Low Thyroid Side Effects In Men

Levothyroxine is usually well tolerated. Side effects of Synthroid related with levothyroxine therapy typically resulted from medicinal overdosage and took the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Weight departure, elevated appetite, insomnia, anxiousness, heat intolerance, diarrhoea or step-up in gut relative frequency, tremblings, high blood pressure, tachycardia, angina, and catamenial constipations may be described. Given the easy half-life of levothyroxine, such upshots may not be deliver for opposite weeks after therapy initiation or dose increments.
Cardiovascular

Cardiac function existed evaluated in two patients demanding TSH stifling for either thyroid gland goiter or coming thyroidectomy and hot tincture of iodine therapy for thyroid malignant neoplastic disease and in twenty age- and sex-matched sees. TSH quelling was assorted with an elevated incidence of earlier ventricular beats, an elevated left ventricular deal index, and accumulated left ventricular systolic run. The clinical implication of these transfers rests to be firm.

A 31-year-old fair had with blue hypothyroidism had myxedema coma and cardiac ischaemia synchronized with levothyroxine therapy. After 1 months of levothyroxine therapy (initial dose: 12.3 mcg/d; maintenance dose: 125 mcg/d), all abnormal lab values consociated with hypothyroidism passed to normal. Nevertheless, three hebdomads after leading up treatment, the patient of reported stray chest bothers during the form of treatment, and a coronary artery angiogram disclosed diffuse stricture of all 3 branches. She underwent coronary thrombosis artery bypass grafting, with attendant improvement in coronary thrombosis perfusion.

Synthroid side effects have let in symptoms of tremblings, high blood pressure, tachycardia, and angina pectoris which may be exacerbated in patient roles with rudimentary cardiovascular disquiets. Ischemic center disease and purposeful results on cardiac function including an accumulated incidence of earlier ventricular beats, an multiplied left ventricular sight index, and accumulated left ventricular systolic role have been described in clinical trials.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Psychiatrist wants to put me on a low dose of Seroquel. Does this help with anxiety and depression?
    Are there any horrible side effects that any of you have experienced from it?
    Lydia, I have looked up the information on the internet. I was asking those who actually take or have taken this medication for their input.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a list of side effects from Web M.D.:
      Does this medication have side effects?
      The following side effects are associated with Seroquel Oral:
      Common side effects:
      Blood Pressure Drop Upon StandingLess Severe
      Dry MouthLess Severe
      IndigestionLess Severe
      Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel MovementsLess Severe
      DrowsinessLess Severe
      DizzyLess Severe
      Chronic Trouble SleepingLess Severe
      Weight GainLess Severe
      Head PainLess Severe
      SluggishnessLess Severe
      Feeling WeakLess Severe
      Infrequent side effects:
      Parkinson SymptomsSevere
      A Feeling of Restlessness with Inability to Sit StillSevere
      RashSevere
      Difficulty SpeakingSevere
      Trouble BreathingSevere
      High Blood SugarSevere
      Decreased White Blood CellsSevere
      Having Thoughts of SuicideSevere
      Feeling RestlessLess Severe
      Problems with EyesightLess Severe
      High Blood PressureLess Severe
      Throat IrritationLess Severe
      Inflammation of the NoseLess Severe
      Stuffy NoseLess Severe
      Inflammation of the Lining of the Stomach and IntestinesLess Severe
      Abnormal Increase in Muscle ToneLess Severe
      Excessive SweatingLess Severe
      PainLess Severe
      Involuntary QuiveringLess Severe
      Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
      Increased HungerLess Severe
      Fast HeartbeatLess Severe
      Heart Throbbing or PoundingLess Severe
      Stomach CrampsLess Severe
      Increased Levels of Prolactin in the BloodLess Severe
      High CholesterolLess Severe
      High Amount of Triglyceride in the BloodLess Severe
      Rare side effects:
      Abnormal Movements of Face Muscles and TongueSevere
      Neuroleptic Malignant SyndromeSevere
      CataractsSevere
      PancreatitisSevere
      Disease of the Muscle of the Heart with EnlargementSevere
      Prolonged Q-T Interval on EKGSevere
      Inflammation of the Middle Tissue Heart MuscleSevere
      Abnormally Low Blood PressureSevere
      Continued Painful ErectionSevere
      Discharge of Milk in Men or Women when Not BreastfeedingSevere
      Problem with PeriodsSevere
      Stevens-Johnson SyndromeSevere
      Muscle PainSevere
      SeizuresSevere
      Fluid Retention in the Legs, Feet, Arms or HandsSevere
      Life Threatening Allergic ReactionSevere
      Underactive ThyroidSevere
      Diabetic KetoacidosisSevere
      DiabetesSevere
      Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone SecretionSevere
      Decreased Blood PlateletsSevere
      Deficiency of Granulocytes a Type of White Blood CellSevere
      Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood CellSevere
      Muscle Problems that cause Abnormal MovementLess Severe
      Flu-Like SymptomsLess Severe
      Difficulty SwallowingLess Severe

      My youngest step son was put on this med. almost five years ago. When he takes it he is calm and sleepy. When it wears off before the next dose he gets chatty until dose time. Not all people get all side effects. A drug works for some people and not for others. Keep track of how you do on any and all drugs so you can give good feedback to your doctor to help get on the right meds. for you and the right dosage. God bless my friend. I hope this helps. Love, Makwa/Jo:)

  2. QUESTION:
    Have you experienced these side effects of the Pill?
    My doctor told me not to worry, and said that my birth control pill had very low hormones and no side effects.
    Yet I've gotten acne, some weight gain, and (most importantly) my sex drive has plummeted. I'm a college student!!! Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I had that problem with "the Pill" when I was 19. Then I tried other formulas & the same or other side effects.

      For some gals, taking the pill can throw your thyroid off. And this is one of the major problems.

      After learning what I have learned & knowing what I know now, I am greatful for the doctor who had the wise advise to ditch The Pill (this was in 1986, before AIDS concerns in hetro-sexuals)

      As you may be aware, there is a high incidence of Fibromialgia and it is significantly higher with women than with men. The doctor who is Cheif of Rheumatology at one of the local hospitals here is SOLIDLY CONVINCED that the highest, most likely root cause of "real fibro cases".. meaning he excludes incorrect diagnoses... is (1) Birth Control Pills & (2) PTSD...

      I would have to say DITCH THE PILL... when you are 40, you will thank me for that advise :)

  3. QUESTION:
    TMJ Disorder - Are there any home remedies to curing this?
    I have been suffering from TMJ for several years now. I have tried the mouth splint and it didn't help, it actually made it worse. Are there any home remedies that you can suggest that may be helpful in curing or elevating the symptoms? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      TMJ Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

      Pain in the facial muscles and jaw joints may radiate to the neck or shoulders. Joints may be overstretched. You may experience muscle spasms from TMJ syndrome. You may feel pain every time you talk, chew, or yawn. Pain usually appears in the joint itself, in front of the ear, but it may move elsewhere in the skull, face, or jaw and lead to headaches, dizziness, and even migraines.
      TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and hearing loss. Sometimes people mistake TMJ pain for an ear problem, such as an ear infection, when the ear is not the problem at all.
      When the joints move, you may hear sounds, such as clicking, grating, and/or popping. Others may also be able to hear the sounds. Clicking and popping are common. This means the disc may be in an abnormal position. Sometimes no treatment is needed if the sounds give you no pain.
      Your face and mouth may swell on the affected side.
      The jaw may lock wide open (then it is dislocated), or it may not open fully at all. Also, upon opening, the lower jaw may deviate to one side. You may find yourself favoring one painful side or the other by opening your jaw awkwardly. These changes could be sudden. Your teeth may not fit properly together, and your bite may feel odd.
      You may have trouble swallowing because of the muscle spasms.
      Headache and dizziness may be caused by TMJ syndrome. You may feel nauseous or vomit.

      Cause: The endocrine glands produce hormones to regulate human traits, namely, Kama [desire], Krodha[anger], Lobha[Selfishness and greed]Moha[[love], Mada[lust] and matsaryas[affections]. Hormonal Imbalance is the root cause of all the chronic and dreaded & incurable diseases/syndromes or it may also be congenital due to genetic predispositions + bad diet.
      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins in Brain, Spinal cord, liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Kidneys, Spleen, gonads, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      Target Therapy is worth trying. It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures. Dr.Vora[late], the world renowned Acupressurist and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 2,00,000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses, brain & spinal cord affected disorders and also many other most dreaded diseases.

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      U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, IBS, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Parkinson’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc.,

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      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
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  4. QUESTION:
    Does sitting infront of the computer continuously decreases your height?
    I've been sitting infront of the computer these days and it seems like my height have decreased.Does it have anything to do with my spine getting compressed while sitting all these days.I mean I was sitting continuous like for 6-8 hours.What can I do to increase my height?I was 5'7 and now I'm like 5'6 and a half or something.

    Does hanging help to increase my height?If yes,when all should I hang and for how many mins?

    • ANSWER:
      LOL @ hanging to increase your height and for how many minutes (that's not going to work.)

      You're actually taller than the average Indian male (165.3 cm (5' 5") according to http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/height-chart.shtml

      If you've got 5,000 burning a hole in your pocket you can make a trip here to the U.S. and get some surgery to make you taller...lol
      "Unfortunately, other bones within the body finish growing by the end of puberty. If you're unhappy with your height by the age of 20, Mother Nature is unlikely to offer much help, though modern science may be able to give you the boost you're looking for. Limb-lengthening surgeries require doctors to break bones in the legs, and then insert spacer rings in the spaces between the broken bones. By turning these rings, you can widen the gaps between the bones, which your body will eventually fill and repair. This type of surgery comes with a steep price, however. The New Jersey Institute of Technology reveals that one student who underwent this procedure in 2008 spent 5,000 and endured 6 months of significant pain to gain 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height [source: Florida].

      4 possible causes of 'Decrease in height':

      1. Osteoporosis (you're only 19 years old so I seriously doubt that's the problem)

      2. Compression Fracture of the Back
      what causes it: Osteoporosis a condition that causes thinning of the bone tissue and loss of bone density. it is the most common cause of compression fractures of the back. It usually affects older men and women.

      Other possible causes of compression fractures of the back include:

      physical trauma to your back
      a tumor that either originates in your spine or spreads to your spinal area (relatively rare)

      3. Hypercalcemia
      what causes it: Your body manages the calcium level in your blood through parathyroid hormone (PTH) and another hormone called calcitonin. Normally, PTH increases when the level of calcium in your blood falls and decreases when your calcium level rises. Your body also makes calcitonin when your calcium level gets too high. When you have hypercalcemia, your body is unable to regulate your calcium level as it normally would. There are several possible causes of this condition.

      Hyperparathyroidism
      Parathyroid glands (four small glands) are located near the thyroid gland in the neck and regulate parathyroid hormone which in turn regulates calcium in the blood. When at least one of your parathyroid glands becomes overly active, the condition is called hyperparathyroidism. This is the leading cause of hypercalcemia, especially in women over 50 years old. It occurs when the glands release too much PTH.

      Lung Diseases and Cancers
      Granulomatous diseases, such as tuberculosis, are lung diseases that can cause your vitamin D levels to rise. This causes more calcium absorption, which increases the calcium level in your blood. Some cancers, especially lung cancer, breast cancer, and blood cancers, can raise your risk for hypercalcemia.

      Medication Side Effects
      Some types of drugs, such as thiazide diuretics, can cause hypercalcemia because less calcium is excreted and more retained in the body. Other drugs, such as lithium, cause more PTH to be released.

      Dietary Supplements
      Taking too much vitamin D or calcium in the form of supplements can raise your calcium level.

      Dehydration
      This usually leads to mild cases of hypercalcemia. When you’re dehydrated, your calcium level rises due to the low amount of fluid you have in your blood.

      4. Hyperparathyroidism

      Symptoms
      Back pain
      Blurred vision (because of cataracts)
      Bone pain or tenderness
      Decreased height
      Depression
      Fatigue
      Fractures of long bones
      Increased urine output
      Increased thirst
      Itchy skin
      Joint pain
      Loss of appetite
      Nausea
      Muscle weakness and pain
      Personality changes
      Stupor and possibly coma
      Upper abdominal pain

      what causes it: When calcium levels are too low, the body responds by increasing production of parathyroid hormone. This increase in parathyroid hormone causes more calcium to be taken from the bone and more calcium to be reabsorbed by the intestines and kidney. When the calcium level returns to normal, parathyroid hormone production slows down.

  5. QUESTION:
    Are one of the effects of Hyperthryoidism bulging eyes?
    I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a few months ago. My diagnosis explained alot of things that was going on with my body. Ive had big eyes since i was a tot and my aunt just mentioned to me that shes sees my eyes bigger than they were before. Does this mean that my hyperthyroidism is causing my eyes to become better. Im not taking any treatment for my hyperthryoid right now but when i do start taking it will it stop the bulging of eyes ? Is there any surgery i can do to correct this problem with my eyes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, hyperthyroid conditions (thyrotoxicosis, Grave's disease) can cause the eyballs to appear to bulge. This condition is called expothalamos. I hope that is spelled correctly, my notes and backpack from my medical coding program is buried in the closet, and I am too tired to get it at this hour!
      When I was diagnosed with Grave's disease when I was 18, it explained alot of things happening to me as well, such as more hair than normal falling out (you won't become bald or anything, don't worry :) ) , what seemed like a constant low grade fever, intolerance to heat, fine, board straight oily hair, and a huge appetite. Treatment should improve your condition, it did for me. I took tapezole for a while, suddenly was hypothyroid, so I was taken off the medicine, and I tested normal for a while. I am now hypothyroid.
      I reccomend you return to your doctor who diagnosed you or to see an endrochronologist, who specializes in the diseases of these glands. It is also bad for your heart to continue to have excessive levels of thyroid hormone in your blood, so get back to the doctor as soon as you can!
      It is also a good idea to have members of your family tested for thyroid problems as well, as this usually runs in families. Women have thyroid problems more often than men. When I was first diagnosed with Graves, most of the women on my mother's side were tested and they all had thyroid problems, including my mother.

