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So much blood!

My goodness I feel like a human pin cushion! My DHEAs came back way high so I had to go in for a redraw, that also came back elevated. Now my doctor wants me to have more blood drawn for to test my total testosterone and free testosterone levels. Can anyone explain what the free testosterone is? I can't seem to find good info, that makes sense, online.

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Re: So much blood!

  • Sorry you have to keep getting stuck :(  When I had a RPL panel drawn...almost peed myself when she said it was 15 vials.  Im not useful regarding testosterone levels, hopefully someone can give you some info.  
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  • They're testing you for adrenal hyperplasia, which has to be ruled out before a PCOS diagnosis can be made.  Free testosterone is the circulating level of testosterone in your blood, and it can be elevated as a result of adrenal hyperplasia or PCOS. The two conditions look a lot alike, both have polycystic ovaries, excess hair growth, and anovulation, but the source of the male hormones is different, so the treatment is different.  Adrenal hyperplasia generally doesn't have insulin resistance.

    Elevated DHEA-s is one of the hallmarks of adrenal hyperplasia (also called 17-hydroxylase deficiency). My level was also elevated and my RE immediately put me on a microdose of prednisone everyday. That was in November. I ovulated on my own last month, so it's working.

    I have a page at my blog that has more info about adrenal hyperplasia. According to my RE, it's one of the more treatable fertility issues, so that's at least a little good news. 

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    They're testing you for adrenal hyperplasia, which has to be ruled out before a PCOS diagnosis can be made. nbsp;Free testosterone is the circulating level of testosterone in your blood, and it can be elevated as a result of adrenal hyperplasia or PCOS. The two conditions look a lot alike, both have polycystic ovaries, excess hair growth, and anovulation, but the source of the male hormones is different, so the treatment is different. nbsp;Adrenal hyperplasia generally doesn't have insulin resistance.Elevated DHEAs is one of the hallmarks of adrenal hyperplasia also called 17hydroxylase deficiency. My level was also elevated and my RE immediately put me on a microdose of prednisone everyday. That was in November. I ovulated on my own last month, so it's working.I have a page at my blog that has more info about adrenal hyperplasia. According to my RE, it's one of the more treatable fertility issues, so that's at least a little good news.nbsp;


    Thank you so much! My doctor said that it's unusal that my levels are high because I do ovulate, have regular cycles and my ovaries are not poly cystic. I'll have to look at your blog when I'm not on my phone.
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  • I am so sorry you have to keep being stuck!! I hope they find something they need in there!
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  • I am in a similar boat:  my DHEAs came back elevated twice, but my RE says I have PCOS because I have polycystic ovaries, high T and free T, lack of cycles, etc.  however, I'm not insulin resistant.  I am trying to figure out if I can have elevated dheas and pcos?  my RE started me on dexamethasone 1mg daily to try to bring down the dheas.

    good luck! sorry about the multiple needle sticks!

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