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Hormone Question/testo-Quench For Women

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#1 smichelle

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:06 AM

Hey guys!

So I've been prescribed both spiro and diane 35(I live in Canada) to reduce my oily skin but after sucessfully escaping acne after coming off the pill 5 months ago, I'm reluctant to start another pill. I saw my naturopath and asked for a natural alternative to androgen blockers and he gave me Testo Quench! It is supposed to reduce any androgenic effects and help promote healthy hormones. Androgens are what creates oily skin and acne.

 

I was recently tested for my hormones, and I am a little under weight and I am low in estrogen/progesterone but NORMAL in androgen and testosterone levels. I always thought that my oily skin would mean I have high androgen levels but is it possible that it is due to the fact that my other hormones are so low they aren't counteracting the effects of the androgens? resulting in severely oily skin? Please help me understand this!

 

Has anyone tried it and had sucess?I've only been on it for about a week and a half and with hormones it takes some time but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone has any opinions?

 

Thanks :)

 



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 06:57 AM

Being underweight can cause hormone imbalance in women, and can even cause menses to cease. I suggest trying to healthfully gaining a little body fat to see if this helps you. Women function best hormonally when they have some subcutaneous fat, since fat both stores and creates estrogen. Obviously, having too much body fat can cause the opposite problem: too much estrogen, so of course I'm not advocating going out and guzzling milkshakes and gaining 20lbs. Gain whatever weight you would need to gain to be on the low end of normal for your height. If the doctor is saying your androgen levels are normal, that's to be taken with a grain of salt; If you have more androgens then estrogen/progesterone, you are going to have problems as a woman. I would be wary of hormone blockers, since they aren't dealing with the main issue: an imbalance of estrogens and androgens.

 Your hormones can really affect the way you look! I was a wiry, gangly, strong kid with a ton of lean muscle and I grew into a very hippy, chesty adult. Go figure. I'm still quite muscular, though.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 07:09 PM

Being underweight can cause hormone imbalance in women, and can even cause menses to cease. I suggest trying to healthfully gaining a little body fat to see if this helps you. Women function best hormonally when they have some subcutaneous fat, since fat both stores and creates estrogen. Obviously, having too much body fat can cause the opposite problem: too much estrogen, so of course I'm not advocating going out and guzzling milkshakes and gaining 20lbs. Gain whatever weight you would need to gain to be on the low end of normal for your height. If the doctor is saying your androgen levels are normal, that's to be taken with a grain of salt; If you have more androgens then estrogen/progesterone, you are going to have problems as a woman. I would be wary of hormone blockers, since they aren't dealing with the main issue: an imbalance of estrogens and androgens.

 Your hormones can really affect the way you look! I was a wiry, gangly, strong kid with a ton of lean muscle and I grew into a very hippy, chesty adult. Go figure. I'm still quite muscular, though.

 

Acne isn't typically related to any kind of androgen imbalance. Most acne patients do indeed have hormones within the normal range with just am increased sensitivity towards androgens. We also know (I am a medical student) that hormonal disorders are mostly inborn but the symptoms usually present themselves around puberty or post adolescence and not something that is created solely by lifestyle and remedied soley by lifestyle.

 

But regardless it is still unknown what causes actual "acne" - hormone sensitivy is really only half. If I were to guess at the true cause of acne from the information I've gathered I would say it's a combination of genetics and immunological function.






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