  6. QUESTION:
    Interesting Question for you Experts on Steroids?
    And yes by Steroids i mean Estrogen and Testosterone. So how is it okay for women to be allowed to take birth control pills which are estrogen and Progestogen these are sold over the counter but Testosterone is illegal? Estrogen is a derivative of cholesterol as is testosterone which would bring about the same cardiovascular risk and they would produce the same effects on the liver and kidneys. Other side effects would be different because they have two different effects on the body. Is this a double standard or am i missing something?

    • ANSWER:
      1) You can't buy estrogen or progesterone over the counter. You need a prescription.

      2) There are also medicinal uses for other types of steriods, cortico-steroids reduce inflammation, in asthma medicines/inhalers, and other uses. Testosterone is also widely prescribed for men of a certain age or who have a medical condition that has caused their testosterone levels to drop too low. Yes, there is HRT for men as well as women.

      3) All hormones are, well, not derived from cholesterol, but cholesterol is the base molecule. However, the negative side effects of massive amounts of hormones isn't the cholesterol. The problem is that your entire endocrine system works as a system, nothing is independent, and when you throw part of the equation off, it has has side-effects in other places. For example, I had my thyroid removed last year. Before that time, however, my thyroid, producing a massive amount of T4, was causing my adrenal glands to go crazy which affected my pancreas which made me hypoglycemic. Since my hormones are back in balance now, all is well, but there could be some long-term damage there. It wasn't the cholesterol, it was that this one issue, an over-active thyroid, was screwing up the entire system. Excessive testosterone starts an endocrine chain-reaction which reduces your "good" cholesterol and increases your "bad" cholesterol. Again, the fact that cholesterol is the bases of the hormone is not related.

      4) As for why anabolic steroids, which is what I think you are actually talking about here, their side-effects are far more severe than birth control pills, although birth control pills are not without their risks. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first being that the doses in, say, birth control pills, are much lower than those of you average anabolic steroid user. My birth control pill contains 15 mcg of estrogen. A dose of anabolic steroids can be well over 20-30 times that amount. That's a lot of stress to put on your endocrine system. Also, excessive anabolic steroids have far more negative side-effects than hormonal birth control, as you pointed out, heart damage, liver damage, etc. Just the chemical make-up of the varying hormones. Also, there is the whole cheating thing that we, as a society, have decided we don't like. Look at what's happened to Barry Bonds. Since we associate anabolic steroids with this sort of behavior, there is wide-spread belief that they should only be used for specific medical purposes.

      5) So in sum, no, there isn't really a double standard here. Estrogen and progesterone have medical uses as do testosterone and anabolic steroids. They are prescribed by doctors for different purposes depending on the needs of the patient. It is illegal to use any drug for purposes not intended by the doctor, and it is also illegal to obtain a prescription-only drug without a prescription, whether that drug be Xanax or Priolosec or birth control pills or anabolic steroids.

  7. QUESTION:
    How long do people normally last during Intercourse
    (Sorry if this question, is too personal, if so just click back)

    I was wondering, Im a gay man and during intercourse with all my previous partners and including my current boyfriend I've lasted longer than 2 hours. We would reguary change posistions etc, take break to ensure not getting sore, but I can feel that eventually I would orgasm, but not within a good time,

    Why is it that It takes me quite a while during intercourse?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, anorgasmia is something we normally think of as affecting women, but I'm sure that it is more common with men than is realised.
      I'm guessing that it most often takes the form of delayed ejeculation, like you seem to describe.

      I'm not an expert but you may want to consider discussing this with your doctor at your next visit and consider possible causes such as blood pressure or low thyroid activity. There could be an endocrine-based cause like diabetes or low oxytocin.

      Umm..I don't want to scare you, but you may want to look into these possibilities just so you can be sure and have an early warning for possible health problems.

      It's quite possible too that intercourse is just understimulating for you. We are all different in our levels and types of responsiveness.

      Good luck and best wishes!

      p.s. from what I've read, antidepressents and alcohol are common causes or factors in sexual responsiveness. Antidepressents often have unexpected and strange side effects and with alcohol is a CNS depressent and some people are sexually sensitive to alcohol in small quantities. I don't know if it applies to you, but I thought I should mention it.

  8. QUESTION:
    what are some signs of gigantism?
    I just turned 15, I am like 5'11, and my fingers are really big. I have watched some shows about gigantism, but I want to know more about the symptoms and how it can be treated.

    • ANSWER:
      Gigantism
      URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001174.htm

      Gigantism is abnormally large growth due to an excess of growth hormonegrowth hormone during childhood, before the bone growth plates have closed.

      CausesCauses
      The most common cause of too much growth hormone release is a noncancerous (benign) tumortumor of the pituitary gland. Other causes include:

      •Carney complex
      •McCune-Albright syndromeMcCune-Albright syndrome (MAS)
      •Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN-1)
      •Neurofibromatosis
      If excess growth hormone occurs after normal bone growth has stopped, the condition is known as acromegalyacromegaly.

      Gigantism is very rare.

      SymptomsSymptoms
      The child will grow in height, as well as in the muscles and organs. This excessive growth makes the child extremely large for his or her age.

      Other symptoms include:

      •Delayed puberty
      •Double vision or difficulty with side (peripheral) vision
      •Frontal bossingFrontal bossing and a prominent jaw
      •HeadacheHeadache
      •Increased sweating
      •Irregular periods (menstruation)
      •Large hands and feet with thick fingers and toes
      •Release of breast milk
      •Thickening of the facial features
      •Weakness
      Exams and TestsExams and Tests
      •CTCT or MRIMRI scan of the head showing pituitary tumorpituitary tumor
      •Failure to suppress serum growth hormone (GH) levels after an oral glucose challenge (maximum 75g)
      •High prolactin levels
      •Increased insulin growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels
      Damage to the pituitary may lead to low levels of other hormones, including:

      •CortisolCortisol
      •EstradiolEstradiol (girls)
      •TestosteroneTestosterone (boys)
      •Thyroid hormone
      TreatmentTreatment
      In pituitary tumors with well-defined borders, surgery is the treatment of choice and can cure many cases.

      For situations in which surgery cannot completely remove the tumor, medication is the treatment of choice. The most effective medications are somatostatin analogs (such as octreotide or long-acting lanreotide), which reduce growth hormone release.

      Dopamine agonists (bromocriptine mesylate, cabergoline) have also been used to reduce growth hormone release, but these are generally less effective. Pegvisomant, a medication that blocks the effect of growth hormone, may be used.

      Radiation therapy has also been used to bring growth hormone levels to normal. However, it can take 5 - 10 years for the full effects to be seen and almost always leads to low levels of other pituitary hormones.

      Radiation has also been linked to learning disabilities, obesity, and emotional changes in children. Most experts will use radiation only if surgery and medication fail.

      Outlook (Prognosis)Outlook (Prognosis)
      Pituitary surgery is usually successful in limiting growth hormonegrowth hormone production.

      Possible ComplicationsPossible Complications
      •Delayed puberty
      Surgery and radiation can both lead to low levels of other pituitary hormones, which can cause:

      •Adrenal insufficiency
      •Diabetes insipidus (rarely)
      •HypogonadismHypogonadism
      •HypothyroidismHypothyroidism
      When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalWhen to Contact a Medical Professional
      Call your health care provider if your child has signs of excessive growth.

      Alternative NamesAlternative Names
      Giantism

      ReferencesReferences
      Melmed S, Kleinberg D. Anterior pituitary. In: Kronenberg HM, Melmed S, Polonsky KS, Larsen PR. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 8.

      Update Date: 11/23/2009Update Date: 11/23/2009
      Updated by: Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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  9. QUESTION:
    I heard using soy protein instead of a whey supplement has a side effect of breasts in men, any truth in that?
    I use protein supplement when I lift and workout. I, by chance, have always used whey protein. A buddy of ours once bought soy and this was questioned by others we lifted with. Is there any clinical findings or truth to this, and is there a benefit to one over the other?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife couldn't take estrogen when she went through menopause because she got bad side effects from it. She read that soy beans had large amounts of plant estrogen in them. She started eating soybeans, tofu (made from soybeans, and drinking soy milk. She said that it made a difference.

      People with diabetes now can inject themselves with Humulin Insulin but up until 10 to 15 years ago they had to use insulin that they harvested from pigs, It worked fine in humans. People who have low levels of thyroid hormone used to take pills that were made from crushed and purified animal thyroid glands, it worked fine in humans.There are many plant substances that have effects in humans.

      I don't know if taking protein made from soybeans will cause breast problems or not, but even if it doesn't, I don't want to take large amounts of plant estrogen into my body. I don't lift so I don't take protein tablets as I did when I was in my teens and lifted. But I won't eat tofu, eat soybeans, or drink soy milk. I don't want to take any type of estrogen into my body. Maybe someone else will know of any research. I would be interested also.

  10. QUESTION:
    how did my whole leg fall asleep while i was sleeping?
    o man i freaked out last nite..i thought my leg was gonna have to be amputated. i got up out of a dream and went to go to the bathroom n i completely crushed my ankle cuz my goddam leg was asleep. my whole freakin leg was numb it was like it wasn't apart of my body anymore..i was freakin out. n then it finally came back to life but ive never had anything like that happen to me before i was quite scared. does anyone know why my whole leg fell asleep?

    • ANSWER:
      Nocturnal leg cramps are sudden, involuntary contractions of the calf muscles that occur during the night or while at rest. The cramps can affect persons in any age-group, but they tend to occur in middle-aged and older populations.

      Research has not identified precisely what causes nighttime muscle cramps. The problem is most likely with the nerves controlling the muscles rather than with the muscles themselves. Some research points to a problem with the transition from wakefulness to sleep. Many individuals who have nocturnal leg cramps have them at the time of dreaming. That's why some researchers think that these cramps result from a subtle malfunction in the control system that normally separates our brain from the body movements we make in our dreams. However, most scientists believe that the problem is not a disorder within the brain.

      Sometimes the cramps are caused by overexertion of the muscles, structural disorders (flat feet), standing on concrete, prolonged sitting, inappropriate leg positions while sedentary, or dehydration. Doctors do know that those who are more muscular seem to have more leg cramps. Less common causes include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, hypoglycemia, anemia, thyroid and endocrine disorders and use of some medications.

      Low levels of certain minerals known as electrolytes—magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium—have long been linked to leg cramps. (Marathon runners sweating out the miles are particularly prone to this variety.) Certain drugs, such as diuretics have also been cited as a cause of leg cramps. Dialysis patients often complain of leg cramps, and pregnancy is also a factor.

      To prevent cramping consider the regular use of supplements, especially calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium (only if your sodium intake is low or if you sweat a lot). Stretching your calves regularly during the day and at night will help. You can often prevent night cramps by exhausting the stretch reflex before you go to bed by stretching your calf muscles with wall pushups and applying a heating pad for 10 minutes before going to bed. Keeping blankets loose at the foot of the bed will help prevent unnatural positioning of your feet and toes which can cause night time cramping.

      When cramping occurs, try walking on the affected leg and then elevate it. Stretch your calf by grabbing your toes and pulling them upward toward your knee, especially with you leg extended straight. Take a hot shower or warm bath, or apply an ice massage to the cramped muscle.

      Persistent or severe leg cramps often are treated with medication. Such medications include diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl), simple muscle relaxants such as meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown) and verapamil hydrochloride (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan). Quinine, while effective, has too many side effects and has been banned in the US for this use.

  11. QUESTION:
    what can cause a low libido in a young man?
    he's 28.
    apart from having an ugly girlfriend, of course?

    • ANSWER:
      Libido is influenced by a tangled web of hormones & neurotransmitters.

      Most of the causes pertain to stress or hormones. Lack of sleep, excessive work, guilt/shame regarding sex, etc. can all be stressors that work in both hormonal & non-hormonal ways to decrease libido.
      Erectile dysfunction &/or fear of failure can be a stressor & lower libido.

      Many hormones (testosterone, estrogen, DHT, thyroid hormones, etc.) & neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, etc.) play a role in libido, such that drugs or activities that affect hormones or neurotransmitters can affect libido. For instance, antidepressants & anti-anxiety meds are known to cause various sexual side effects, from erectile dysfunction, to difficulty in achieving orgasm, to decreased libido.

      Like stress, hormone/neurotransmitter imbalance can occur at any age, regardless of apparent health. If you know of a man with low libido, the best way to approach him regarding his issue is to direct him to some information about the above & see what he thinks about it. Blood tests can help identify problems, but we men are often too stubborn to get them unless we are motivated inwardly.

      Hope that helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does Rogaine work? Is there a nustrom against hair loss that really works?
    My aunt suffers from a hair loss due most probably to hormonal dysfunction

    Thank you for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone loses some hair every day. Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal.

      But if hair loss runs in your family, you could lose a lot more hair. Over time, you may end up with bald spots or hair that slowly gets thinner. About half of all people have this type of hair loss by around age 50.1, 2

      Other factors, such as diseases and medicines, also can cause you to lose more hair than normal.

      Although hair loss is fairly common, it can be a tough thing to live with, especially when it changes how you look. But there are ways you can treat your hair loss.

      What causes hair loss?
      Common causes of hair loss include:

      Heredity. In most cases, hair loss is inherited, which means it’s passed down from one or both of your parents. This is called male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss.
      Stress, including physical stress from surgery, illness, or high fever.
      Chemotherapy, which is powerful medicine that destroys cancer cells.
      Damage to your hair from pulling it back too tightly, wearing tight braids or ponytails, or using curling irons or dyes.
      Age, since you grow less hair as you get older. Hair also gets thinner and tends to break more easily as you age.
      Poor diet, especially not getting enough protein or iron.
      Thyroid diseases, like hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
      Ringworm of the scalp, which is common in children.
      What are the symptoms?
      Your symptoms will depend on what kind of hair loss you have.

