May 9, 2012

High Testosterone In Women Symptoms

Posted in RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:52 am by PCOSLady


PCOS Lady:

First time having my testosterone levels checked and ever being interested in them… They are high! Stress i know i am under daily in my current living environment!
~ I have all my test results from 2003… I do glance back at them at times…
~ A little known symptom is having hair on top of your toes…
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A few more odd symptoms are stray dark hairs on your above lip, your chin, your breast and inner thighs…
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Interesting to know the symptoms and what lowers testosterone…
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Just read from a Dr Oz show women in later years are best to have testosterone levels of 50 – 80, which is that of a woman in her 30’s…
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http://www.ehow.com/facts_4962570_causes-high-testosterone-women_.html
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SYMPTOMS OF HIGH TESTOSTERONE IN WOMEN
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High testosterone symptoms include hair loss, hirsutism (unwanted male-pattern hair growth), unexplained rapid weight gain, virilization, acne, aggressiveness, irritability and missed menstrual cycles. Decreased breast size and a deepening of the voice will occur along with a coarsening of the skin.
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CAUSES: HORMONAL IMBALANCES
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The main causes of high testosterone in females are hormonal imbalances that can happen at any age, and often sneak up gradually, with the 30s being the predominant time for things to get worse.
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COMMON TESTOSTERONE INCREASING DISEASES
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Adrenal gland disorders and ovarian problems, often caused by other hormonal imbalances, create an over-abundance of testosterone. The most common testosterone-increasing disease is polycystic ovarian syndrome. Diabetes can also lead to these endocrine upsets.
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RARER DISORDERS THAT CAUSE HIGH TESTOSTERONE
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Other disorders that cause high testosterone in women include acromegaly, adrenal neoplasm disorders, Conn’s syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, dwarfism, gigantism or multiple endocrine neoplasm 1 and 2. An androgen-producing adrenal or ovarian tumor can lead to high levels of testosterone, as can congenital adrenal hyperplasia and thyroid disorders in general.
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http://www.ehow.com/way_5183577_solutions-high-testosterone-women.html
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SOLUTIONS FOR HIGH TESTOSTERONE IN WOMEN
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By Juliana Robertson, eHow Contributor
Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands of women. High testosterone levels in women tend to cause a variety of issues. Elevated levels of this male synonymous hormone can cause excessive facial hair, increased muscle mass, waistline body fat and adult onset acne. The most common cause of this testosterone increase in women is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This disorder causes multiple cysts like follicles to accumulate in the ovaries. The ovary begins to produce and secrete high levels of testosterone.
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LIFESTYLE CHANGES
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Implementing changes to your lifestyle can effectively reduce high testosterone levels. Low risk changes include reducing stress levels and following a healthy eating regimen. Women with testosterone imbalances have successfully lost weight through following a low carbohydrate/diabetic eating plan. Adding fruit, salad, fish, poultry and nuts to your diet can help to reduce testosterone levels. Consuming fried, sugary and oily foods contribute to testosterone increases and weight gain. Practicing stress reduction techniques, like yoga and meditation, can be extremely beneficial. Combining these practices with regular exercise and a balanced diet will help to improve your overall quality of health.
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NATURAL REMEDIES
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Alternative medicine is an effective way to treat elevated testosterone levels safely and naturally. This approach involves little to no risk, with various therapies utilized for treatment. Herbal remedies effectively treat testosterone imbalances at its source. These options are easy to follow, and cost effective. Two types used for treatment are Phytoestrogenic and Non estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogenic herbs (ex: black cohosh) contain plant manufactured estrogen. They help to alleviate imbalances through introducing additional hormones within the body. Non estrogenic herbs (ex: macafem) do not contain any estrogen properties. They stimulate natural hormonal production by nourishing endocrine and pituitary glands. They balance testosterone naturally by stimulating the body to produce its own hormones.
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RESOURCES
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http://www.pcosupport.org/
~ PCOS Support
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http://www.soulcysters.com/
~ Soul Cysters … The largest PCOS forum known…
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REFERENCES
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http://www.natural-hormones.net/testosterone-imbalance-treatments.htm
~ Natural Hormones … Treatments for testosterone imbalances…
~ Three levels of approaches can be considered for treating testosterone imbalance. These are categorized as: (1) Lifestyle Changes, (2) Alternative Medicine and (3) HRT…
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http://www.wdxcyber.com/dxinf001.htm
~ Women’s Health Resource …
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http://www.soulcysters.net/showthread.php/149902-Changing-hormones-changing-body-odor
~ Soul Cysters … Body odor issue …
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May 1, 2012

See a Doctor “IF” … 20+ yr olds or?

