Mammogram and Hormone Test Results
I've communicated back and forth with you about my persistent ovarian cysts and I'm currently increasing my dosage of progesterone cream as you advised. I did want to share some very exciting news from my mammogram on Wednesday. I've been getting mammograms since 2018 and this is the first time that there was no issue with either the diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound!!!! Because of breast density, I've been advised to get a diagnostic mammogram followed by ultrasound. This was the first time that the radiologist didn't come in to use the ultrasound to scan an area herself. My right breast was the "problem" one with a fibroadenoma and a incidental cyst. Since starting progesterone, I could tell a difference in how my right breast felt. This was the first time I was told come back next year!
I got the results of my hormone testing from 11/23. My FSH was 112 mIU/mL, estradiol was 29.3 pg/mL, testosterone was <3 ng/dL on a 4-50 ng/dL range, and my DHEA-S was 59 μg/dL. I'm less than happy with my gynecologist because these results were posted on my private patient portal before she reviewed them, in fact, they've been on the portal since 12/7 and she hasn't even reviewed them yet.
The above lab tests were done on 11/23 and on 12/1, I had a very, very light bleed lasting about 5-6 days, but so light I didn't even need a tampon. I'm going to ask her if she's concerned about my testosterone level being so low because I know women do need some testosterone although not the same amount as men. I know in Dr. Lee's book, he says that if needed women can get compounded testosterone from a compounding pharmacy and use a tiny bit each day. What are your thoughts about testosterone supplementation in addition to progesterone? I know that testosterone is important for bone density and lean muscle mass. And, does high cortisol directly lower testosterone? THank you so much for all your help!