      If your hair is thinning, it happens slowly over time, so you may not notice the hairs falling out. If your hair is shedding, then clumps of hair fall out. You may lose hair all over your scalp, which is called general hair loss. Or you may lose hair only in one area, which is called focal hair loss.

      With inherited hair loss, men usually get bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head, while women have thinning all over the scalp.

      See a picture of typical inherited hair loss.

      Since your hair has a lot to do with your appearance, losing it may cause you to have lower self-esteem if you don't like how you look. This is especially true in women and teens.

      How is hair loss diagnosed?
      Your doctor will ask you some questions, like how much hair you're losing, when it started, and whether your parents have hair loss. He or she will look closely at your scalp and hair-loss pattern and may gently pull out a few hairs for tests.

      If it’s not clear what’s causing you to lose your hair, your doctor may do a blood test or look at a sample of your hair or scalp with a microscope.

      How is it treated?
      How you choose to treat your hair loss depends on the cause. It also depends on your feelings. You may decide that you need treatment, or you may not be worried about thinning hair or baldness. The choice is up to you.

      Hair loss that runs in the family can be treated with medicines or with surgery, such as a hair transplant. Some people choose to wear hairpieces, like wigs or toupees (say "too-PAYZ"). Finding different ways of styling your hair, like dyeing or combing, also can help. If hair loss is caused by something you can control, like stress or medicines, you can treat it by getting rid of the cause.

      When you are deciding about treatment, think about these questions:

      Which treatment is most likely to work?
      How long will it take?
      Will it last?
      What are the side effects and other risks?
      How much will it cost, and will insurance cover it?
      Will your hair grow back?
      When your hair loss is inherited, your hair won't grow back naturally. Treatment can help some hair grow back and prevent more from falling out, but you probably won't get all your hair back. And treatment doesn't work for everyone.

      When medicines, stress, or hair damage cause you to lose your hair, it often will grow back after you take away the cause. If this doesn't help, you may need other treatment.

      If you're unhappy with how hair loss makes you look, treatment may boost your self-esteem. It’s natural to want to like the way you look.

      But keep in mind that treatment, especially medicines and surgery, can have some side effects and risks. Be sure to discuss your decision with your doctor.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about hair loss:
      What is hair loss?
      What causes it?
      Can I prevent hair loss?
      What are the symptoms?
      What happens in hair loss?
      What increases my risk of losing my hair?
      What is alopecia areata?
      Who is affected by hair loss?

      Being diagnosed:
      Who can diagnose hair loss?
      How is it diagnosed?

      Getting treatment:
      How is hair loss treated?
      What medicines do I need to take?
      Will I need surgery?
      What other treatments might be recommended?
      Should I take medications for inherited hair loss?
      What do I need to know about hair transplant surgery?

      Living with hair loss:
      What can I do at home for hair loss?
      How often will I need to see my doctor?
      When should I call my doctor?

  13. QUESTION:
    I'm 32years old, suffering from Erectile dysfunction and lack of libido.Now I'm using Safed Musli,but no use?
    Is there any alternative medicines other than Safed Musli? Can Viagra and Cialis resolve this problem permanently(after taking a course)? And there's any side effect?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had blood tests to check your endocrine levels? If you have a thyroid issue it can affect your libido big time. So can diabetic issues and low testosterone. Blood tests can pinpoint if you're having any problems.

      You have to remember that testosterone peaks in men at age 18 and by the mid-thirties it's declined about 50%.

  14. QUESTION:
    is there efficient alternative to hormones for hypothyroid?
    I m a man who, after interferon treatment, got hypothyroid as a side effect, doctors are very vague about anything else but synthetic or animal hormones. a big thanks for serious answers; denys lemo, multilingual

    • ANSWER:
      Once you start the synthetic thyroid hormone, it is difficult to transition off of them. You are wise to consider alternatives.

      However, you are also wise to have a doctor monitor your progress while you try other things because thyroid consitions can be serious.

      I am a Reiki Master Teacher and have a slightly low thyroid personally, not enough to require medication.

      I serve a client who lost her thyroid to cancer surgery and have worked with her through her transition.

      She does not have a thyroid and we can not live without that hormone. Her choice was to have her doctor to change her perscription the medically available netural alternative. I do not know the name of it but there is a natural thyroid pill available by prescription from your doctor. Her doctor did not want to change her but she insisted and has felt much better on the natural hormone. Her doctor monitored her progress.

      If your problem is not too severe, you can go to your local health food store and buy a glandular thyroid supplement and some herbe to support thyroid function, they will know at the store what they have available for that. You can try it for a month or two then have your doctor re-test you.

      Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    does soy milk cause irregular periods and constipation?
    I don't drink regular milk gives me gas, im wondering the side effects to the soy, i have irregular periods/cysts and was wondering if the soy only makes it worse...

    thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      The soy industry would like you to believe that there are tons of health benefits to soy but that is very far from the truth.

      In fact there are so many health concerns related to soy that many groups are pushing to have it removed from the USDA list of health foods.

      1. For starters, soy in this country is high processed and almost all genetically modified which is the worse thing you can do.

      2. Soy contains phyto-estrogens which mimic estrogen in the body and can create hormonal issues in both men and women. It has also been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease and breast cancer.

      3. It contains phytic acid which literally robs your body of much needed minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, etc.

      4. It contain trypsin inhibitors which inhibit protein digestion so you can't even use the protein.

      I could go on but I think you get the point. Soy is not healthy and will only makes things worse.

      Irregular periods are going to be caused by a hormonal imbalance due to low progesterone levels.

      Since you are intolerant to milk then you likely have many other food intolerances that you should cut out of your diet including...

      1. Wheat/Gluten
      2. All Dairy
      3. All Soy
      4. Processed Foods
      5. Sugar

      Starting eating high quality meats and vegetables and reduce your stress levels and you'll be back to normal in no time.

      For the constipation, here is what I would do...

      1. Make sure you are drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. Most constipated people are dehydrated. If water goes right through your then add a pinch of natural celtic sea salt for electrolytes and minerals.

      2. Use a fiber supplement such as a finely ground psyllium hulls which will add bulk to your stool, stretch your color, and help create persistalsis (the urge to go).

      3. Use a high quality and wide spectrum probiotic supplement like Dr. Ohirra's. The majority of your still is not fiber but actually live and dead bacteria. It's the bacteria that feed on the fiber. But odds are you have a major dysbiosis (imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in your gut).

      4. You can use a highly absorbable magnesium supplement like Natural Calm which will help bring water to your digestive tract and make stimulate your colon to go.

  16. QUESTION:
    What's the cause for excessive acid?
    Why do you get acid like no mans business? Is it liver bile going crazy? Or hormones going mad and imbalance of hormones or thyroid levels going up n down or is it side effects of tablets or food I'm eating? Can't live on Rennie forever!

    • ANSWER:
      Start eliminating certain foods from your diet, like milk cheese wine and other acidic foods, it may be acid reflux? Try a low gluten diet, you mention tablets read the leaflet of side effects and contact your gp if it persists

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to lose 60 lbs in 6months with working out and going on a veggie and fruit diet?

    i was 105 lbs a year ago and i start gainig weight too fast and soon i had no energy and now i weigh 160 and i found out i have thyroid condition i wanted to know if anyone had any luck with this kind of diet with fruits and veggies and of course exercise....i need to lose this weight in 6 months ......

    • ANSWER:
      60 lbs. divided by 6 months= 10 lbs per month
      10 lbs. divided by 4 weeks per month = 2.5 lbs per week
      (2.5 pounds lost per week)

      Men can safely lose that amount per week. It's slightly more dangerous for women to lose that amount-- I'd adjust the goal down a bit for safety. IF you are a growing teen, that goal needs to be scaled back a bit more; you wouldn't want to end up short in height or suffer some other side effect of starving yourself.

      A veggie and fruit diet can be dangerous even for vegetarians. We all suffer some muscle breakdown as a result of daily metabolism and exercise, or restriction of calories. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian ways to get protein.

      The most common concept now in dietary science is that to create a healthy body it's a good idea to seriously reconsider the amount of highly processed sugar-based or sugar-producing foods you consume. They tend to increase insulin in the blood -- the perfect way to add fat and create Type II diabetes over time.

      Let's clarify-- WHITE flour in all its forms: bread, cake, cookies, crackers, cereal, pasta, breading for fried foods, etc. The more processed these are, the more you store. That's in addition to known SUGAR foods: candy, soda, gum, anything sweetened.

      The idea here is to reintroduce fiber in the form of less-processed foods into your diet. WHOLE grains. FRESH veggies & fruits. Good LOW-FAT dairy products. Lean meats. Fresh olive or canola oil for cooking. Fresh nuts in small amounts. Spices for flavor-- NOT butter or deep-frying.

      The next idea is to eat more often in smaller amounts. Weight control is all about body chemistry. If you eat only 2 big meals a day-- even if they are healthy-- it's more likely to raise insulin levels. Eat 4-6 small meals and your insulin stays more level and you feel less bloated.

      Finally, healthy eating is NOT about denial of your favorite foods. I have a client who never lost that last 10 pounds until she really GOT IT regarding portion sizes and frequency. She finally learned to enjoy the foods she loved, but in smaller portions. So she WILL have a donut-- but she doesn't eat 3 of them now. She WILL have a big cookie-- but she wraps it up and eats the rest later. Over time the HUGE portions seem less appealing and you feel better.

      You may find that SOME of that weight you are carrying is in your intestines and when you reduce your portions you will lose 5 pounds right in the first week. After that though, go by how you feel. If you feel stressed or irritable, there's a good chance you are undereating or not eating often enough.

      Add some low-impact cardiovascular activity-- even if it's just one 45 minute brisk walk every day-- and you will have added yet one more very healthy method of accelerating your results and extending your life.

      In some cases a thyroid conditon is the cause of the problem and I see that you added this in. If your diet is REALLY bad-- that could be the reason in itself for the health problems. Naturopaths would prescribe kelp tablets -- a natural source of iodine. Normal MD's will probably put you on synthroid or similar medicine. I am NOT a doctor, but either way, both types of doctor will probably steer you toward a healthier food lifestyle.

      In my case, I have enjoyed HUGE success from reading and using Peter D'Adamo's "Eat Right for Your Type" book. My problem was with food allergies, and with his method I now enjoy a restructured diet that keeps me pain-free.

      Best of Health to You-- and thanks for reading this-- it's a lot of info I'm sure!

  18. QUESTION:
    i have been on levothyroxine125mg and hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg?
    was wondering if any one has taking these two pills together and if there were any side effects or improvement in there condition im taking one for bloodpressure and the other for thyroid i feel tired all the time and increase in appetite and feel like im gaining weight ive been on these pills for three weeks now

    • ANSWER:
      I have taken both of these meds together. They just gave me a stronger water pill that I take twice a day with blood thinners 3 times a day with Lesonipril and atenolol.

      I haven't noticed any help with weight loss since I began levothyroxine, but my doctor said that I moved into the normal range. Have your doctor check your hormone levels.

      Men may lose testosterone, fat accumulation has been known to turn testosterone into estrogen which could be very harmful to the libido .

      Like you I was tired all the time and had an increased appetite, but with exercise , my appetite had normalized. I just make sure I'm hungry when I eat and choose wisely. I'm going in for a heart stint procedure on the 26th. I believe this blockage is what is sapping my strength.

      ekg suggested a blockage, stress test didn't show it so now they have to take pics on the inside.

      My doctor firmly believes it's there.

      I wish you good luck. Keep up with your meds I'm on levothyroxine about three months now, but I have a lower dose than you, only 25 mg.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is best for hair to achieve better looks without any hair loss or other side effects ?

    • ANSWER:
      Naturally of course! What's best for hair: good genes, good hair care & all the foods from Mother Nature, not made by man like John Frieda or supplements from GNC. They do more harm than good.

      I have low thyroid, and I have not experienced hair loss, either, my hair is as thick as when I was in HS.

      Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair product just absorbs on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge.

      I don't use conditioner, haven't for over 15 years. We have soft water. When traveling, I briefly rinse with bottled water.

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in.

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tampered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Cutting your split ends yourself, spend 5-10 mins. on a sunny day so you can easily spot them, using a 2" scissors, cut strand by strand, section by section, allowing new growth to take over. Then 2x a year, get a good hair cut. This won't speed things up, but it will make the hair look healthier while it's growing. Even healthy hair like mine get them, due to normal brushing & styling.

  20. QUESTION:
    I think my hubby may have a physical problem?
    ok this is a touchy subject among, men and women i guess. My husband is 36 and his "drive" is low. MUCH lower than mine. i am 34.. Also, when he is in the mood, the party only lasts, o lets say 1 min, if lucky...So i think he may have a medical issue, or could it be just stress related.. PS. the party has never been that long to begin with, but its gotten shorter.

    • ANSWER:
      Although everyone has a different level of sex drive, stress can definitely produce both the problems you've mentioned (decreased libido and premature ejaculation). There are a number of other medical problems which can be behind such symptoms, and a check up by a doctor is an excellent idea.

      Make sure that you and your husband are comfortable with the doc, and make sure that you feel the doc is comfortable dealing with these problems (some aren't, believe it or not!).

      Don't be surprised if the doctor wants to draw some blood after an exam. He might check thyroid function, blood sugar, and testosterone for example (or not, depending upon what he or she finds on the physical exam and while taking a history).

      I can't make a diagnosis via the 'net, of course, but there are a lot of meds out there that can help. Many of the anti-anxiety/anti-depression meds have as a side effect delayed ejaculation (which can be considered good or bad, depending upon the problem).

  21. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is 45 and cant get a erection.?
    He got cialis from the doctor and now its gets about 1/2 hard but not enough to have sex.
    He is in good health.. No high blood pressure etc.. What can be wrong with him?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with July. The suggestion that your boyfriend try a "hotter woman" was totally inappropriate and on behalf of the male half of the population, I apologize for that rule, crude, and socially unacceptable comment. I'm sorry you had to read that.

