I have some questions that could be covered in different topics, this site seems so large but I figured this was the proper forum.
Some details: I am a 22 year old female. I recently went to my dermatologist as I was experiencing thinning with my hair (or possibly hair loss) Either way, my hair changed in thickness drastically.
He ordered some blood tests to check my CBC's, ANA's, and Ferritin levels as well as my testosterone, DHEA-S, and thyroid levels.
Results came back great for everything except my DHEA-Sulfate levels. While the reference interval on the sheet says norm is anywhere from 148 - 407 (units ug/dL) my levels are a pitiful 84.5, which is very worrisome to me.
So far, what I've read around the internet was that this is connected to heart disease, infertility, adrenal issues, and so on. None of these make me feel better, especially the first two.
However, I always see that people with low DHEA levels also have thyroid issues or low testosterone, whereas both of mine are fine - right in the middle range.
I don't have HIV, or any autoimmune disease as no antibodies have been detected. (I also have several HIV tests in the past, all negative - haven't been sexually active since)
BUT, I AM on birth control (35mcg of hormones) and have been for four years now. Would these have anything to do with my low DHEA levels?
Why would someone young have such low levels? I'll be seeing my doc Monday, but right now I'm in a lot of distress over this, I'm afraid I'll never have kids, or get sick with something major
Please help! Any info is appreciated. I know I won't get a proper diagnoses until I see my doc but I would love a point in the right direction or some peace of mind. Thank you all in advance.