September 27, 2012

Natural Cures for High Testosterone in Women

Posted in RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:24 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
Remember a high testosterone level like a man in his 30’s is perfect for older women…
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I hope you learn more on the topic and find something that works for you! Some doctors do not worry about and do not mention your having a high level… Do your own research! Protect yourself…
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NATURAL CURES FOR HIGH TESTOSTERONE IN WOMEN
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http://www.livestrong.com/article/22748-decrease-testosterone-women-naturally/
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Women naturally have about one-tenth the amount of testosterone as men, but as they age, testosterone levels can rise. According to Dr. Abraham Kryger with the Monterey Preventive Medical Clinic, by the time a woman reaches 40, she can have testosterone levels approximately half that of a 20-year-old man’s. Although high testosterone levels can have some beneficial side effects such as increased muscle mass and a higher libido, one common side effect many women do not care for is an increased growth of bodily hair. This condition, known as hirsutism, can be extremely annoying and embarrassing, but can easily be treated through a variety of natural remedies.
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Step 1
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Take nutritional supplements to lower your testosterone. Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a natural supplement made from cauliflower and broccoli, and is known to reduce androgens, or male sex hormones (among which is testosterone). Taken daily, 120 mg of DIM should help correct your hormonal balance; 200 mg of Calcium-D-Glucarate, twice daily, may also help to get your hormones back in balance.
Hormones for Hair Loss? Most Highly Trained Physicians in Hormones for Hair Loss in Women. www.BodyLogicMD.com/Hair-Loss-Women
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Step 2
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Drink herbal teas or consume them in capsule or tincture form to help you lower your testosterone levels. Perhaps one of the best (and tastiest) herbs for correcting this problem is spearmint. Studies performed at the Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta, Turkey, show that women drinking two cups of spearmint tea for five days significantly lowered their androgen levels. Other herbs known to reduce testosterone levels include black cohosh (20 to 40 mg twice daily), saw palmetto (160 mg twice daily) and chaste tree (20 to 40 mg daily).
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Step 3
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Consult an acupuncturist regarding treatment for hirsutism and high testosterone. Although sufficient evidence has not been compiled to determine just how acupuncture can benefit women with high testosterone levels, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports that a small study of women treated with acupuncture for their hirsutism showed a reduction of hair length and density, as well as testosterone levels.
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Things You’ll Need
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~ Diindolylmethane (DIM)
~ Calcium-D-Glucarate
~ Spearmint tea
~ Black cohosh
~ Saw palmetto
~ Chaste tree
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Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22748-decrease-testosterone-women-naturally/#ixzz27gbyOcMQ
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22748-decrease-testosterone-women-naturally/#ixzz27gbjapW6
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http://www.pheromonetalk.com/lounge/ideas-natural-remedies-high-testosterone-women-36168.html
~ Pheromone Talk …
Notes from posters:
Testosterone like 213… is way out of the normal range for woman… Doctors think you may have cancer or an adrenal problem…
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Also Edamame (steamed soy beans)…
~ You can get them in most grocery stores frozen. Just defrost, microwave to heat a little, sprinkle with salt & eat….
Soy beans have natural plant estrogen in them. They help with a lot of menopausal symptoms.
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100902101144AAZypbR
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Is treatment for high testosterone / PCOS imperative for females’ health?
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Asked by R…
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I’m 19 and I went to the doctor to see what I can do about hair growth on my stomach and chest and my blood test showed that my testosterone was around 17 (normal range for female my age is 0.8 to 7.4). So I’ve been taking some herbal pills given to me by my doctor like aptogen and ovablend and the decrease in my libido makes me want to stop taking it and just pay for electrolysis or something. I’m not worried about PCOS affecting my fertility because at this point I don’t want kids and I can always adopt but is lowering my testosterone crucial to my health in other ways?
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Best Answer – by Dr Julio
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Actually the elevated estrogen levels (or so called estrogen dominance) associated with PCOS are more of a long term risk than testosterone. It increases the risk of endometrial cancers, cardiovascular disease/heart attack, and stroke, later in life.
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Have you had your insulin levels tested? PCOS is often associated with elevated insulin levels, due to something called insulin resistance. The higher level of insulin is believed to be the root cause of the ovary problems (by increasing testosterone levels, and causing the failure of follicles to mature properly, and the elevated estrogen:progesterone ratio). It also puts PCOS sufferers at a higher risk of diabetes later in life. If you haven’t had your insulin levels checked, then I would recommend you do that.
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One of the most effective treatments I have seen for PCOS is a natural substance called d-chiro-inositol. It is present in certain foods (buck wheat, carob, fig leaf melon, and bitter gourds). It can also be purchased as a food supplement (it is not considered a drug). This food extract has been shown in clinical trials (albeit small scale) to reduce blood glucose levels, and blood pressure, in PCOS sufferers. Many of the women taking it also ovulated normally. This compound is believed to reduce insulin production (too complex to explain how, put simply it reduces the insulin resistance). The dosage used in the studies was 600mg and 1200mg per day for 8 weeks. Both dosages worked equally well as I recall. I personally would put much more faith in this than in ovablend or adaptogen.
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A couple of notes. 1) You can also buy plain “inositol” as a food supplement, but this is not effective. It comes in 9 different forms, but only one specific one is effective. So it has to be d-chiro inositol.
2) Some brands are natural extracts, whilst others are made synthetically. So check if you want the natural extract specifically.
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There is also a drug used for diabetes, metformin, that is used to treat PCOS by reducing insulin resistance. But people who have tried both have said that d-chiro inositol is more effective and has less side effects.
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GOOGLE:
natural cure for high testosterone in women
high testosterone in women