      No to answer your question, I'd like to amplify a bit on what July had to say. The first thing your boyfriend's doctor should have done would have been to check him for hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and other such disorders. All can affect a man's ability to get, and maintain an erection. It is also worth noting that a great many medications for other conditions can have impotence as a side effect, so this might be playing a part in the whole process. Did your boyfriend tell his doctor about ALL of the medications he's taking, including eye drops? If not, this may be the problem. Since the doctor put him on Cialis, I assume your boyfriend was checked for all of these ailments, but if the doctor didn't know about all of the medications he's taking, he or she was really shooting in the dark when it came to treating the impotence. Cialis is prescribed when there are blood flow problems in the groin and penis. (It is blood flowing into various chambers of the penis that results in an erection, and Cialis, along with Viagra, Levitra, and other drugs help increase blood flow).

      As July mentioned, another problem your boyfriend may be having is a low testosterone level, or Low-T. A lot of guys have this problem since testosterone levels begin to drop at about the age of 40. Some fellows actually go through a process called "Andropause". It is similar to menopause in women, only the guy's testosterone levels drop quicker, and farther than a woman's hormone levels do. A few simple blood tests can quickly and easily check for low testosterone levels. Among these tests are the following:

      1.) Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, with EGFR
      2.) C.B.C. with differential/PLT
      3.) VAP TM Cholesterol Test (10270X)
      4.) Selenium, Whole Blood (4875W)
      5.) Copper, serum
      6.) Zinc
      7.) Magnesium, Serum (622X)
      8.) C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Highly Sensitive (CSF) -- (17401X)
      9.) Fibrinogen
      10.) Homocysteine, Cardio
      11.) Lipoprotein (A) -- Lp (A)
      12.) Iron and Iron Binding Capacity (7573X) -- (356N)
      13.) Iron, Total (571X) -- (24984P)
      14.) Ferritin (457X) -- (22764P)
      15.) Transferrin (891X) -- (22764P)
      16.) Folate, R.B.C., and Hematocrit (1768N)
      17.) Hemoglobin A1c (496X) -- (45484P)
      18.) Hemoglobin, Plasma (514X) -- (7211P)
      19.) Vitamins A, E, B3, and B12
      20.) Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy, LC/MS/MS (17306X)
      21.) T3, Total (859X)
      22.) T4, Total (Thyroxine)
      23.) T3, Free
      24.) T4, Free
      25.) T3, Reverse (967X)
      26.) Ultrasensitive TSH
      27.) Thyroid Peroxidase and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (7260X)
      28.) Insulin, Serum
      29.) IGF Binding Protein-3
      30.) IGF-1
      31.) DHEA Sulfate (402X)
      32.) Aldosterone
      33.) Renin Activity, Plasma
      34.) ACTH, Plasma
      35.) Cortisol Binding Globulin (Transdortin) -- (37371X)
      36.) 8AM/4PM/10PM -- Cortisol, Free and Total, LC/MS/MS (37077X)
      37.) Prolactin (746X)
      38.) Progesterson, LC/MS/MS (17183X)
      39.) Pregnenolone, LC/MS/MS (31493X) -- (28373P)
      40.) Androstenedione, LC//MS/MS (17182X)
      41.) Estradiol (13 -- 54 pg/ml) -- (4021X)
      42.) Estrogens, Fractionated, LC/MS/MS (36742X)
      43.) Testosterone, Free, Bio/Total, LC/MS/MS (14966X)
      44.) Dihydrotestosterone
      45.) 3a-Androstanediol Glucuronide
      46.) Ceruloplasmin (326X)
      47.) Coenzyme Q10 (198268)
      48.) LH, FSH

      These are the kind of blood tests which a physician will usually order when low testosterone levels are suspected. Your boyfriend's doctor will need to decide which of these, if any, need to be done. If it winds up that Low-T is the problem, it can very easily be treated with hormone pills, daily hormone patches, or a hormone shot every three weeks or so. But the condition needs to be diagnosed before it can be treated. (By the way, the number shown above that end in "X" or "P" are the insurance code numbers for the tests shown. The doctor, or the medical lab that does the blood work might need these code numbers to bill the tests correctly). Hope something here helps.

  22. QUESTION:
    i suffer from premature ejaculation and my libido decline help me plz?

    • ANSWER:
      Typically this problem is due to cholesterol issues. 85% of the cholesterol in your body is made by the liver. Only 15% comes from what you eat. The sex hormones are made from cholesterol because they are steroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are also made from cholesterol.

      Low cholesterol diets can greatly affect the sex hormones. Additionally we have only changed 1% in our genetics in the last 12,000 years. The flight or fight mode the body is put in was a rarity in early man, so the adrenal glands were not called on often. Today, in the last 100 years, man has been overwhelmed with sugar and refined white flour. When man is put under stress to run or feeling fear, it is natural to burn lots of glucose and the body does this as a survival response. It also goes into this survival mode if sugar is eaten, the pancreas secrets insulin to oxidize the sugar and then the liver reprioritizes itself to go into survival mode and instead of working on the sex glands, it causes the adrenals to produce cortisol. Pregnenalone is a precursor to producing cortisol or sex hormones and thyroid hormones. In this stress situation, there is a pregnenalone steal that happens and everything is directed to produce adrenal hormones. It takes 24 to 29 hours to recharge the adrenals.

      Is it no wonder that Americans are flooding to the Viagra? Additionally, the statin drugs given to lower cholesterol cause sex hormone problems. Cholesterol is in the body to strengthen arterial walls. In many cases certain kinds of strokes are caused by "thin arterial walls" due to these statin drugs.

      Muscle control is the problem with premature issue. You need to be sure that you are getting enough electrolytes into your body. If you are drinking a lot of coffee, tea, sodas, etc., you are dehydrating your body and depleting the electrolytes.

      The real issue is the bad diets so called "food experts" are recommending. Just look at the statistics. In 1905, the CDC reported less than 5% of ALL Americans were chronically ill. In 2005, the CDC reported that over 53% of ALL Americans are chronically ill. The first incidence of reported cardio myfarction was in 1921! Today, 3 out of 4 Americans are dying of heart disease. What changed? The food industry has created monsters they call food that is garbage and contains 50% less nutrients than just 25 years ago. Is it no wonder our health care costs are out of control. There are cultures in the world where they do NOT have doctors in the village because they don't need them. No heart disease, no cancer, NO Cavities! And they don't use fluoride toothpaste either!

      Many products are now genetically engineered being sold in America with no labeling. This is a clever way of putting this garbage into our food supply with NO TRACABILITY! No way to prove it is causing allergies and disease. Thank you FDA.

      Circulation problems can cause a libido decline as well. There are natural herbs that you can take that will increase your circulation in your extremities without any side effects. Go to: www.healthline.cc (not .com) and order the following:

      Circuzyme --- Take 4 to 6 of these per day and you will be amazed at how much better your circulation is and your libido will increase. Stay completely away from TOFU. Tofu was designed to decrease the libido. It works. Monks are proof of this.

      I would also check your iodine level. Buy a bottle of "tincture of iodine" and smear a patch 2" x 3" on your forearm. You should be able to see it after 24 hours. If it goes away in a few hours, you are very deficient and your thyroid gland won't be able to produce the hormones it needs and this will greatly affect your libido.

      If you find you are deficient, order: Xeno Detox from the same company listed above. Take 4 in the a.m. and 4 in the p.m. This will take a few months to bring your iodine level up to where it should be. Avoid ALL fluoride products because this depletes your body of iodine.

      good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I stop hair loss?
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    I just turned 18 and i never noticed this. What can I do to stop my hair loss.. Help me please

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Hair loss is a common condition that affects a large number of men and women. While some amount of hair loss is natural and should not be a reason to worry; steps should be taken to cut down on hair loss when it becomes excessive. If not controlled in time, excessive hair fall in men can lead to partial or complete baldness. However, women rarely suffer from baldness. People suffering from baldness become stressed and develop a low self-esteem. They tend to look older than their age and feel nervous when meeting new people, especially those belonging to the opposite sex. According to experts, people should start taking effective measures as soon as they notice that their hair fall is become excessive. In men, the most common cause of this fall is male pattern baldness. This condition can easily be treated with the help of prescription medications such as Propecia finasteride.

      Symptoms
      According to experts, it is normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs a day because these hairs are easily replaced by new hair from the same follicle located just beneath the skin surface. However, if you notice excessive hair fall while combing or after shampoo, it may be a cause for concern. Some of the other noticeable symptoms of hair loss include:

      A general thinning of hair - Your hair may not be as thick as it used to be earlier
      A receding hairline - The scalp begins to thin out and it appears as though the top of the head has lost most of the hair
      A bald spot - Men may notice a circular area of baldness covering the crown or top-rear of the head.
      Progressing baldness - If hair loss is not checked, men may notice complete loss of hair except in the area around the back and sides of the head; typically, this is the most common indicator of male pattern baldness

      Causes
      It may occur because of various reasons. Listed below are some of the chief causes:
      Hereditary reasons
      Because of a deficiency of essential minerals like iron
      Excess stress
      Underactive thyroid
      Fungal scalp infections
      Side effects of some prescription drugs

      Types
      Male pattern hair loss - Medically known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern hair loss is the most common type of baldness in men. It mostly affects men in their 40s, however, these days men in their 20s are also getting affected. In this condition, hair is lost in a well-defined pattern. Your hair begins to thin at the temples and at the crown. If not treated in time, male pattern hair loss may progress to partial or complete baldness.
      Alopecia areata - People with alopecia areata suffer from coin-sized bald patches on the scalp or beard. In rare cases, sufferers may lose all their body hair also. The condition is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including genetic factors, immune and autoimmune system responses and emotional stress.
      Telogen effluvium - In this condition, people suffer from a general thinning of the hair. It occurs when hair follicles shift into the telogen (or resting) phase prematurely. Telogen effluvium can occur because of nutritional status, stress, medication, childbirth, febrile illness and surgical operation. In this condition, hair loss usually remits within 3-6 months after the cause is removed.

      When should YOU look for medical assistance?

      According to experts, treatment for should begin as early as possible. If you notice excessive hair loss off late, it is then time to consult your doctor. If your doctor confirms that you suffer from excessive hair loss and diagnoses the cause for the same, you should start taking the treatment immediately. By starting the treatment early, you can prevent yourself from partial or complete baldness.

      Know more about causes, symptoms at treatment for baldness at:
      http://www.get-young-again-now.com

      Good Luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    what the best medicine for atypical lymphocytes?and what is the main causes of this?and how to prevent?

    • ANSWER:
      What can cause atypical lymphocytes?
      Most common cause is disease called infectous mononucleuosis, other causes are rare and bad like maligenancy. SM MD Infections will cause elevated lymphocytes, and i believe some autoimmune or thyroid problems (graves disease) Read More »
      Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_can_cause_atypical_lymphocytes
      What causes both atypical lymphocytes and ovalocytes?
      Atypical lymphocytes - are caused by viral infections, may be noted in lymphocytic leukemia, and may be seen in allergies. Ovalocytes are typically seen in cases of low hemoglobin or red blood cells counts, ie anemia. Sometimes even a sligh... Read More »
      Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_causes_both_atypical_lymphocytes_a .

      Target therapy can address atypical lymphocytes both for prevention and cure.

      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins in Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Spleen, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      Dr.Vora designed it in such a way that the costs are the least for the survival/rescue of common man and the poor in villages, towns and metropolis on the globe; with NO insurance cover. It is most suitable to all the youngsters on this entire globe.
      U may study it, discuss with Ur family members/friends/acquaintances and slowly and steadily implement it for the best results.

      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keep mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.
      Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  25. QUESTION:
    What kind of sickness do I have?
    Since Monday, I've been having headaches that come and go, some even last for a few hours, and even when i get a good night's sleep, i end up falling asleep when i have nothing else to do in the day

    • ANSWER:
      I am herewith giving below an article about headache which I hope will be of help to you.

      1.- OVERVIEW OF HEADACHE

      - Headache is a term used to describe aching or pain that occurs in one or more areas of the head, face, mouth, or neck.
      - Headache can be chronic, recurrent, or occasional.
      - The pain can be mild or severe enough to disrupt daily activities.
      - Headache involves the network of nerve fibers in the tissues, muscles, and blood vessels located in the head and at the base of the skull.
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      2.- TYPES OF HEADACHES
      There are 2 types of headaches
      - primary
      - secondary

      A.- Primary Headache
      - accounts for about 90% of all headaches.
      - there are three types of primary headache: tension headache, cluster headache, and migraine.

      a.- Tension headache
      - is the most common type of primary headache.
      - episodes usually begin in middle age and are often associated with the stresses, anxiety, and depression that can develop during these years.

      b.- Cluster headaches
      - occur daily over a period of weeks, sometimes months.
      - they may disappear and then recur during the same season in the following year.

