A woman's hormone levels can affect everything from her mood, skin and hair to her menstruation cycle and fertility. When hormone levels are off, the body suffers. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains medical options to remedy female hormone disorde...
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The Effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Dr. Travis Stock: Today, we’re revealing 8 bodies that can save your life. Our next one is especially important for women, it's hormone levels, which can affect everything from your skin, to your mood, to fertility, and like many women, Hannah suffers from embarrassing hair growth. She fears that her hormones maybe to blame. Hannah: When I look in the mirror, I don’t see myself. I'm a woman, but I have a part that caused shadow. When I hit puberty, I realized something wasn’t quite right with my body. The first time I started noticing, excess hair was my chin, my neck, my mustache, sideburns. And then on my chest, that looks scary, it felt like I wasn’t a woman. I did try waxing and that was a disaster. I shaved daily, if not twice a day, and that make me feel really self-conscious. It's a such a shameful taboo topic, it's not fair, why am I this way? But I don’t want people to judge me. I remember just the look on this man’s face, like disgust, it was traumatizing, I took a long break from dating, because I have been afraid what will happen if they feel stubble when our cheeks meet? I need to deal with this, I don’t know what my hormone levels are, like if there is a new medication out there now, I'm clueless. Dr. Travis Stock: We have Hannah here today, welcome to the show. So you’ve been looking for answers and Lisa ran a panel of hormones. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Right, because today we’re all about numbers and you wanted to know the numbers of your hormones level, thinking that something is out of whack, right? And you described it very beautifully and so bravely on the video and you're doing something wonderful for all the women out there who are suffering very similar thing. Hair growth is usually sort of male pattern of hair growth, right? And if you don’t want showing that to us, that will be great. Yeah, and you know we know all about you're quality of life and you're feeling good about yourself as a woman, so you're thinking that probably your female hormones aren't right? So we tested your hormone levels, especially your testosterone, because that’s the male hormone that produces like the male patterned hair growth and if it's larger n women, then it can sometimes cause more of that hair growth in women. So the normal testosterone level is 14-80. Your testosterone level was 49.8, but sometimes medications and other things can make that in the normal range, when it really isn’t, which is sometimes it's known actively reflect that. Hannah: Is that more accurate? Dr. Lisa Masterson: It's different. It's different. What we see a lot of times in the clinical picture is that you’ve got something going on that’s produced by high levels of testosterone, whether you see those numbers or not. We have to put it in the big picture. Now, the other thing that can happen is the ovaries, which also produce testosterone can sometimes be out of whack. And sometimes our periods which are the vital signs for women, can tell us if those hormones are out of whack. Because if your periods are irregular and – are your periods irregular? Hannah: Yeah. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Yeah, if your periods are irregular, then probably those hormones, specifically follicle stimulating hormone, and that’s the hormone that triggers the ovaries to release the egg every month. And what happens if that’s in a bad ratio, it was something called LH, when we look at the ratio, not just the FSH number, but the FSH-LH ratio5, then that can mean that the ovaries being irregular to stimulate and having a lot of cyst on it. So your FSH-LH ratio in a syndrome that we know it's called Polcystic Ovary Syndrome, it's usually greater than two. Your ratio was just under that, so it still didn’t fit, but again, there are other medications and things that can skew the picture, because in this diagnosis that you totally fit the criteria which is called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, y

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