I just found out my estrogen is normal but testosterone is high. I am currently not trying to conceive but would like to in the future. Will this effect my ability to conceive? I do not have pcos, just high testosterone contributed to genetics according to my gyno.
Hi Chanel- what were your levels, if you don't mind sharing? Were they taken on day 3?
pcos is a very complicated disease to diagnose.
the main factor to consider is whether you are ovulating. sometimes, even if you ovulate on your own, the quality of the egg can be compromised by high testosterone levels. your doctor may be able to prescribe you a testosterone lowering drug, like dexamethasone in addition to a fertility drug, like clomid. There are many factors involved in the ability to conceive. You cannot know before you try. Sometimes, everything looks good on paper and you still don't get pregnant and yet, people with terrible health can sometimes get pregnant so easily. It's a crap chute.
I would have your glucose and insulin levels checked, fasting and tolerance. Sometimes, high testosterone levels in women can be caused by insulin resistance.
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Thanks for your reply ! My testosterone was 86 and normal range for women was listed as 73. My free testosterone was 0.068. I've been put on birth control and am now doing a low carb diet to help as well. I was not diagnosed with pcos. I do have regular periods every month and do not have any symptoms besides the high testosterone. My thyroid tests came back normal as well.
Last edited by Chanel luv; 05-11-2012 at 10:16 PM.
Hi Chanel- actually, even though the old lab ranges used to be in the 70's and 80's, the new recommendation is that your testosterone be under 50. My lab range used to be 6-86 and now it is 6-50.
Your free testosterone level does not have much meaning without the units- can you post those? If you could post the range as well, that would be helpful. You should know that free testosterone has a poor assay (not a reliable measurement) and calculating the Free Androgen Index (FAI) is deemed a closer representation of free testosterone levels. The calculation is total testosterone divided by SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). If your free testosterone or FAI are within range, and even low to the bottom of the range, then I would suspect your SHBG is very high. If that's the case, then it is probably also binding your thyroid hormone. If your have only measured total T3 and T4, then this would not be accurate, since most of the hormone will be bound to SHBG and other blood proteins. If you have your FT3 and FT4, please post it here.