Posted in PCOS SYMPTOMS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:59 pm by PCOSLady

THANK YOU PCOSA FOR THE HEALTH BYTE...


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Here is this week’s Health Byte from the PCOSA … 5/1/04
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When to See a Doctor About PCOS From The Age of 20 Onwards
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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a long-term condition that can gradually affect females in different age groups from puberty right through to much later in life.
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Symptoms of PCOS are often mistaken for another medical problem, which can make it difficult to know when to see your doctor. But early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS may help prevent serious related health complications such as pre- and type 2 diabetes and heart disease as well as reproductive and metabolic problems.
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Taking a wait-and-see approach, often called watchful waiting, is not appropriate when PCOS is suspected.
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If you are between 20 and 40 years old, consult your doctor if you have:
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~ Menstrual cycles that are consistently less than 21 days apart or more than 35 days apart.
~ Regular menstrual cycles but you have been trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant for more than 12 months.
~ Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 8 days. Watch out for large clots or excessive spotting.
~ Pelvic pain that lasts for more than 4 weeks.
~ Excessive hair growth or hair growing on the chest, back, belly or face. This PCOS-linked condition is known as hirsutism.
~ Any symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst and frequent urination (especially at night), unexplained increase in appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision or tingling or numbness in your hands or feet.
~ Skin problems such as acne, oily skin, dandruff, skin tags in the armpits or neck area, or dark skin patches (acanthosis nigricans) in skin folds or on the neck, groin or underarms.
~ Depression or mood swings. Many women have emotional problems related to the many physical symptoms of PCOS, such as excess hair, obesity or infertility.
~ Excess weight gain or upper body obesity (more abdominal fat than hip fat). This is also known as android obesity and is related to increased male hormone (testosterone) levels.
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If you are older than 40, consult your doctor if you experience these additional symptoms which can be linked to PCOS :
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~ Signs of heart disease, such as chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, unusual levels of fatigue or high blood pressure (hypertension)
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Who To See
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Health professionals who can diagnose and treat PCOS may include:

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~ Endocrinologists (pediatric or medical)
~ Reproductive endocrinologists
~ Gynecologists
~ Obstetricians
~ Family practice physicians
~ Nurse practitioners
~ Physician assistants
~ Internists
~ Registered dietitians
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Sincerely,
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Christine DeZarn
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, Inc. (PCOSA)
http://www.pcosupport.org/
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PCOS Lady:
I am happy to post this byte and to see the added info with listed symptoms… Mentioning the added medical people and dietitians that can diagnose PCOS is wonderful!
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When you see your doctor, ask to be tested for Celiac Disease as well, especially if stool is loose for days or always… My DO said that is an automatic dx for Celiac…
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http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk/
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Verity is the UK charity for women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
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If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, think you may have PCOS or know someone with the condition – then Verity is here to help you. Verity relies on the support of our volunteers and members.
~ This is a paid membership…
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Verity: PCOS Conference – York 10 Nov 2012
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Poll
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What’s the longest time you’ve had between periods?
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Always been regular:…14.93%
Up to 3 months:……….21.00%
Up to 6 months:……….17.97%
Up to 9 months:……….13.86%
Up to 12 months:……..10.42%
Up to 18 months:……….6.73%
Up to 24 months:……….3.12%
2 to 3 years:………….4.92%
3 to 5 years:………….2.30%
Longer than 5 years:……4.76%
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QUOTE:
“PCOS is not just a reproductive disorder; it’s a major health concern for women who are affected,” Dr. Nestler
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SITES
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GOOGLE:

March 23, 2012

“KEY” PCOS Symptoms

Posted in "KEY" PCOS SYMPTOMS, KEY SYMPTOMS & WORD tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:11 am by PCOSLady

PCOS.... SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERYONE! SAVE LIVES!!!!


