The tests show: "NORMAL"

by Asti

I am 22 years old, and i finally decided to seek a professional opinion and undertake testing, because of increased bodily hair growth (hirsutism- lower abdomen, breasts, buttocks, groin)in the last 5 years...it came along with increased acne, PMS, weight gain (although I am not overweight), excess sweating and a one time outburst of mild psoriasis.

I eat healthy compared to most people (since childhood avoid junk food, processed juices or sodas, artificial sweeteners, homogenized diary products, hydrogenated fats)altho i did consume a lot of soy products when i read an article about what a "healthy" food it is, about 2 or 3 years ago...

According to my doctor, I don't have PCOS (ultrasound test), and hormonal blood tests are aparently within normal ranges(TSH, testosterone), so are my blood sugar and cholesterol.

I really don't know what is causing this, but I definitely DO NOT agree that being 300% hairier than a few years ago is normal. I am caucasian with blond hair, fair skin and the more I shave tweez or pluck, the hair is getting darker and thicker!

Would progesterone therapy be suitable in my situation?

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Aug 04, 2011
The tests show: "NORMAL"
by: Wray

Hi Asti Reading your symptoms I immediately thought of PCOS, all your symptoms fit. And yet you say you don't have it. I assume your oestrogen and progesterone levels were checked too? As this could have a bearing on it. I've found from Saliva Tests we run, that the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen should be 600:1 and over. Please check yours. It could be your total testosterone was checked, and not the free testosterone. If this was high it would account for the increase in hairiness and the acne. You appear to eat very well, but maybe you are eating too much fruit and grains? It's the sugars which are the problem, as they reduce sex hormone binding globulin, see here. With this dropping, free testosterone rises. Maybe you could check on this too. I believe progesterone could help you, it's certainly worth trying. I recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. Please see our page on How to use progesterone cream if you should consider it. But please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur. One other thing, please have a vitamin D test done. Most of us have a low level, and it impacts hugely on our health. For more info see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital websites. Take care Wray

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