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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Overview)

Sex hormone-binding globulin (shbg) or sex steroid-binding globulin (ssbg) is a glycoprotein that binds to sex hormones, to be specific, androgens and estrogens. Other steroid hormones such as progesterone, cortisol, and other corticosteroids are bound by transcortin.


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What is the definition or description of: sex hormone binding globulin?

What is the definition or description of: sex hormone binding globulin?

See below: Sex hormone-binding globulin (shbg) or sex steroid-binding globulin (ssbg) is a glycoprotein that binds to sex hormones, to be specific, androgens and estrogens. Other steroid hormones such as progesterone, cortisol, and other corticosteroids are bound by transcortin. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
40 doctors shared insights

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Overview)

Sex hormone-binding globulin (shbg) or sex steroid-binding globulin (ssbg) is a glycoprotein that binds to sex hormones, to be specific, androgens and estrogens. Other steroid hormones such as progesterone, cortisol, and other corticosteroids are bound by transcortin.


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What does it mean if my testosterone is normal but I have a low level of sex hormone binding globulin?

What does it mean if my testosterone is normal but I have a low level of sex hormone binding globulin?

Free Testosterone: Hi. If your total testosterone is normal and you have low SHBG, you have a plenty normal free testosterone. Therefore, you're eugonadal (normal pituitary and gonadal function). ...Read more

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Having Safe Sex (Checklist)

Use protection (condoms) when in doubt about status of sexual partner
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How can you get pregnant if you have high sex hormone binding globulin?

How can you get pregnant if you have high sex hormone binding globulin?

Shbg: Elevated shbg can decrease available sex steroids which can have a physiologic effect. This effect is part of the mechanism of action of oral contraceptives. Avoid meds or plant sources of estrogen (excessive soy). Many can self regulate because the feedback inhibition of the pituitary responds to free and not bound hormone. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sex hormone binding globulin?

See below: Sex hormone-binding globulin (shbg) or sex steroid-binding globulin (ssbg) is a glycoprotein that binds to sex hormones, to be specific, androgens and estrogens. Other steroid hormones such as progesterone, cortisol, and other corticosteroids are bound by transcortin. ...Read more

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What can decrease the serum levels of sex hormone binding globulin?

Exercise & fat loss: Sex hormone binding globulin (shbg) is related to estrogen levels which are related to body fat. So the non-drug way to get around this is via exercise & nutrition in order to get rid of excess body fat, esp around your gut. If you can't lower your estrogen levels enough, some physicians (myself included) will attempt an off-label trial of an aromatase inhibitor to stop your body's conversion of t. ...Read more

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What supplements can decrease the levels of sex hormone binding globulin?

Don't know of any: Shbg is affected by sex hormones. Estrogen increases and male hormones including testosterone decreases shbg. Lowering Insulin levels with a very low carbohydrate high fat diet will improve metabolic health that would ultimately increase shbg. ...Read more

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My testosterone is normal but I have a low level of sex hormone binding globulin. why?

My testosterone is normal but I have a low level of sex hormone binding globulin. why?

Testosterone: Missing from your question is whether you have a problem with erections and/or ejaculation. Please let me know when you have those answers. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my testosterone is normal but I have a low level of sex hormone binding globulin?

Free Testosterone: Hi. If your total testosterone is normal and you have low SHBG, you have a plenty normal free testosterone. Therefore, you're eugonadal (normal pituitary and gonadal function). ...Read more

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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more