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PCOS May Effect YOU! (women & men)
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PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome…
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PCOS is a hormone imbalance creating havoc throughout your entire body… Doctors misdiagnose it and misinterpret it all because they have no real idea of the whole truth about PCOS….
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I urge you to read through all my info, for you will be enlightened and relieved you have found the cause of your “normal” symptoms… You know the symptoms you live with daily and accepted as normal for you your whole life!
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Read through my 1st blog at Blog Drive… There you will gain knowledge of a wealth of topics and related conditions… I have elaborated there… Infact, i am constantly adding to it… Mystery Diagnosis ran a segment on “The Woman That Could Not Wake Up”… Hypopituitarism is another hormone disorder that also effects men & woman… The symptoms overlap with certain ones specific to each disorder…
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** PRINT OUT my Symptoms & Tests lists and check off your symptoms, make a copy for your doctor **
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* Your doctor took an oath that includes “First do no harm…..” *
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– I feel a doctor is hurting you if he misdiagnoses and mistreats or doesn’t treat or diagnose you at all… ( I have the oath link, it has changed over the years)
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“Welcome” to the first step of your PCOS Journey… May you be well informed, in control of your treatments and on your way to a healthier happier life!
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Christie
PCOS Lady
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1st blog: http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/
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http://PCOSLady.wordpress.com/
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Ladies,
Consider asking yourself…
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Do you:
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~ Fly off the handle?
~ Have bouts of depression?
~ Have mood swings or moody alot?
~ Have acne that never goes away?
~ Get stray dark or black hairs in strange places?
~ Have a reddish face at times?
~ Perspire or sweat heavy?
~ Have oily skin and/or hair? (excessive at times)
~ Ever feel so alone?
~ Ever secretly cut yourself? A Cutter…?
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YOU may have this hormone disorder called PCOS!
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Ladies, hair on your toes is a little known symptom signaling your testosterone is high… Psst, maybe PCOS!
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Please, read through my info, my blog at Blog Drive and learn more than most of your doctors know…
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YOU know your body!
YOU are in control of your body!
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Know the symptoms…
Know your options, too!
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PASS the WORD: Enrich your life and save someone’s life you know as well…
Get the word, PCOS, out to everyone you know….
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Christie
PCOS Lady
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Men you can have Syndrome X…
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Please realize you could save your marriage and relationships even prevent some surgeries by knowing about PCOS and how much your hormones may be effecting YOU…
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PCOS May Effect YOU! (women & men)
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My Blogs:
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http://PCOSLady.wordpress.com/category/PCOS/

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Original Blog:
http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/
– This one copy & pastes perfectly…. It just is quirky posting in it…
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Please realize from years of collecting research, 1st hand experiences from forums and groups along with my experiences YOU are armed with all you need to demand your own diagnosis… YOU will also be able to oversee the treatments and tests your doctor may prescribe…
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The list of symptoms listed here should be known by every doctor! IF you have experienced any of these four you have PCOS!
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The “KEY” symptoms for PCOS are;
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* ~ irregular periods/menses…
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* ~ excessive hair growth…
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* ~ polycystic ovaries…
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* ~ have had miscarriages…
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* March 2012 i was astonished to learn about the Celiac Disease… Read my post on it in my WordPress blog… 300 symptoms and conditions overlapping PCOS and many other medical conditions… *
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Fatigue is another condition overlapping PCOS symptoms and starting to effect many in their late 40’s and early 50’s now… Read my Fatigue series posts…
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SITES
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http://www.unhaggardhousewife.com/2011/09/celebrities-with-pcos.html
~ Unhaggard Housewife… celebrities with pcos plus more info…
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Feel free to repost this or any part of this to get the PCOS word out there…. Save a life!
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GOOGLE:
celebrities with PCOS
PCOS
PCOS symptoms
Stein Leventhal Syndrome

May 12, 2007

PCOS, LOCAH, THYROID Symptoms, Tests, Sites…

Posted in LOCAH, PCOS, PCOS SYMPTOMS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:33 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS IS AMONGST MANY OF YOU!


