hack my hormones! :( blood results

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I had a fasting blood panel done because I've been experiencing excess facial and body hair growth, acne along my jawline, and suspected some kind of hormonal derangement. I was midcycle when I had this test done and the doctor said everything was "normal"

i though I'd put some numbers up on here incase someone else had any suggestions of other things to test or is able to see a pattern or difference that they could not! Let me know I'm really at a loss here.

Fasting Glucose 80 mg/dl
TSH 3.28
FSH 5.4

Testosterone: 59.51 ng/dl
Prolac: 15.1 ng/ml
White Blood: 8.4
Red Blood: 4.21
HGB: 13.3
HCT: 39.0
MCV: 92.6
Plat: 264

I don't know what a lot of that means- if any of you feel like lettin a girl know that would be great!

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on September 25, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Regardless of bloodwork your symptoms are enough to ask for an ultrasound of your ovaries for suspected PCOS or poly cystic ovary syndrome.

Getting an ultrasound of your adrenal glands (to check for Cushing syndrome and adult adrenal hyperplasia) and liver (to check for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) while you are in there might not be a bad idea either, since all of those can cause and increase in acne and facial hair in women too.

Your TSH is on the high side too, I know everyone is different, but if I get over 2.5 I get symptomatic and do better on thyroid meds.


on September 25, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Did your doc not measure estrogen and progesterone? TSH is a little elevated. Btw, mid cycle isn't always 'mid cycle', e.g. if you have a 40 cycle, mid cycle will be anything between 11-14 days before your period, not 20 days in. In any case, it wouldn't have really mattered since he/she didn't measure LH, estrogen or progesterone. I won't give my suggestions diet-wise because I'm not paleo so you probably wouldn't want to know:). But I would suggest more tests and at different points in your cycle to get a picture of what's going on.



on September 25, 2012
at 08:18 PM

If I remember a typical result for testosterone for a woman is 30-40ish but anything under 70 is considered healthy.

When were the blood tests taken? I *believe that testosterone is still higher in women in the AM, just like men so your daily peak might be higher than indicated.

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