands
Ask your doctor...: Why did you start taking high-androgen birth control? For real birth control or acne? For whatever, always ask your prescribing doctor for possible adjusting drug dose; in fact, s/he should know more about you individual conditions than anyone online. Online sporadic opinion may further confusion leading more unwanted anxiety and fear. Best wish... ...Read more
Will birth control with a higher estrogen and lower androgen potency such as levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) cause acne?
Androgens: I presume you are a man. Androgens should only be prescribed if your testosterone is low. Before prescribing your doctor will also order a set of labs that could also be abnormal with a low testosterone. If all your exams and labs are normal DO NOT TAKE any androgens. Yes you will feel great and stronger but the long term effects won't be pleasant. ...Read more
Male sex hormones : Male sex hormones produced by the testes(main production site ) and adrenal gland (in small quantities).Adrenal glands are small glands one on either sitting on top of kidneys. These hormones are important for development of male characteristics- including voice changes. The same hormones are produced in small qunatities by ovaries and adrenals in females , but in excess cause android (methyltestosterone) changes ...Read more
Hormones: Both progesterone and androgens are hormones. I would recommend that you go on-line and search for hormones. There will be many articles that you should read and most, if not all, will give you the information you want. You might also want to peruse Yahoo Images and type in "Hormones". You will see some valuable images, most of them with a few words of explanation. ...Read more
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