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PCOS

PCOS & LOCAH & THYROID Symptoms, Blood Tests Needed w/Websites
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NOTICE: THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED – CHECK BACK PLEASE….
SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCES….
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This list of symptoms and websites are beneficial for you to read over… Some of you may have the symptoms or know a lady that does…A quick indicator is those of us that carry their extra weight in the tummy, abdomen and chin… (Thin women can have PCOS &/or LOCAH, too)
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Jewel, who is married to Ty Murray, the rodeo champion mentioned she has PCOS on The Revolution TV show April 10, 2012…
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Copy this and check off your symptoms, also keep a master copy and be sure to pass this on…
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READ ON
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PCOS EFFECTS YOUR WHOLE FAMILY … PCOS IS HEREDITARY… PCOS CAN EFFECT MEN WITH SYNDROME X … PCOS CAN BREAK YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, MARRIAGES AND YOU IF NOT TREATED (properly as well)!


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Symptoms for PCOS and LOCAH and THYROID compiled from sites, forums, groups, research, etc…
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PCOS ~ LOCAH ~ THROID SYMPTOMS LIST
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PCOS ~ Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
LOCAH ~ Late Onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
THYROID ~ Thyroid
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SYMPTOMS …. PCOS.~.LOCAH.~.THYROID.~. YOU__
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……. PX = PCOS ~ LX = LOCAH ~ TX = THYROID

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* Periods *
~ absent …………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ irregular ………….. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~ __
~ heavy, clots-golf balls .. PX ~ __
* Pregnancy *
~ infertility ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ trouble getting …….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ miscarriages ……….. PX ~ LX ~ __
* Hair *
~ excessive ………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ thinning …………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ facial ………………PX ~ LX ~ __
~ pubic – early ………….. LX ~ __
~ zebra line- chest to belly . PX ~ LX ~ __
~ oily hair ………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ hair on toes ………. PX ~ __
* Weight *
~ obesity ……………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ hard to lose ……….. PX ~ TX ~ __
~ gain easy ………….. PX ~ TX ~ __
~ IR – Insulin Resistance .. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Metabolic Syndrome ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ fluid retention …………. LX ~ __
* Skin *
~ acne ………………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ dark skin patches …… PX ~ __
(ex: nape of neck)
~ skin tags ………….. PX ~ __
~ jaundice (yellowish) …….. LX ~ __
~ oily skin (excessive) .. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ dry scalp ………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Rosacea ……………. PX ~ __
* Cysts *
~ ovaries ……………. PX ~ __
~ liver tumors ……………. LX ~ __
~ liver cancer ……………. LX ~__
~ kidney tumors …………… LX ~ __
* Diabetes *
~ Type II (2) ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Gestational ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
* Cholesterol *
~ high ………………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ high LDL ……………….. LX ~ __
~ low HDL ………………… LX ~ __
* Triglycerides *
~ high ………………. PX ~ LX ~ __
* Blood Pressure *
~ high ……………… PX ~ LX ~ __
* Misc…. *
~ Hypertension ……….. PX ~ LX ~__
~ Stress …………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Anxiety ……………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Panic Attacks …………… LX ~ __
~ Moodiness ………….. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~ __
~ severely moody ………….. LX ~ __
~ Heart Disease ………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Hormone Disorder ……. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Neurological stuff ………. LX ~ __
~ Depression …………. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~ __
~ Hyperinsulinemia ……. PX ~ __
~ excess Androgens ………… LX ~ __
~ Atherosclerosis …………. LX ~ __
~ Hormone Imbalances ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ low sex drive ………. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~__
~ RLS-Restless Leg Syndrome .. PX ~ __
~ 21 Hydroxylase ~
…. ~ deficiency ………… LX ~ __
~ 17 OHPS ~
…. ~ high – over 30 NG/DL .. LX ~ __
~ Total Testosterone, NG/DL ~
…. ~ 59 is high, 40 is elevated .. LX ~ __
~ UTI – Urinary Tract Infection .. PX ~ __
~ enlarged clitoris ……….. LX ~ __
~ deepened voice ……… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Endometrial Cancer ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Endometrial Hyperplasia ….. LX ~ __
~ Sleep Apnea ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Iron low …………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Calcium low ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ low B12 ……………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Ferritin level low ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
…… ~ *add iron if under 100-150
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* Menopausal *
~ estrogen loss ………. PX ~ lX ~ __
~ hot flashes ………… PX ~ __
~ skin thinning ………. PX ~ __
~ elevated sensitivity … PX ~ __
~ Cardio Disease ……… PX ~ __
~ effects on bladder ~
~ negative …………… PX ~ __
~ effects on vagina are ~
~ negative …………….PX ~ __
~ reduction in bone density .. PX ~ __
~ Androgen levels high ….PX ~ __
~ poor lipid levels …… PX ~ __
~ Hormone Imbalance …… PX ~ LX ~__
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Important info found in research as well…
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Birth Control Pills lower all your hormones… If some are still high, you could have PCOS &/or LOCAH… (per a research facility mgr)
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2/98 Cosmopolitan Magazine
article on PCOS  by Dr. John Nestler, MD, professor of Endocrinology in Virginia…

