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Will Dhea Convert Into Estrogen
Yes: Dhea is a male-type (androgenic) hormone from the adrenal glands which can be enzymatically converted to other androgens in your body, which can be converted to Estrogens by the hormone aromatase. Beware of marketing excesses that imply benefits from supplements which are unproven. ...Read more
I have elevated dhea levels (345) and low estrogen, I am 31 years old and do not have any tumors. Could birth control help balance this out?
If you mean DHEAS: your level is normal. Why are you taking DHEA? It's metabolized to either cortisone, estrogen or testosterone and you can't control which one. Also, most of the DHEA pills don't really have much DHEA in them. You haven't provided enough facts to really tell you anything, Birth control isn't really used to "balance" anything WHy are you on estrogen and also BCP's? Talk w/your doctor, ...Read more
Consensus is that 7-keto dhea does not elevate testosterone, estrogen or dhea, but there are some doctors and patients that disagree. Your take?
39yr old female, why is testosterone 390ng/dl sohigh? Dhea-s low under 15ug/dl, period & cortisol normal. 2 years on 0.025 estrogen patch. No hairines
Recheck promptly!: Testosterone 390 ng/dl (are you absolutely sure of units?) is extremely high for a female. Please have it checked again sooner not later; if still elevated you need prompt evaluation of the pelvis with imaging studies. With no hairiness (hirsutism) and regular periods I am suspicious the test is either in error or there's a confusion with units. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are your thoughts on DHEA supplement after total hysterectomy vs the traditional estrogen and testosterone therapy?
Don't bother w/DHEA: DHEA is a dietary supplement that garnered a lot of press at one as mother of all hormones but there's no proof of clinical benefit despite theory. There are definite risks as well as benefits to hormone replacement. Individual answer depends upon your personal & Family History. Total hysterectomy refers only to removing uterus which means ovaries are left behind. Ask if BSO necessary which means ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...
See endocrinologist: Dhea isn't a hormone we typically measure at random because it isn't as reliable as the longer 1/2 life of dheas. Likewise, we usually don't measure total estrogen as it isn't helpful. Dhea is most reliable when compared before and after IV acth during stim testing around other hormones. Adrenal insufficiency can't be identified with a random dhea. ...Read more
Taking estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is known to be a risk factor for causing blood clots. Is the same true of pregnenolone and dhea?
Unknown, probably no: Supplements such as dhea and pregnenolone are not regulated by the fda and have no good studies that demonstrate that they do anything beneficial for any medical condition. The safety of these supplements is also unknown. You appear to be very young to have to be on hormone supplements. You should see an endocrinologist to find out if you really need to be on them. ...Read more
My estrogen, progesterone & testosterone levels are extremely low- as is my dhea & vitamins d & b considering pellet therapy. Is this best? I'm 38.
NO cures: First see an endocrinologist to find out the cause of the low levels, if they are really low in a reputable lab. Bring your labs with you. Pellets, popular in australia, are used by too many ill trained people in the us. There are many other options to explore if you really are deficient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Conversion: As men gain weight - mainly fat - the testosterone level is markedly decreased with an increase in estrogen. Once testosterone replacement is begun -least expensive with injections compared to creams etc. - your energy should increase and you fat decrease. The estrogen will also decrease. After 6 months you would probably need a smaller pair of trousers with 4-6 inches decrease in your waist size. ...Read more