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Anyone else been told high female testosterone can impact fertility?

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Cactus30 Thu 02-Apr-20 12:16:23

I've just had a hormone test after 2 years of TTC. The nurse who gave me my results said all looked normal apart from a raised testosterone level which could be impacting my ability to get pregnant and the nurse said they'd speak to a doctor about prescribing metformin to help bring the level down to normal. Has anyone else heard this? I cant seem to find anything with a quick google...

itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Thu 02-Apr-20 15:40:16

Higher testosterone levels are an indicator for PCOS which is fairly common and can cause infertility - metformin is the standard treatment for that x

Cactus30 Thu 02-Apr-20 18:22:22

Thanks, they thought I might have PCOS so I went for an ultrasound but they didnt see any cysts so they ruled it out.

I'd read online that metformin shouldn't be taken by pregnant woman, so I'm not sure if I should be taking it while TTC...

BelleBox19 Thu 09-Apr-20 11:40:18

Hi cactus,

I'd push for further investigations/a second opinion. I have raised testosterone and androgens but no cysts. I've still been diagnosed with PCOS because I have other symptoms as well as the raised hormones.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos/diagnosis/

Metformin is very commonly prescribed for insulin resistance that is often seen in PCOS. It depends what type of PCOS you have. I don't think i have the insulin resistance as I am more on the lean side with a normal BMI, although I will gain weight easily If I'm not careful.

It took me 3 years to naturally conceive, I had a break as it all got a bit much, during this time I went to the gym at least 3 times a week, ate cleanly, took good quality vitamins, copious amounts of pure spearmint tea and Zita West Inositol supplement. Within a couple of months my once 60+ day non ovulatory cycles reduced to 32 then 28 days. The 28 day being the one when I conceived. I think lifestyle changes can be very helpful with PCOS. If you try anything Please give the inositol and spearmint tea a go, I highly recommend the combination as I feel it helped me a lot. Spearmint tea is widely known to reduce testosterone levels naturally. Good luck xx

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 09-Apr-20 13:05:47

The cystic follicles associated with PCOS can disappear (only to be replaced by further cystic follicles, also it can take a highly skilled sonographer to spot these) so this could be why such were not seen on ultrasound. Such scans too should be repeated so PCOS should not have been ruled out here.

Cactus30 Thu 09-Apr-20 19:23:31

Thanks for the advice, I've always had regular periods and that coupled with no cysts has led to the no PCOS diagnosis.

I had another call from a doctor and instead of metformin we decided to try something to help me lose weight which should help the testosterone levels to reduce...although I've always really struggled to lose weight...

We're waiting to get referred on to the fertility specialists but like everyone else the referral is on hold for the foreseeable future!

Thanks for the advice about spearmint tea, I'll give it a try!

Cactus30 Wed 15-Apr-20 17:02:34

@BelleBox19 can I ask where you get the spearmint tea from please? I've been looking everywhere and can only find ones infused with 3 types of mint, or with green tea? Thanks x

BelleBox19 Thu 16-Apr-20 09:55:54

Here you go smile x

Palanquin Spearmint Tea (4 Boxes) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CH3ZEJU/ref=cmsww_rcpp_apiii_Z1bMEb4DVXD59

Cactus30 Thu 16-Apr-20 11:03:35

Thank you so much @BelleBox19 - should have known that Amazon would come to the rescue smile

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