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Diagnosing problems – each woman may exhibit a different combination of symptoms or no symptoms at all, etc….
~ Experts now believe to be at the root of PCOS, is an inability to respond properly to insulin followed by;
~ high Cholesterol
~ obesity
~ high blood pressure
~ risk of Diabetes
~ heart disease

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*** If women have regular periods and normal levels of testosterone, they DO NOT have PCOS… Per Dr. Nestler…***
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Research shows LOCAH can bring PCOS on… Further research shows women will experience more or less symptoms of PCOS & LOCAH through their lives…
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LOCAH & CAH SITES:
http://www.members4.boardhost.com/LOCAH/
– LOCAH forum for info and participating in…
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http://www.endotext.org/pediatrics/pediatrics8a/pediatrics8a.htm
~ EndoText.com … Pediatrics Endocrinology … Lengthy explanation …
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http://www.dundee.ac.uk/medther/tayendoweb/congenital_adrenal_hyperplasia.htm
~ NHS Tayside … Informative …
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www.ahn.org.uk
~ Adrenal Hyperplasia Network
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www.livingwithcah.com
~ CAH Support Group
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www.caresfoundation.org
LOCAH: http://www.caresfoundation.org/productcart/pc/ncah_late_onset_cah.html
~ Care Foundation … Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Research Education & Support (CARES) Foundation – Dedicated to providing support to parents and patients affected by all …
~ Non-classical(NCAH) (also known as Late-Onset CAH)
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PCOS SITES:
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QUICK FAQ SHEET:
http://pcosfaq.com/
http://hub.webring.org/hub/pcossupportaware
~ Mary’s PCOS Treatment and FAQ’s… Highly informative what all she has found in research and her program…
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http://pcosjournal.com/
~ PCOS Journal blog … I am a 29 year old female living in California. I have PCOS. I have been living with PCOS for the last 10 years, I have learned a lot about PCOS, but everyday brings something new…
~ Very informative …
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www.soulcysters.com
Forum: * www.soulcysters.net *
~ PCOS women, information, forum, resources, etc… Worth joining! Happens to be the largest PCOS forum…
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www.pcosupport.org
~ PCOS Association with research, information, resources, etc…
http://www.pcoscommunity.com/ … Formerly: http://www.pcolist.org
~ PCOS Association’s message board… 1st hand experiences… YOU join, be yourself, post questions and get honest answers, in return learning so much!
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http://www.inciid.org/faq.php?cat=infertility101&id=2
–  International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination… Exceptionally informative site with a list of more sites…
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www.ivf.com/ivffaq.html
www.ivf-et.com/tlc/fact_pcos.html
~ The Center for Applied Reproductive Science … Infertility and PCOS …
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http://pcosinconnection.com/ … (Formerly … http://www.pcos.itgo.com)
~ PCOS Connection … PCOS Informational Center …
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www.PCOSCoach.com
–  PCOS Coach – Infornation, newsletter, books and links…
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http://wellnessmama.com/5425/balance-hormones/
~ Wellness Mama … “If you have symptoms like fatigue, skin issues, weight gain, weight around the middle, trouble sleeping, always sleeping, PMS, endometriosis, infertility, PCOS or other issues, chances are you have hormone imbalance!” This is extremely good info- love Wellness Mama
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THYROID SITE:
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http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/checklist.htm
~ ~ About.com … Hypothyroidism Risk/Symptoms Checklist … Help in Diagnosis and Fine tuning Your Treatment …
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ANDROGEN SITE
http://wwwthorne.com/townsend/mar/wns_update.html
– Info on Androgens and women’s health ( worth reading)
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NOTES FROM RESEARCH:
PCOS is only in women at present… (research on men is going on)… But,
LOCAH effects women and men…