      B.- Secondary Headache
      is associated with an underlying condition such as
      - cerebrovascular disease,
      - head trauma, Severe, sudden, and debilitating secondary headache that develops after a blow to the head, that interferes with normal activity, or that accompanies other symptoms (e.g., convulsions, disorientation, dizziness, loss of consciousness, pain in the eye or ear, fever) should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.
      - infection,
      - tumor,
      - and metabolic disorder (e.g., diabetes, thyroid disease).
      - Head pain also can result from syndromes involving the eyes, ears, neck, teeth, or sinuses. In these cases, the underlying condition must be diagnosed and treated.
      - Also, certain types of medication produce headache as a side effect.
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      3.- PREVALENCE OF HEADACHE
      - Approximately 75% to 90% of all persons who complain of chronic or frequent headaches suffer from tension headache.
      - Tension headache is more prevalent among women than men.
      - Cluster headaches primarily affect men between the ages of 20 and 40.
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      4.- CAUSES OF HEADACHE

      a.- Tension Headaches
      are caused by
      - stress,
      - muscular tension,
      - vascular dilation,
      - postural changes,
      - protracted coughing or sneezing,
      - and fever.
      Physical and mental conditions that can lead to chronic muscular tension and headache include:
      - anxiety
      - arthritis in neck or spine
      - degenerative bone or disk disease in the neck or spine
      - depression
      - temporomandibular joint disorders

      b.- Cluster Headaches,
      There are several well-known triggers associated with cluster headache,
      - including drugs that dilate or constrict blood vessels and alcohol.
      - this suggests that changes in the walls of blood vessels in the head may be partly responsible.
      - some researchers believe that a low level of endorphins may cause frequent, severe, or chronic headache pain. Endorphins are painkilling compounds found in the brain.
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      5.- SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

      A.- Tension Headache

      - tension headache usually produces a dull, steady ache on both sides of the head.
      - the pain usually increases over a period of hours.
      - a small number of tension-headache patients report that, when at its worst, the pain develops a pulsating quality.
      - tension headache pain has been described as pressure or tightness around the head, as though a band were pulled tightly around it or as if it were clamped in a vise.
      - muscular tenderness in areas of the neck, the base of the skull, scalp, forehead, face, jaw, shoulders, or upper arms may be present in tension-headache sufferers.
      - the scalp and forehead may be painful to the touch.
      - some people may show signs of clenching their teeth.

      B.- Cluster Headache

      - a person experiencing cluster headache may have up to 8 attacks per day, each lasting about 15 to 45 minutes or longer.
      - attacks often come in the early morning hours and waken the patient from sleep.
      - the pain of cluster headaches usually is located around one eye and is almost always on one side of the head (unilateral).
      - there can be nasal stuffiness and tearing with the headache.
      - the pain is excruciating for most people and lying down often makes cluster headaches worse.
      - some people pace the floor and move about, unable to find relief.
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      6.- DIAGNOSIS OF HEADACHE

      Diagnosis of tension or cluster headache is based on symptoms and a thorough medical examination, including the following:
      - blood tests including thyroid, liver, and kidney function tests
      - eye examination
      - family history
      - medical history (including medications and characteristics of the headache)
      - neurological examination
      - sleep habits
      - imaging studies of the brain may be necessary to rule out any serious underlying medical problem, such as brain tumor, stroke, infection, and vascular malformation (e.g., aneurysm).
      - imaging studies that may be performed include:
      computed tomography (CT scan)
      or
      magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan)
      electroencephalogram (EEG)
      x-rays or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
      - laboratory and imaging tests can help rule out secondary causes of headache, such as the following:
      brain tumor
      cerebral aneurysm
      high blood pressure (hypertension)
      infection (e.g., meningitis, sinusitis, ear infection)
      temporal arteritis
      trigeminal neuralgia
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      7.- TREATMENT OF HEADACHE

      Headache treatment often depends on the type, the severity, and the frequency of occurrence.

      a.- Tension Headache
      - can, in many cases, be effectively treated using conservative measures, such as lifestyle modifications (e.g., improvements in diet and sleep patterns) and over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen).
      - occasional tension headache usually can be treated successfully with lifestyle adjustments and over-the-counter analgesics (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen).
      - when headaches are severe or frequent, care must be taken to avoid analgesic overuse, which can lead to rebound headaches.
      In rebound headache, high levels of the drug in the body actually cause daily headache. In most cases, rebound headaches improve when the medication is stopped.
      - tension headaches that resist treatment with over-the-counter agents may be treated with antidepressant or anxiety-reducing medications, such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline or desipramine.
      - some tension-headache patients report beneficial results from secondary treatments that help reduce the effects of stress and tension on the body, such as massage, meditation, and biofeedback. When appropriate, psychotherapy may help some patients learn to cope better with stresses that can lead to headache.

      b.- Cluster Headache and Migraine Headache
      may require prescription medications and preventative (prophylactic) treatment.
      - acute treatment medications are similar to those used for migraine and include:
      i.- Sumatriptan (Imitrex®)—
      ii.- DHE (Migranal®)—
      iii.- 100% oxygen—
      iv.- Narcotics (e.g., codeine)—
      v.-Prednisone
      vi.- Lithium carbonate Lithium
      vii.- Verapamil
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      Your falling asleep in the day time is called Hypersomnia. Here is an article on it which I hope will be of help to you.

      HYPERSOMNIA
      - is characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness or prolonged nighttime sleep.
      - People with hypersomnia are compelled to nap repeatedly during the day, often at inappropriate times, despite getting adequate sleep.

      CAUSES
      - Hypersomnia has many potential causes, including:
      a.- Sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea
      b.- Central autonomic nervous system dysfunction
      c.-Side effect of medication
      d.- Drug or alcohol abuse
      e.-Brain tumor
      f.-Head injury
      g.-Kleine-Levin syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes recurring periods of excessive sleeping, binge eating, irritability, disorientation and hypersensitivity to noise
      h.- In addition, certain medical conditions can contribute to hypersomnia, including
      - multiple sclerosis,
      - depression,
      - encephalitis
      - and epilepsy.
      - Sometimes the cause of hypersomnia can't be determined. Doctors refer to this as idiopathic hypersomnia.

      TREATMENT
      - depends on the underlying cause of hypersomnia.

      These are only guidelines. If you need more details and/or anything else, you can contact me at nidancal12@yahoo.co.in

  26. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroid?
    Im a guy and i had blood work done and my doc says i need synthroid.. What will it do for me? Do guys get low thyroid often? What are the side effects? thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      Underactive thyroid is more common in women than men, but its on the rise in both sexes. Because of the increased soy in our diets and fluroride in our water there are more and more cases all the time.

      The only side effect of synthroid may be hairloss, but often its just temp. If it continues then switching to a T4/T3 medication might help. On any thyroid med, you need to watch for signs of taking too much. This would include increased sweating, rapid heart beat, diarrhea, and weight loss.

      Remember to always test first thing in the morning while your metabolism is near its slow point. It will help to get you on the proper dose quicker.

  27. QUESTION:
    What Is Good For Hair Regrowth?
    I just want some options on whats good to have my hair grow back? Nothing expensive! Something that really does work! Please Help Me Out!!!
    Thank You in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      When it comes to hairy situations, many of us can live with a bad haircut or a little graying or the occasional day with our hair looks like a haystack. But the most frustrating problem for many people--men especially--is what's perceived to be the start of the downhill slide to death, or at least the impetus for wanting that Corvette: hair loss.

      While we tend to say that baldness comes from the mother's side, an individual's genes from both parents influence that person's predisposition to male or female-pattern baldness. Of course, hair loss is far more visible in men (80 percent of whom experience some degree of baldness), but nearly 40 percent of women lose substantial amounts of hair after menopause, as well (women tend to thin out all over, rather than develop the signature spots that men do), making it a major appearance issue for both genders.To learn how you lose hair, you first have to understand how it grows. Hair goes through its own growth cycle that's unrelated to seasons or hormones or anything else. It's a random biological process that's dictated largely by your genetic disposition. The two main phases:

      Anagen (active): Cells in the root are dividing quickly and pushing the hair out. It averages two to three years.

      Telogen (resting): This phase last for about 100 days on the scalp. Consider it hair hibernation- the follicle is completely at rest.

      Doctors don't know why certain hair follicles are programmed to have a shorter growth period than others. One suspected factor for age-related male-pattern baldness is a person's level of androgens- the "male" hormones that are actually produced by both men and women. For many years, people believed that a predominance of testosterone was the root cause of baldness, but it's not quite that simple. We don't know that we lose hair especially fast if it is exposed to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, which comes from metabolism of testosterone). It's believed that the exposure of follicles to levels of testosterone that are normal for adult males causes the hair follicles to go into a resting state. This DHT is formed in the testes, prostate, adrenals, and hair follicles themselves through an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. The enzyme raises the levels of DHT, and that's why there's a link between higher levels of this enzymes and areas of baldness. DHT changes healthy follicles to follicles that grow thin dwarf hairs- hairs that resemble peach fuzz. Essentially, DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive. Drug companies have targeted this process by making antibaldness medication that inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that makes DHT. (Some infrequent side effects of these meds include impotence, decreased libido, and breast enlargement).

      Now, age-related baldness isn't the only reason why clumps of hair start falling from the head like raindrops from the sky. Other causes, especially for women, include low iron levels and anemia (low blood count), recent anesthesia for surgery (it's the stress of the surgery and the pressure on one area of the head, not the anesthesia), menopause or being postpartum, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, thyroid disease, and polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS).

      Rapid hair loss is often a strong sign that you ought to have a battery of tests to evaluate your nutrition, health, and hormone levels. And that makes an important point: Hair loss isn't just an appearance issue; it can be a sign that something wacky is going on elsewhere in your body. Inflammation in the scalp, from an overdose of sun or from seborrheic dermatitis, can speed up hair loss. More often than not, it's a hormone issue- especially one involving your thyroid gland. In women especially, it's common to experience a decline in thyroid hormone (that's called hypothyroidism), where some of your bodily systems slow down. Scalp hair loss or facial hair growth is a sign that you should have your hormone levels checked. We recommend having your thyroid-stimulating hormone checked every other year if you're losing hair, or, for all others, once at age 20, then at age 35, and every other year after age 50 (TSH is the trigger from the brain that tells your thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone). If your level of thyroid hormone is low or if it's normal but you are experiencing thyroid-related symptoms, you can be (and usually need to be) treated with a synthetic (sometimes bioidentical) hormome. You'll need to be rechecked six weeks later to see if the supplemented does is enough. For a man, a decline in the need to shave signals a decrease in testosterone (for a woman, it's the same clue if she needs to shave her legs less often).

  28. QUESTION:
    Why have't i had a period in 4 months and i have pcos?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Jessica, Here are a few of the common side effects of PCOS. I hope this helps give you a few more answers that you where not aware of. Good luck and take care.

      PCOS Symptoms:

      Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight. Many women with PCOS gain weight around their abdomen, taking on an apple shape rather than a pear shape. Such weight gain is linked with imbalances of glucose and insulin in the body.

      Other women may not necessarily gain weight but find that, no matter how hard they try, they cannot lose any weight. Not every woman with PCOS will have problems with excess weight. In fact, up to half of women with PCOS are lean. Even lean women with PCOS may struggle with high insulin levels or insulin resistance, however.

      Absent or Irregular Periods (Amenorrhea or Oligomenorrhea). Nine or few menstrual cycles per year may be a sign of PCOS. Bleeding may be heavier than normal. These conditions are caused because the ovaries are not producing hormones that keep the menstrual cycle regular. Irregular or absent menses indicate that a woman is probably not ovulating.

      Infertility. The high levels of excess insulin seen with PCOS can stimulate the ovaries to produce large amounts of the male hormone (androgens), which can possibly prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, thus causing infertility. Because women with PCOS don't have regular menstrual cycles, many are unable to become pregnant. With help, however, many PCOS sufferers conceive.

      Excess Hair Growth (Hirsutism). This symptom causes excess hair, which can be difficult for many women. For most PCOS sufferers, hair in the mustache and beard areas becomes heavier and darker. Masculine-looking hair on the arms and leg is also possible, as well as hair on abdomen, chest or back, together with more growing in the pubic area. High levels of male hormones cause this condition.

      Thinning Hair. Just as heavier hair growth is possible, so is the type of hair thinning that many men experience. This is caused in women by higher levels of androgens.

      Acne. Pimples and oily skin can also bother women with PCOS. The acne is usually found around the face (especially along the jaw line), chest and back.

      Ovarian Cysts. The elevation in insulin levels contributes to the formation of cysts in the ovaries in part due to the hormonal imbalances and also because the ovaries are highly sensitive to the influence of insulin. These multiple, immature ovarian cysts, after which the condition was named, are associated with irregular menstruation and trouble conceiving.

      Polycystic ovaries are defined as 12 or more follicles in at least one ovary as seen by ultrasound. Follicles are small, fluid-filled sacs containing eggs. In PCOS, the follicles bunch together to form cysts. Note that not every woman with PCOS has polycystic ovaries.

      Fatigue. We hear from many women with PCOS who are tired all the time! Fatigue is a common symptom that may be related to PCOS in that insulin resistance can be one cause of reduced energy levels. Furthermore, many women with PCOS also have low thyroid function (hypothyroidism), a very common endocrine condition, which itself causes fatigue.

      Other Skin Problems. Skin tags - thick lumps of skin sometimes as large as raisins - can form as a result of PCOS. They are usually found in the armpits, at the bra line or neck and can easily be removed by a dermatologist. Darkening and thickening of the skin can also occur around the neck, groin, underarms or skin folds. This condition, called Acanthosis Nigricans, is a sign of Insulin Resistance, the underlying cause of PCOS. Other women with PCOS note an increase in dandruff.

      Mood Swings. Many women with PCOS may find themselves more anxious or depressed by their appearance or their inability to become pregnant. Mood swings can also be caused by hormone problems. Managing your PCOS symptoms may help to relieve depression.

      High cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia) and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension). Increased LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, is known as a marker for risk of heart attack and stroke. Women with PCOS must pay special attention to their cholesterol levels and also their blood pressure, as both of these markers of heart disease are more prevalent in this community.

      Sleep Apnea. Women with PCOS have a high risk for sleep apnea. This may be due to the increased BMI (Body Mass Index) in about half of women with PCOS. Another possible reason for the increased prevalence of sleep apnea in people with PCOS is the effects of testosterone on blood vessels.

