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Pcos Low Estrogen
I have pcos with low estrogen and prog. How would my gyn increase my estrogen? I heard bcp is bad because it will decrease my estrogen even more.
Not likely: If you are not trying to conceive, then birth control pills are best to help prevent conversion to testosterone as well as to help prevent uterine cancer. Women with pcos often have elevated estrogen, not low estrogen. Maybe consider going to gynecologist again to make sure that you have the right diagnosis. Again, if you are trying to conceive then bcp not indicated. ...Read more
Can I have Hashimoto's even with normal TSH levels? I have PCOS and low estrogen and progesterone. Male pattern symptoms.
Possible: Hashimoto is an autoimmune condition involving the thyroid, thus the thyroid function test may well be normal the early stage although you will eventually end up with a low thyroid function. ...Read more
Are there any birth control pills available to treat PCOS that are low in estrogen/estrogen-free? I have migraines and am currently on Yaz, and want to reduce my stroke risk. I'm in college and the OBGYN clinic here on campus is very unhelpful.
Hmmm...: Short answer is yes: there are low-estrogen oral contraceptives. Not sure you'd want to do that, though. First, the ovarian cysts can only be controlled if ovulation is stopped, and this requires taking estrogen to inhibit pituitary FSH release. Without estrogen the cysts might rage out of control. This estrogen must (I believe) be balanced with progesterone and testosterone, EVEN in PCOS patients ...Read more
Do women with pcos have high estrogen levels or low estrogen? I've heard it's usually high but somewhere it's mentioned that the levels are low.
Pcos: Women with pcos more frequently have higher estrogen levels. The problem however is compounded by an excess of androgen hormones e.g. Testosterone that causes many problems. Also women with pcos tend to develop hyperinsulinism that make matters much worse. Pcos requires careful medical attention to maintain health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does low progesterone or estrogen dominance cause acne in women with pcos? How does that happen?
Hyperandrogenism: Acne in women with pcos is caused by hyperandrogenism (too much male-type hormones) including testosterone, produced by the ovaries. Insulin resistance promotes hyperandrogenism. Treatments include Insulin sensitizers like metformin if you're trying to conceive, or birth control pills and anti-androgens like spironolactone if not ttc. 'low progesterone' occurs in women with pcos who don't ovulate. ...Read more
Does high androstenidione level in a girl with pcos imply that she has estrogen dominance or low progesterone?
Unclear: Usually, patients with pcos have normal adrenal hormone levels- normal androstenedione, normal dhea and normal 17 hydroxyprogesterone- the most common finding is isolated high free testosterone. The problem is lack of ovulation and excessive production of male hormones in the ovary. I would ask your doctor to clarify the elevated adrenal levels. She may need more evaluation. ...Read more
I have pcos my vagina is always dry, get head ached, over weight and hard to lose weight. Could it be due to low estrogen?
A Body Mechanic View: Medical system approach to problems of an embodied soul connected to a mind, fragile brain + body is to pick apart inherently complex integrated life issues. Estrogen (a derivative of cholesterol) is 1 of many signaling hormones & may be involved but far from primary control. Pcos strongly correlated with Insulin resistance, body fat, lfhc foods. Suggest study: dietdoctor, taubes, attia, nusi.Org. ...Read more
High LH and low estrogen. I have PCOS, normal FSH and testos. Having strange pelvic pains as if cramps ALL month. Had dysmenorhea from 1st cycle. Help?
I have PCOS. Estrogen is very low, high androgen. GYN not treating hormone levels. Joint problems, hirtuism. should hormones be regulated?
PCOS: It sounds plausible you may have PCOS if you have had hormone testing, BUT in most PCOS the estrogen is high, not low as you describe. There are other causes of elevated androgens that should be tested. If another problem is found, or if PCOS is confirmed then treatment should be given. Seek a second opinion. ...Read more
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