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My advice to all women having any of these symptoms
~ Print this list out, check off your symptoms and show your doctor… NEVER take “NO” for an answer… Most likely he or she does not know about PCOS & LOCAH…  Or have very little knowledge of both…
~ Medical history, etc… plays a huge part in your diagnosis …
~ Push to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist familiar with PCOS & LOCAH…
       ~ Call Penn State University (PCOS research dept) for a referral…
…………….Phone #: 800.585.9585…
       ~ Call the Cedars Sinai PCOS Research Center for a referral…
…………….Phone #: 310.423.9964…

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* Realize… PCOS & LOCAH are rare diseases/disorders…They are listed with
the Rare Disease website…
http://www.rarediseases.org
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PCOS & LOCAH TESTS:
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LOCAH
~ Along with symptoms
    ~ ACTH Test – it is a blood test… Be sure blood is drawn 3x’s!

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PCOS ……………………… DONE/DATE
~ Along with symptoms:
…. ~ Ultrasound.(?)…………………. __/___________
…. ~ Total Testosterone……………….__/___________
…. ~ 17 OHPS……………………….. __/____________
…. ~ LH……………………………. __/____________
…. ~ Hormonal testing……………….. __/____________
…. ~ Calcium……………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ Iron………………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ Diabetes………………………. __/_____________
…. ~ Cholesterol……………………. __/_____________
…. ~ Triglycerides………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ Free Glucose…………………… __/_____________
…. ~ Insulin……………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ IL-6………………………….. __/_____________
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* Your doctor may want more…
….. ~ PCOS – Thyroid Disorder and Cushings Disease need ruled out…

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FYI:
* READ your test results !!!  Keep copies of all your tests, doctor visit notes/charts, etc…  You will see a pattern and be able to gain info and insight from forums on PCOS & LOCAH from it…
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Test Results are explained here:
http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html
– Fertility Plus Organization… Pregnancy tests are explained also…
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http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html
– Lab Tests Online…Public resource on clinical lab testing…
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Conversion Table for Blood Glucose Monitoring:
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http://www.joslin.org/info/conversion_table_for_blood_glucose_monitoring.html
~ Joslin Diabetes Center (Harvard Education)
~ Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes research center, diabetes clinic, and provider of diabetes education… Now affiliated with Deborah Hospitals…
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GUESS WHAT?
YOU end up having to educate your doctor(s)…. I quess the price paid for rare disorders, syndromes, etc…

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I have personally gathered all this information and more for my own quest in being diagnosed with PCOS & LOCAH…
~ I hope the info will help you or someone you know…

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FYI INFO:
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* You do not have to have a polycystic ovary to be diagnosed with PCOS…
* Ultrasounds are not necessary in diagnosing PCOS…
* PCOS is diagnosed from you having one or more symptoms… This is due to PCOS being a syndrome…
* Syndrome O – now exists for women without cysts…
* Syndrome X – is the male version of our hormone imbalance…
~ This syndrome has been known of for years in men!
~ My hubby has most of the same symptoms, problems I do… (minus female things)

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TESTS FOR PCOS:
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PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The list of tests below are compiled from research, PCOS ladies and doctors…
* PCOS ladies have experienced needing these tests because their doctors do not know how much PCOS effects the body…

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* Important:
~  For accurate results be BCP FREE for 2 solid months…
~  Rule out Cushings and Thyroid problems…