  29. QUESTION:
    how to understand your test results ?
    hi i have 10.8 blood count can anyone tell me more about low blood level count. ,,and know what it means

    • ANSWER:
      I can only assume you mean your haemoglobin is 10.8
      Normal range for hemoglobin is different between the sexes and is approximately 13 to 18 grams per deciliter for men and 12 to 16 for women (international units 8.1 to 11.2 millimoles/liter for men, 7.4 to 9.9 for women).
      Yours looks ok, why haven't you questioned your doctor? Far more reliable than us guessing what you mean - I have answered taking it you mean haemoglobin.
      A low hemoglobin count indicates a low red blood cell count (anemia). Anemia can have many causes, including:
      * Vitamin and iron deficiencies
      * Acute or chronic bleeding
      * Hormone deficiencies, such as thyroid hormone or testosterone
      * Chronic diseases, such as kidney failure, cancer and Crohn's disease
      * Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus
      * Side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs
      Treatment of anaemia depends on its underlying cause. You may need to improve your diet or your doctor may recommend that you take supplements of iron, folic acid or vitamin B12. If you are severely anaemic due to a serious underlying condition, you may need a blood transfusion. Or, if you have a condition such as chronic kidney disease, you may need to have injections of the hormone EPO.

  30. QUESTION:
    Kind of like premature ejaculation?
    I've got a friend who is upset about the short amount of time it takes for him to ejaculate. It's around 2 minutes. He says it isn't like premature ejaculation because he knows it is happening. He feels the build up of the orgasm. Premature ejaculators do not. So what can he do? Any advice on what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no unambiguous answer why this happens. There are several reasons of premature ejaculation:

      1. psychological factors (depression, stress, feeling of guilt, low self-rating, excessive nervousness owing to sex)
      2. diseases (problems with thyroid gland, prostate infective diseases, changing of level of particular hormones and substances produced by brain).

      Premature ejaculation of young people is connected with inexperience (they do not know yet their body very well). Some men have premature ejaculation as a result of erectile dysfunction.

      The main method of treatment is psychological, sexual, pharmacological therapy. In some cases helps the only one way of treatment, in other cases it necessary to use them in complex.

      Psychological therapy.

      Speaking with psychologist often can be very useful. Patient can come to consult the doctor along with his partner. Specialist will help to release stress and to improve quality of sexual life.

      Sexual therapy.

      There are some exercises that help to learn to delay ejaculation, that can be done alone or with the partner.

      1.

      Compression method. Partner stimulates your penis with her hand until his erection. When she feels that ejaculation is coming she compresses penis head for several seconds. Erection is coming down partially. In 30 seconds partner stimulates penis again. It should be repeated several times and finally ends with ejaculation.
      2.

      Interrupter method. Partner stimulates penis until ejaculation. At this moment she stops stimulation and waits until the man cools down. Then again she starts to eat penis with her hands. It repeats until ejaculation.

      Pharmacological therapy.

      1.

      Antidepressants. Drug side effect of some medicines belonging to that group (paroxetine, flouxetine) is orgasm delay. That is why they can be used on doctor’s orders to treat premature ejaculation. If those medicines do not help then doctor prescribes another type of antidepressant called clomipramine.
      2.

      Creams containing local anesthetic (for example, lidocaine) are used for many years to treat premature ejaculation. Cream application on head of penis opiates sensation and delays ejaculation. Before sex cream should be washed off to avoid its contact with woman’s genital organs.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is Horny Goat Weed?
    I saw some of this in a gas station bathroom vending machine today and I was wondering what, if any, benefits does it have? Mainly what does it do? Are there any side effects to it? I do know from some Googling that there's some sort of Chinese herb associated with it. My instinct of course says don't take anything you can buy for 75 cents in a gas station bathroom (though I still got a pack just cause). I'm not on any medication and don't have any health issues.

    • ANSWER:
      Horny goat weed is an herb that has been a traditional remedy in China for centuries. It’s used for low libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, pain, and other conditions.

      Why do people take horny goat weed?

      Some men take horny goat weed in the belief that it’s a natural alternative to drugs for erectile dysfunction (ED). Although still preliminary, there’s new evidence to support the idea. A 2008 lab study found that a compound in the herb blocks the effects of an enzyme that restricts blood flow to the penis. Epimedium, the suspected active component of horny goat weed, appears to act as a phosphodiesterase inhibitor, similar to some drugs used for ED. What’s more, the study indicated that horny goat weed could theoretically work better -- and cause fewer side effects -- than current drugs for erectile dysfunction.

      Although the study is promising, it’s based only on experiments in a laboratory. It’s too early to tell if horny goat weed will prove an effective and safe treatment in people.

      Horny goat weed has also been studied as a treatment for other conditions, like osteoporosis and hardening of the arteries. The results have been unclear.

      How much horny goat weed should you take?

      Horny goat weed is an unproven treatment. There is no established dose. Some studies have used between 6 grams and 15 grams a day.

      Can you get horny goat weed naturally from foods?

      There are no natural food sources of horny goat weed.

      What are the risks of taking horny goat weed?

      Side effects. Most people seem to tolerate short-term use of horny goat weed fairly well, at least at the doses studied. It may cause upset stomach and dry mouth. In some, horny goat weed may result in irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, nosebleeds, and mood changes. High doses have been linked to spasms and respiratory failure.
      Risks. Horny goat weed may not be safe in high doses or as a long-term treatment. People who have health conditions – such as immune disorders, heart or lung problems, low blood pressure, bipolar disorder, or thyroid problems -- should not use horny goat weed without their doctors’ approval.
      Interactions. If you take any medicines or supplements regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using horny goat weed. It could interact with drugs like blood thinners, aspirin, birth control pills, antidepressants, treatments for immune disorders and thyroid problems, and medicines that lower blood pressure or cholesterol. Using horny goat weed with nitroglycerin can be extremely dangerous. Similar to its use with pharmaceutical erectile dysfunction medicines, mixing nitroglycerin with horny goat weed can even be fatal due to the potential for severe drops in blood pressure.
      Given the possible risks, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children should not take horny goat weed.
      So, I would not experiment with this without doctors approval and/or knowledge! Be Safe!

  32. QUESTION:
    What helps speed up your metabolism?

    • ANSWER:
      The Brain is the first step, but it is not medically well understood. The brain is very powerful in many ways not well studied in this respect. Metabolism starts with the brain sending subtle signals to the Hypothalamus gland that in turn sends a hormone TRH to the Pituitary Gland. The Pituitary sends the TSH hormone to the Thyroid to produce T3 and T4 hormones. The Thyroid makes these hormones in the ratio of about 80% T4 and 20% T3. The T3 hormones have about 4 times the power of the T4 hormones.

      The Thyroid hormones cannot be made if the body is deficient in Iodine or Tyrosine amino acids. These substances are what make up the T3 and T4 hormones.

      If you get lots of Fluoride into your body, you will be deficient in Iodine. Fluoridating water and having people drink that garbage tap water is very destructive to people because it depletes the body of this necessary iodine. Brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, drinking sodas (they all contain lots of fluoride), fluoride treatments at the dentist's office all contribute to this problem.

      Most fluoride used in water systems is toxic waste byproduct from fertilizer production. Newborn babies up to about 6 months should never drink fluoridated water. It has been traced back to SID's (Sudden Infants Death Syndrome), etc.

      Eating lots of SOY products that are NOT fermented, contain lots of goitrogens that directly affect the thyroid function. In fact, drug companies put severe warnings on drugs like syntrhoid designed to speed up the thyroid to NOT EAT SOY when taking that drug because it counters the effects of the drug!

      If you will notice, most foods, like Cheeses from the Kraft company contain lots of soy fillers. This makes it cheaper to make and Pizza companies use this in their cheeses to be able to make the Pizzas cheaper.

      Soy milk is one of the worst. It not only contains huge amounts of goitrogens, but phytoestrogens that make men more female like by causing a reduction in progesterone from the excess phytoestrogens. If you eat Tofu, this will greatly decrease your libido as it was originally designed to do for monks. It works. As an aside, soy milk is colored white with White Paint. It uses Titanium Dioxide to mask the disgusting brown color to make it look more milk like. Go to the art store and ask for White Oil Paint and see what they give you. Titanium Dioxide!

      The food industry is not on your side on this metabolism issue. If you shop in Mausoleums where dead food is stored, you will walk down the death row aisles and see shelf after shelf of garbage that contains huge amounts of soy. Look on the package labels. You will see SOY lecithin that is the scrapings off the bottom of soy processing tanks they use to emulsify oils. This is so the hydrogenated oils will mix with water soluble garbage in the mix. ALL JUNK.

      Do you actually believe all this is done to make you healthy?

      Do a simple test for iodine deficiency. Get a small bottle of "tincture of iodine" from the Legal Drug Pusher Store and smear a patch about 2" x 3" on your forearm. Note the time of day. That patch should be visible after 24 hours. If it goes away in a few hours, you are VERY deficient in iodine. This should be a wake up call for you. Without iodine in your system you are heading for many problems. Thank you doctor.

      By eating a LOW fat, High Carb diet, you will also be greatly affecting your blood sugar and be generating a "sustained energy" problem. You need to eat fats. Get the book, "Life Without Bread" by Christian Allan, Ph.D. to understand how you can help your metabolism.

      If you are deficient in fats, put your Adrenal Glands under stress from drinking lots of sodas, coffee, tea, etc. your liver will reprioritize it's functions and not produce the steroid hormones necessary for good sex or thyroid functions.

      good luck to you

  33. QUESTION:
    Massive hair loss/shedding age 16 help?
    I'm a 16 year old girl and over the past 2 or 3 months, I've been experiencing losing several strands of hair by just running my fingers through my hair, and a lot of breakage when just gently brushing it.

    I've gotten a blood test done to see if I was low on any nutrients or have anything wrong with my thyroid, but the test showed I was fine.

    Here's some info that would be useful to someone willing to help me with advice:

    Been on same birth control for 4 years, no drastic hormonal changes.

    -I eat very healthy and go to the gym almost everyday, I love exercising and staying fit.
    -Not under and more stress than I usually am, overall a happy girl.
    -haven't switched shampoos (used tresemme and herbal essences when hair loss started occurring, but I've used those in the past)
    -used to dye hair a lot, but stopped 2 years ago. Since then I have used a semi-permanent all natural hair stain I get from an organic food store, but like I said I've been using that for the past 2 years, but I haven't done anything to my hair since July.
    -haven't gotten hair cut since summer.
    -I use a lot of moisturizing remedies but my hair is still dry and damaged.

    I know this is a lot to read but I'm desperate, I already had thin hair as it was and its getting terrible, I've even gotten asked if I've gotten my hair thinned. Please any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.

      HEAT & CHEMICALS are hair's worst enemies. You've got any of those on your hair?
      Supplements, medications, anti-acne products, hair oil, birth control pills, pollution in the water, to name just a few . . . ALL HAVE SIDE EFFECTS. Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12. Four men are charged in federal court for selling home-brewed hair growth drugs online. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54991911-78/ahn-growth-hair-kim.html.csp
      Any reactions to a drug - like Vitamin B complex which is a supplement - 'side effect' is a negative reaction to a drug - this is your body telling you that what you just gave it is toxic to it, and instead of helping you, it is actually hurting you.  It is your body's way of telling you to stop.  All drugs have side effects, and are toxic...even lethal...to some people at some dosage.  Another term for toxic is poisonous.  We owe it to ourselves to try less toxic treatments first.  Especially since too many drugs merely cover up symptoms rather than treat the underlying cause of the symptom in the first place.
      Source: Health Magazine, FDA, Slate dot com

      "You find people oiling hair every single day, the hair sweats and it doesn’t get washed. What do you think happens? It goes limp and becomes thin because it is not breathing,” Shamillah Mohammed, a hairstylist at SUQA, says.

      Man-made products & supplements can do more harm than good.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, HAIR LOSS, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11. Pills like medications ALL have side effects. Beware. Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12.

      When hair starts to fall out MORE, there are no hair products or treatment, that are made of glue to fix, prevent, reverse hair from getting damaged or hair falls. It is a trillion dollar business, and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair falls.

      Eliminate the 'causes' and your hair will improve.

      What should you do if you think that you may have hair loss? First, call your dermatologist today! If you don't have one, visit the "Find a Doctor" portion of the website of the American Academy of Dermatology. Secondly, when you visit your dermatologist, have a list of your medications, allergies, medical conditions and your hair care practices (for example: relaxers for 20 years, hot combs for 10 years, no weaves, braids with extensions for two years and natural styles for the last 5 years). Do not be afraid if your doctor suggests blood test, a scalp biopsy or culture. These procedures are recommended so that the doctor can determine the type of hair loss that you have and treatment can be started. ~Susan C. Taylor, MD

      Sources:
      Google FDA.gov & search for Hair Dye & Relaxers.
      Google: Hair Dye FAQ's Are Hair Dyes Safe?

  34. QUESTION:
    Feeling faint a lot - could this be in my head?
    For the last three weeks, every time I rise from a prone or semi-prone position, I get light-headed, dizzy, and slightly out of breath (sometimes my heart rate speeds and my vision goes fuzzy too) what I describe as "feeling faint." It even happens when I do something as simple as bending at the knees to retrieve something from a lower cabinet and then standing up again. I have never actually blacked out, however.

    I called my doctor ten days ago and he didn't seem overly concerned. He said it was probably "functional," meaning having no physiological cause or "it's in my head." This man has been my physician for 12 years, and because he knows I have long been treated for depression, this tends to be his go-to response whenever I see him about something. This is frustrating, especially when it delays the diagnosis of a physical ailment. (And this has happened. A thyroid condition ultimately cured by surgery went uncovered by him for over a year because he insisted the problem was my depression. In his defense, the symptoms of these two conditions can be similar.)

    My view is that, because I have dealt with depression for so long, I've gotten pretty good at recognizing when something about my mental state isn't right. And that is not the case now ... my depression symptoms are very much under control. Also, my medication has not been changed in more than two years, so it's not a side effect.

    That said, I have no issue with it being related to my depression if that's the case (there's no shame in that for me); I just want to fix this problem. But I really do not believe this is related to my depression.

    To get another opinion, I talked to my psychiatrist about it and, to my surprise, he AGREES with my physician that it's functional, but says it's not because of depression, but rather anxiety. He says feeling faint is a symptom. That may be true, but I don't feel anxious nor am I under any unusual amount of stress. It's hard for me to believe that I could be experiencing anxiety severe enough to cause these consistent, striking physical symptoms without being aware of it. I have only seen this particular doctor three times (after my long time psychiatrist retired) so he does not know me or my case well at this point.