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June 3, 2012

Hormone Imbalance – PCOS

Posted in RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:08 am by PCOSLady

IS THIS YOU? WATCHING FROM A DISTANCE, WANTING TO BE INVOLVED? LIST YOUR SYMPTOMS AND SEE A DOCTOR FAMILIAR WITH PCOS… GET YOUR HORMONES BALANCED….


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PCOS Hormone Imbalance
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PCOS Lady::
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Hormones in PCOS ladies may and do change often! We usually have high testosterone which will give us male things like extra hair in male areas and body odor, etc…
~ Read through my list of PCOS Symptoms…
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Symptoms you grew up with like oily hair, acne that never went away, oily skin, etc… felt normal to you and still may… They are from your hormones being imbalanced… You will experience the “normal” once your hormones are balanced… You will feel relieved, like a whole person, a light feeling of being complete will come over you… I sure felt all of it when i started on Glucophage XR… I could wear white without underarm stains or stains around the neck… My bras last years now, before 6 months to a year i had to replace it… My oily hair calms down, i get 2-3 days before washing it… Daily hair washing before…
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SITES
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http://www.hormone.org/Polycystic/overview.cfm
~ Hormone Org … Hormone view on PCOS…
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http://pcos.insulitelabs.com/PCOS-and-Hormones.php
~ Insulite Labs … Just as the clinical symptoms of PCOS vary from woman to woman, so too the hormonal imbalance of PCOS varies with the individual.
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http://www.womentowomen.com/insulinresistance/causesofpcos.aspx
~ Women to Women … Excess androgens disrupt hormonal balance and produce some of the characteristic signs of PCOS. It’s normal for women to have some …
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http://pcosjournal.com/irregular-menstrual-cycle-pcos-hormone-imbalance/
~ * PCOS Journal … To understand how the hormone imbalance affects the PCOS menstrual cycle, some background about how the normal menstrual works will be …
~ PCOS Lady: I like her blog, created very well!
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GOOGLE:
pcos hormonal imbalance
pcos hormonal imbalance symptoms
ovarian cysts hormonal imbalance
endometriosis hormonal imbalance
pcos perimenopause
pcos estrogen dominance
pcos progesterone
pcos irregular periods

May 2, 2012

PCOS & LOCAH & THYROID Symptoms “only”

Posted in PCOS SYMPTOMS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:53 am by PCOSLady

SHORT SWEET AND PRECISE FOR YOU!


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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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PCOS & LOCAH & THYROID Symptoms
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* Full list with tests, websites, info (follow blog links) *
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This list of symptoms is beneficial for you to read over…
~ Some of you may have the symptoms or know a lady that does… My short listing…
~ 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…
~ 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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Symptoms for PCOS and LOCAH compiled from sites, forums, groups, research, 1st hand experiences, etc…
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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…. 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
* 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 Imbalances…. PX ~ LX ~__
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Important info is found in research as well…
~ Join research sites for updates, etc…
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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 manager)
~ Be off them a solid 2 months before being tested for PCOS!
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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;
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~ 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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Ladies (PCOS, Syndrome O & X) and men (Syndrome X) you need to read my information…(from my blogs)
~ Check off the symptoms you have, copy them and show your doctors…
~ YOU will be saving your own life in time…
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This is my personal crusade to enlighten, inform and educate everyone about PCOS, Syndrome O and Syndrome X and related conditions … I have created blogs to show you and arm you with all needed to get the proper diagnosis…
~ Realize, if not treated you will die an early death in your 40’s thru 60’s of heart disease or cancer…
~ These syndromes will educate you on your own body inside and out…
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Please feel free to read more and contact me through my blogs … http://PCOSLady.wordpress.com/
~ A wealth of info on PCOS, related conditions and more….
or
http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/
~ My original blog with a wealth of info…
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You have made a wise choice, to save ‘YOU” and be healthier and live a happier life!
You have begun your PCOS Lifelong Journey…
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Sincerely, Christie
PCOS Lady ~ E-mail: PCOS.Christie@yahoo.com

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 …