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TESTS TO REQUEST:
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CMP/Basic Metabolic Panel
Glucose^ ~ Urea Nitrogen (BUN) ~ Creatine ~ BUN/Creatine Ratio ~ Sodium ~ Potassium ~ Chloride ~ Carbon Dioxide ~ Calcium*….
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Lipid Panel
Triglycerides ~ Total Cholesterol ~ HDL Cholesterol ~ LDL Cholesterol ~ Chol/HDLC Ratio….
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Hepatic Function Panel
Total Protein ~ Albumin ~ Globulin ~ Albumin/Globulin Ratio ~ Total Bilirubin ~ Direct Bilirubin ~ Indirect Bilirubin ~ Alkaline Phosphate ~ AST ~ ALT ~ ALP….
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Insulin^ ~ T3 ~ T4 ~ TSH^ ~ 17 OHPS ~ 17 PO ~ DHEA-S^ ~ FSH^ ~ LH^ ~ Prolactin^ ~ Hypothyroidism^….
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Free Testosterone^ ~ Total Testosterone^ ~ SHBG^….
~ Iron* ~ Magnesium* ~ IL-6’* ~ Ferritin* ~ B12* ~ Estrogens ….
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* = tests you need to request…
^ = tests needed for a suspected hormone disorder…
‘  = * special test done to warn of 3 things PCOS (1st 3 listed) can lead to….
IL-6 is Interleukin – 6 ….I found this deep in heart disease research…
… ~ ( Heart Disease ~ Diabetes ~ Osteoporosis ~ frailty ~ certain cancers )

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Blood Tests Needed Before Prescribing Metformin/Glucophage:
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LH ~ FSH ~ E2 (Estradiol) ~ DHEA-S ~ T ~ 17 OHP ~ Prolactin ~ TSH ~ BUN ~ CR ~ AST ~ ALT ~ LDH ~ Glucose (fasting)….
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* “KEY” Blood Test – for losing weight:
~  Serum Insulin Level test… 
…. ~ If the level is 11 and under you will lose weight…
…. ~ IF level is 12 and above, guaranteed you will not lose weight…

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Ultrasounds To Have:
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Abdominal (regular one) and a TVS – TransVaginal
* These have not been deemed necessary to diagnose PCOS *

~ One lab i called that does ultrasounds said they are not always accurate…
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Lab Tests Can Be Interpreted Here:
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http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html
– Fertility Plus Organization… Pregnancy tests are explained also….
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http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html
– Lab Tests Online…Public resource on clinical lab testing…
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Drugs List:  (* LOOK here for good and adverse info)
www.Drugs.com
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PCOS Lady:
Ladies
This is a strong guide of tests you should have done at some point… Your doctor may take less or more, your insurance may not cover some… If your doctor requests more, ask WHY… If your insurance does not cover them, ask WHY and have your doctor explain why the need in writing to them…

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I hope this list further helps you in proper testing to give you a precise view of where you stand with your body in having PCOS… You are then able to know what needs done to make the wrongs right….
~  These tests sure showed me what’s what …

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FYI:
~ YOU have to know about PCOS, i can’t stress it enough…
~ YOU have to know all the treatments available to you… Research and ask…
~ Treatment is a HIT & MISS scenario… No one cure for all!
~ YOU are in control with PCOS over your doctors…
~ FACT: 2004 the AACE http://www.aace.com made PCOS a priority to doctors…
~ Read it here: https://pcoslady.wordpress.com/category/aace/
~ PCOS is the most mis-diagnosed condition in women!
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REMEMBER:
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SYMPTOMS COUNT! ~ YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY COUNTS! ~ Know your symptoms ~ Know your treatments & options ~ “YOU” are in control of your body! ~ Knowledge is POWER!
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Your life is at stake with PCOS, literally!
I wish you all well,
Christie
PCOS.Christie@Yahoo.com 
New Jersey

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My Original Blog:   http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/   … I have PCOS, FYI, Syndrome X, IR, home tests, etc… info there…
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YOUR PCOS JOURNEY HAS BEGUN! … ~ … MAY YOU CONTINUE TO LEARN AND GAIN A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PCOS AND ” YOU “! … ~ … MAY THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE BE YOUR DETERMINATION IN KNOWING THE RIGHT LIFESTYLE (treatments, diet, etc …) FOR YOU …