    I called my my doctor (the internist, or GP) again today to let him know these episodes have continued since the last time we talked, and - though he agreed to do some tests - he sounded kind of irritated and I hung up feeling like some sort of hypochondriac or a mental-case in denial. :)

    So, I'm wondering if anyone out there has experienced symptoms like this and they did in fact end up being related to depression and/or anxiety, and also other possible medical explanations for what's going on.

    I am 39, thin (5'9, 111 lbs) and in good shape so it's not something related to general poor health (like obesity, substance abuse, or lack of physical conditioning). I could not be pregnant, have no other medical conditions, and the lobe of my thyroid that remains is working properly. The only other info I have is this: A friend suggested low blood pressure might be the culprit, and she has a machine at home . We've measured mine a few times, and it's around 85/60. The diastolic number is normal and the systolic just a tiny bit under normal - nowhere near what is supposed to cause a faint feeling.

    Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    low haemoglobin levels?
    recently, i have low haemoglobin levels(8.5)... low retic count...can anyone please tell me the cause????

    • ANSWER:
      Hemoglobin is the iron-rich protein in red blood cells that gives blood its red color. The normal hemoglobin range is approximately 14 to 17 grams per deciliter for men and 12 to 16 grams per deciliter for women. A low hemoglobin count indicates a low red blood cell count (anemia).
      Anemia can have many causes, including:
      * Vitamin & Iron Deficiencies
      * Acute or Chronic bleeding
      * Hormone deficiencies, such as thyroid hormone or testosterone
      * Chronic diseases, such as kidney failure, canser and Crohn's disease.
      * Autommune diseases, such as lungs
      * side effects of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs.

      Treatment will depends on its causes.

  36. QUESTION:
    Get answers from millions of real people.?
    I do not produce testosterone at all. When my level drops to less than about 70ng/dl I have found that I become very disoriented in time and place. I also tend to sleep through complete days. I become very depressed. SSRIs do not help. I also have prostate issues and have been told not to use HRT. By the time bloodwork comes back it is so behind the curve as to be next to useless.

    On more than one occaission Primary care and GPs have told me that low testosterone doesn't matter. An endocrinologist once told me this also. They say it with such confidence. I went without any injections for a period of time last year. I came to in a hospital. I thought I was in England, I was in the U.S. also I thought it was 1987. I had started turning up for work at 2.00am. This confusion comes on very slowly and is hard to catch. The other symtom I have now found is that I break out in a rsh on my face. Also though less life threatening is that I have noticed gender ID doubts.

    I find it difficult to get straight answers. I am at the end of my tether as it seems impossible to live a useful life in the absence of balancing my hormones and thyroid. People do not understand how disruptive this is.

    My question is, "How do you survive with no testosterone. Is taking oestrogen similar a viable recourse. Would I start to feel like myself again. What side effects. Would I be worse off. Should I give up the unequal struggle?"

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely need to keep looking for a doctor who understands. I have had similar experiences with doctors, I know how frustrating it is.

      Confusion and depression are COMMON side effects of low testosterone. The prostate connection is very controversial. Men develop prostate problems later in life when their hormones are LOW, not when they are high.

      I would suggest trying a naturopath who specializes in hormone balancing or anti aging. Also look for a general practitioner who does gerontology on the side. Working with old people can give them more experience with testosterone. Whatever you do, keep looking. Have you tried urologists? It's amazing you could have those symptoms and they would blow you off.

      Endocrinologists have a really bad reputation for only treating people after they reach the final stages of endocrine problems - that one is no surprise.

      DH sees a urologist who also runs a research clinic, that seems to give her a better prespective.

      There are so many ways to get testosterone - creams, gels, shots. My DH has tried them all. The shots were easy to do and cheap. There is no excuse for a doc not giving you this stuff. This makes me so angry.

      Don't give up. You are right and deserve treatment. Doctors aren't Gods. There education in this and other areas is sadly lacking.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is Male Vitality?
    What is it? What does it do? Does anyone know? Is it good or bad?? Should i use it?

    I dnt knw why but i have a bottle of that they are like blue pills. I thought it was viagra lol. But wat is it tho?

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone therapy: Key to male vitality?
      Considering testosterone therapy to help you feel younger and more vigorous as you age? Know the risks before you make your decision.

      By Mayo Clinic staff
      The possibilities of testosterone therapy are enticing — increase your muscle mass, sharpen your memory and concentration, boost your libido, and improve your energy level. As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula. Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone aren't as clear as they may seem. Find out what's known — and not known — about testosterone therapy for normal aging.

      What is testosterone?

      The influence of testosterone
      Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain men's:

      Bone density
      Fat distribution
      Muscle strength and mass
      Red blood cell production
      Sex drive
      Sperm production

      Hypogonadism is a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in these men. Doctors may prescribe testosterone as injections, pellets, patches or gels.

      What happens to testosterone levels with age?

      Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 percent a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism).

      Does a naturally declining testosterone level cause the signs and symptoms of aging?

      Not necessarily. Men can experience many signs and symptoms as they age, and some may occur as a result of lower testosterone levels and can include:

      Changes in sexual function. This may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections — such as during sleep — and infertility.

      Changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes low testosterone causes insomnia or other sleep disturbances.

      Physical changes. Various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia) and hair loss are possible. You may experience hot flashes and have less energy than you used to.
      Emotional changes. Low testosterone may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.

      It's important to note that some of these signs and symptoms are a normal part of aging. Others can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, thyroid problems, depression and excessive alcohol use. A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level.

  38. QUESTION:
    do you think i should push for treatment based on my symptoms, hypothyroidism, details inside?
    ok so ive been feeling down recently, not emotionally, im a rock upstairs, but physically run down

    in the last year ive put on a huge amount of weight, and i know i dont exercise enough and i eat a little too much (or used to) but the last time i lost weight i was eating maybe 500 calories a day and my job involved 6 hours a night of essentially cardio workouts and even then i didnt lose much.

    i decided to go to the doctor because i had tried dieting and exercise again to no avail so i went to see what help i could get. she took a history to which i provided to following symptoms (some answers were prompted by her, they are all true, but some i dont notice without thinking on it)

    sensetivity to cold (im used to working in a kitchen, followed by long stints in the walk in freezer) now i get shivery if the wind blows

    weight gain as discussed above

    low energy

    lack of desire to eat, infact if i dont eat breakfast, i can go about 2 days without any food before feeling hungry (my blood sugar is normal, as is my cholesterol)

    low sex drive (my testosterone came out as low, havent had it rechecked yet, but ive gone from having or desiring sex at least once a day to not really wanting sex at all... im 22 and ive gone off sex!!!) its not a performance issue btw it still works fine, i just have no desire for it.

    inability to sleep, and then when i do sleep, i find it incredibly difficult to wake up again.

    muscle weakness, now i know im overweight and out of shape, but i get cramp going up stairs, my hands cramp opening a tin of beans, ive lost no muscle mass but i cant lift or carry the same amounts anymore and i tire very easily.

    now my TSH level was 4.6 which if you dont know is .4 below the "treatment" stage (tsh is the indicator to how much of a kicking your thyroid needs to start working, the higher the number, the more effort it takes to get it to turn on)

    my t4 level was "normal" so she said, but she would have to watch my tsh to see if anything develops

    now considering that since the last blood test on record had a normalish tsh and the huge weight gain (im talking 100lbs in 12 months with no considerable change in diet/lifestyle) that to me shouts "hypothyroidism" but she suggested that the low testosterone may be to blame.

    now im no doctor, but my testosterone was 9 point something, and 10 is normal whereas my tsh is 4.6 gone up alot in the last year, blood relatives with thyroid conditions, and all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, surely that seems a more likely diagnosis? anyway if ive gained weight of course my testosterone will be low, thats why fat people have low fertility... i weight 24 stones at 6 foot tall! i actually make scales say error or the dial do a complete circle (dont laugh lol, ok ill let you laugh) of course there will be other problems, but surely treating for the symptoms is a good idea i mean, its either gonna work, or its not, right? i mean thats diagnostics at its simplest, surely starting at a low 50mg of thyroxine wouldnt cause any harmful side effects? if the symptoms show signs of improvement then increase the dose as necessary, if no improvement in symptoms or the TSH then sure, keep looking...

    am i right in demanding treatment based on the symptoms and the evidence provided above? i cant survive like this much longer im too damn fat, too damn tired, and if i dont get my sex drive back, my relationship with my fiancee is going to take a hit... shes hornier than a dog in heat!

    i await your responses,
    a valid point about the "fat" dieting

    i got a little fat, so i exercised, my job took up my whole life so i didnt get time to eat (never been one to remember to eat... go figure! a fat guy who doesnt get hungry!)

    i have tried eating balanced meals at regular intervals to no avail.

    and fyi, i dont like processed foods, i really love vegetables and as a chef i regularly cook proper food, and when im too busy my fiancee or parents make sure i eat right (cause they know what im like)

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly no one can, or indeed should, demand any treatment that their physician does not feel appropriate. To make a confirmed diagnosis of hypothyroidism requires 3 criteria in most cases, a raised TSH, a low T4 and a positive thyroid antibody. Though of course it does occur in men, it is also much more common in women. It is also the case that in most patients these days who do get a hypothyroid diagnosis, even when levothyroxine is given it makes no difference to the patients weight, as this is usually unrelated to the thyroid disease.

  39. QUESTION:
    Have Anyone USED PHENTERMINE WEIGHT LOSS Pill?
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW ANY COMMENT OF YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE USING THIS PRODUCT..LIKE: HOW MUCH WEIGHT LOSS IN HOW MANY DAYS ?..ETC THANKS A LOT!

    • ANSWER:
      http://site4me.biz/search2/search.php?q=buy%20phentermine

      PHENTERMINE - a patient's guide
      Editorial Team

      DRUG NAME: Phentermine

      USE: Anti-obesity, weight loss/control

      Phentermine is a centrally-acting appetite suppressant that is used as a weight control medication. It is indicated for the management of obesity.

      Phentermine works by blocking the nerve cells that release and reabsorb serotonin, thus increasing serotonin levels. The increased serotonin acts in the brain and enhances feelings of fullness so that you eat less. By eating less, you consequently lose weight.

      This medicine can help you reduce weight or maintain a lower weight by suppressing your appetite.

      Cautions:

      Do not use if:

      You have heart problems (eg. coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrythmias)

      You have uncontrolled high blood pressure

      You have had a stroke

      You have an overactive thyroid

      You have a psychiatric disorder

      Severely decreased kidney function

      Severely decreased liver function

      Caution is also advised if you have epilepsy or sleep apnoea.

      Pregnancy and breastfeeding (discuss with doctor).

      Side effects:

      Insomnia, constipation, dry mouth, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure.

      Phentermine has been associated with valvular heart disease and the rare but serious risk of pulmonary hypertension.

      Interactions:

      Contraindicated if taking monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs).

      Some antifungals and some antibiotics may increase blood levels (eg.ketoconazole, erythromycin, cylclosporin).

      Some antiepileptic drugs make Phentermine less effective by reducing blood levels (eg. phenobarbitone, phenytoin, carbamazepine).

      Should not be used at the same time as other medicines that increase serotonin levels in the brain (eg. sumatriptan, some opiod pain killers).

      Patient information:

      Follow instructions carefully on the label of this medicine.

      Weight loss is gradual.

      Further information on Phentermine can be obtained from your doctor or pharmacist.

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  40. QUESTION:
    My hub is so down , please help!?
    He has all the reasons to be depressed though. He made a big step to quit his job about 6months ago to start his own business. The bizz is going bad now, and he lost all his money. It's all complicated but he is SO down on himself. He wont eat or sleep and is overly stressed. Anybody who can relate, please some advise for my man, some meds maybe? He refuses to go to the doctor. thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      My standard answer follows: See depression treatments, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris in section 2, and consult a doctor, to eliminate thyroid problems, etc. as possible contributing factors. It is your decision, and yours alone, as to whether to take any antidepressants offered, but, before you do, read section 1, and check medications out at www.drugs.com so you will be on the lookout for side effects, like sexual dysfunction. My strong recommendation, however, is to follow the advice of my doctor, his partner, and also Dr. Mercola, at http://www.mercola.com and avoid antidepressants. All of their advice, (except prayer, because many people are not religious) I have incorporated into the "core treatments", including others as options, such as herbal remedies (none of which have been conclusively demonstrated to work with severe depression). If you are diagnosed with clinical (major) depression, antidepressants may be necessary for a while, which will give the treatments time to become effective. The antidepressants themselves need days, or even a few weeks to reach full effectiveness. It's a good idea to taper off them slowly, with medical advice, after several weeks, to several months, because they are only effective in the long term for about 30% of people. I'd just thank the doctor, and pocket the prescription, trying the treatments for several weeks, to see if they are sufficient for you, before considering filling it. Stress is addressed on page 42. Antidepressants are available by mail order at http://www.low-cost-rx.com Call (if in USA): +1 (877) 355-2052 Use the WebFerret search engine, or your own: "online pharmacies" : some have their own doctors prescribing, but it would be quicker to read about the symptoms, in section 2, and see a doctor, complaining of those symptoms, get the antidepressants, and give them to him ( from WalMart, most states, or try Target pharmaceuticals). I suppose you could enlist friends, family, and anyone he would listen to, to get him to go to the doctor. All I got!

  41. QUESTION:
    Is phenylalanine bad for you. It is used in diet products.?

    • ANSWER:
      Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid since other amino acids are formed from it in the body. Along with tyrosine, it provides raw material from which the body makes the hormones adrenaline and thyroxine. The body can also convert phenylalanine to tyrosine but not vice versa.

      Phenylalanine comes in two forms, L-phenylalanine (LPA) and D-phenyalanine (DPA), which are mirror images of each other. LPA has the nutritional value, while DPA has painkilling and depression-alleviating properties. A third form, DL-phenylalanine (DLPA) is both nutritional and therapeutic.

      Recommended Daily Allowance - Phenylalanine
      Men 16 mg
      Women 16 mg
      Children 22 mg
      Infants 132 mg

      Phenylalanine Benefits - Functions in the Body
      Phenylalanine is effective for weight control because of its effect on thyroid secretion. It also plays an important role in the control of appetite. If taken before meals, it suppresses the appetite substantially. This amino acid is also essential for the efficient functioning of the kidneys and the bladder.

      Phenylalanine has many therapeutic uses. It is considered beneficial in the treatment of obesity and is being successfully employed as an appetite suppressant for this condition. It has been demonstrated that in the intestinal tract, the amino acids tryptophan and phenylalanine trigger the release of cholycystokinin (CCK) which induces satiety, and a termination of eating.

      An intake of half a teaspoon of phenylalanine powder 30 minutes before each meal, can lead to a loss of as much as 100 to 200 g of weight a day.

      Studies have shown that DLPA can alleviate the pains of chronic conditions such as arthritis, lower back pain and headaches by protecting endorphins - the natural pain- blocking hormones secreted by the nerve cells. You may buy phenylalanine here.

      The other positive effects noticed after 24-48 hours of taking phenylalanine are a feeling of greater alertness, an increase in sexual interest, and memory enhancement. It diminishes depressant feelings, if any. The depressant states are generally relieved within a few days by taking 100 mg-500 mg of 1-phenylalanine per day.

      Phenylalanine Food Sources
      Phenylalanine is found in abundance in curd, milk, cottage cheese, pulses and legumes, poultry, piyal seeds, groundnuts, pistachio nuts, almonds, leafy vegetables, and whole grains.

      Phenylalanine Deficiency Symptoms
      Deficiency of phenylalanine can lead to a variety of symptoms including bloodshot eyes, cataract, and several behavioural changes, such as psychotic and schizophrenic behaviour.

      Phenylalanine Side Effects - Phenylalanine Dangers
      Excessive dosage of phenylalanine can cause irritability, insomnia and high blood pressure. Caution should be observed in the use of phenylalanine in hypertensive individuals. Phenylalanine should not be taken by those who are taking drugs such as Aldomet for high blood pressure.

  42. QUESTION:
    Losing my hair because of testosterone. Advice please?
    Hi there

    I'm an FtM (female to male) transsexual and I've been taking testosterone shots for about 4 and a half years, now... maybe closer to 5. Within about the past year I've noticed that the hair on the crown of my head and across the top of my head has started thinning, so a couple of months ago I went to my doctor. He sent me for blood tests to check for all sorts of things, like liver dysfunction, thyroid problems, diabetes, anaemia and hormone levels. The tests came back and they were all fine. He said it seems I am just experiencing male pattern baldness due to the testosterone.

    Now, he did say the hormone levels were *slightly* high, but only by about 3 points... not enough to justify lowering my dosage, anyway.

    The thing is, I'm 23 and while it might sound a bit shallow, my hair is *important* to me. I really, really don't want to lose it. I've started getting stressed about going out and I'm paranoid that people are looking at my head whenever I hang out with friends and I don't want my life to become that.

    My question is, would coming OFF the hormones completely make the hair re-grow? I know I would have to face getting my period again and the fat redistribution to thighs and hips, but I'd be willing to do that if it meant the hair would re-grow. I'm also curious as to whether there would be any other potentially harmful side effects of coming off the testosterone? If not, then it's certainly an option I am giving great consideration to.

    Thanks for any help.

    Deej

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, coming off hormones would probably make your hair regrow, and subsequently you would start to shift physically back towards a female shaped body. Your voice and beard would remain unchanged.

      I'm astonished that your doctor didn't put you on 1 mg daily of Propecia (Finasteride.)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finasteride

      This will more than likely stop your hair loss - and probably grow a little back. It works in about 80% of men. It blocks the conversion of Testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible for male pattern baldness. There are a couple of minor drawbacks.

      1) It's expensive. In the U.S. there is currently no generic available. In other countries, finesteride is marketed under the generic name Finpecia, and it is available from certain online pharmacies (be aware that generics which are not FDA approved are often manufactured to lower quality standards.) Another way to save money is to convince your doctor to prescribe your Proscar, which is 5mg of finesteride, and then cut it into fours.

      2) You must continue taking it for as long as you want to keep your hair. If you stop, the hair you've maintained, and any regrowth, will fall out. The good news is that a number of stem-cell based baldness cures are in the works, and should be out sometime within the next 5-10 years, so eventually baldness will be a thing of the past.

      3) It doesn't work for every person. Usually that means older males who've already lost a significant number of hair follicles, but some younger males can also be non-responders.

      4) When you start taking it, you will LOSE hair first. This is known as shedding, and it's scary as hell. The reason you lose hair first is because Propecia works by reversing hair miniaturization. Miniaturization is the process whereby each time your hair goes through a complete growth cycle (3-5) years, the new hair that comes in is smaller because the hair follicle has shrunk due to the effects of DHT. When the DHT is blocked, as long as the hair follicle has not gone dormant, it can usually recover. In order for a follicle to grow a thicker hair, it must first shed the hair, and then rest for about 6 weeks, during which time it will get a bit bigger, and the new hair that grows will be a little thicker. In time, your thinning hair should reverse itself. It takes about 8-12 months to see any sort of significant results, so you have to be patient and dedicated. I've been on Propecia since March of this year, and I've had a number of shedding cycles, and I've seen a decent amount of regrowth which is also thicker than the hair before.

      As a transsexual woman, I will stop taking the Propecia when I begin hormones, but for now it is preventing any further hair loss.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone here ever tried Alli for weight loss?
    I'm planning to start taking these pills. I'm not really a believer of fast weight loss products but because this one is FDA-approved and encourages diet and excercise, I'm willing to try it out. There aren't really any side effects to it, or so it says, if you do things right.

    Nevertheless, I want to do some research on it before I buy it since it is like for 90 capsules which only last a month since the thing is three pills a day. I've already gone to their website and read how it works and stuff but I'd like to know if any of you have tried it and what you think of it.

    Thanks!

    BTW, I have about 20-25lbs. to loose..

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't take it at all. This is total garbage. It's a terrible product. These Low Fat, High Carb diets are bad enough, now they want to take what little fat you are getting away. Unbelievable! These people have no idea how the body works and are promoting a product that is going to greatly affect the gall bladder and liver functions. If you think thyroid diseases and sex problems are bad now, just wait until people keep taking this garbage!

      Fats are necessary for normal bodily functions. The food industry and the so called "food experts" that are nothing more than "hired guns" of the food industry marketing armies are looking at profit over health again.

      Do yourself an enormous favor and buy the book called, "Life Without Bread" by Christian Allan, pH.D. It will give you great incite as to what is good fats and bad and why you need fat to lose fat.

      These low fat diets are creating huge business for doctors now that are bent on taking gall bladders out. The alli product will be short lived and I predict many law suits to happen because of the huge problem it is going to create. Look at many other products the FDA approved.

      The FDA is not your friend. Just look at ALL the recalls and problems with many drugs the FDA has approved. The drug companies pay the FDA huge money to do their bidding and relieve them of big responsibilities. "Well, it's FDA approved." Right, Phen Phen, Thalidamide, Xolair, etc., etc. etc., the list goes on and on.

      Please, do yourself a huge favor and read the book suggested and then decide what to do about the fat in your body.

      Just ask yourself, why did primitive man not have CAVITIES, NO degenerative diseases, and weight was not an issue for him. Then ask, why are 53% of ALL Americans chronically ill and now rank 45th in the world for longevity. Does that sound like progress? Does that sound like our medical establishment is working. Does that sound like our food industry is a good thing? I believe if you are honest, you will say NO to all those things. Speaking of saying NO, did you know that 10,000 to 20,000 people died last year due to illegal drugs? Sounds like a lot doesn't it. Pretty terrible. Does it sound like our "war on drugs" is working? No.

      Now realize that 106,000 people died in hospitals last year due to drugs that were FDA approved, legally dispensed by doctors for the correct problem they were prescribed for and no one is talking about that statistic. That is over 10 times the number of people died last year due to Legal Prescription Drugs. Still believe the FDA is on your side? Then why do they let drug companies test their own drugs and rely on those tests for approving them?

      If you want to lose 20 - 25 lbs., you can lose about 10 - 15 pounds in about 30 days by just doing a good colon cleanse. Go to: (800) 370 - 3447 and order their "Colon Cleanse" product and it will gently remove about 10 - 15 pounds of old fecal matter that is in your colon. Then you can go on a blood sugar handling diet that will cause you to lose about 10 - 15 pounds in about 30 - 45 days of "stored fat" and you will feel a lot of energy while you are doing that.

      To do the low fat diet thing is nothing more than a starvation diet and simply ridiculous because any weight you lose, you will regain or if you don't, you can look for becoming another American Statistic that the food industry has created.

      good luck to you

  44. QUESTION:
    How AMRD can be cure?
    Age related Macular Degeneration

    • ANSWER:
      Dry macular degeneration symptoms usually develop gradually. You may notice these vision changes:

      The need for increasingly bright light when reading or doing close work
      Increasing difficulty adapting to low light levels, such as when entering a dimly lit restaurant
      Increasing blurriness of printed words
      A decrease in the intensity or brightness of colors
      Difficulty recognizing faces
      A gradual increase in the haziness of your overall vision
      A blurred or blind spot in the center of your field of vision
      Hallucinations of geometric shapes or people, in cases of advanced macular degeneration
      Remedy with No Hospitalizations available-----------

      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins Brain, Spinal cord, liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Spleen, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, bone marrow cancer, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      Dr.Vora designed it in such a way that the costs are the least for the survival/rescue of common man and the poor in villages, towns and metropolis on the globe; with NO insurance cover. It is most suitable to all the youngsters on this entire globe.
      U may study it, discuss with Ur family members/friends/acquaintances and slowly and steadily implement it for the best results.

      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, skin, lungs, menses [females].
      2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels, by purging out toxins.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.
      All items for a cure—available in Ur vicinity all over the globe.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.
      Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  45. QUESTION:
    is there a cure for peripheral arterial disease?
    hurry

    • ANSWER:
      Peripheral artery disease symptoms include:

      Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs (intermittent claudication)
      Leg numbness or weakness
      Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
      Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal
      A change in the color of your legs
      Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
      Slower growth of your toenails
      Shiny skin on your legs
      No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
      Erectile dysfunction in men
      If peripheral artery disease progresses, pain may even occur when you're at rest or when you're lying down (ischemic rest pain). It may be intense enough to disrupt sleep. Hanging your legs over the edge of your bed or walking around your room may temporarily relieve the pain.
      Cure:
      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins in Brain, Spinal cord, heart, liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Spleen, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      TARGET THERAPY IS worth trying.
      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.

      Target Therapy is worth trying. Why, Because----Chemotherapy with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  46. QUESTION:
    HOW TO FIX MY LOW FEMALE SEX DRIVE?
    HELLO ALL..
    today i come to you with a problem.. serious for her but it really doesn't bother me.
    I am not an extremely sexual person at all.
    my sex drive is low and my girlfriend's is extremely high. Our relationship is declining because of this.
    I'm more so a companion person in my relationships and sex usually follows.. all my girlfriend want to do is have sex.. all the time.
    I am a female that before her was without a relationship and sex for almost three years.
    and when i finally decided to do it... it was with a male friend and it was always on my terms and when i felt like it.

    I never felt the pressure that i feel now being in a relationship with her.
    She says just being around me makes her horny.. says if she were a guy that it would always be erect and ready.
    Maybe i should be happy but i'm not.. not with just wanting sex all the time.

    I like to have fun together.. play cards... listen to music.. do other things that just don't revolve around sex.

    whenever we are together and alone i feel the pressure of sex.
    i do not like that. I like to cuddle and be intimate without sex being an issue.. i truly feel like if she would relax a bit things would be better. It would maybe make me wanna but when i feel like nothing else interest you as far as spending time alone with me but sex... its a turn off.

    now don't get me wrong.. when we have sex its almost always better than it was before. I always please her ... in ways she's never been pleased before.
    I know i get the job done.
    as do she... but I'm just not always feeling like i felt the day before.. or last week.. you know what I'm saying?

    at any rate... is there anything that you know of... herbally or whatever ... that would increase my female libido?

    I want to be with her... we are great together... but sex is and has become an issue.
    so much that... I am considering ending this.

    She and I have known each other for awhile.. she was my first female lover back when i was 19 ... now i'm 34 and we found each other again...we've been in a relationship again now for the past year.

    like i said.. don't wanna be without her but not sure what to do... its just not fair to her.
    she deserve more than what i give.. which obviously is not enough.

    she do not want to break up or move on... she says she's willing to work with me and my issue.. ok.. so with that.. how do i fix this... or is the anything that i could ingest that would help me?

    please... i truly need answers!.... suggestions... something!

    onefinequeen at yahoo... email if u prefer or post here... just please... post.
    Thank u in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few main causes of low sex drive in young women. Contrary to popular belief, a decrease in libido and diminishing sexual desire can hit a woman at any stage in her life, not just when she is older. If you learn about the reasons behind the way you are feeling, you may be able to figure ways to help change it.

      Stress
      Hormones
      Depression and Anxiety
      Prescriptions and Supplements
      Natural Occurrences

      1.Daily stresses such as responsibilities at work and at home, and always thinking about how much you have to do, can cause your libido to dwindle. Making some time for yourself to unwind, no matter what it takes, can help you relax enough to get into the right frame of mind for sex.
      2.Another one of the main causes of low sex drive in young women is hormonal imbalances. Keeping track of when your sexual desire point is at its lowest can also help you see if it happens at a certain time within your monthly cycle (which is completely normal). If you have noticed a sudden change in your overall libido, talk to your doctor or gynecologist about it, as they may have treatments that can help.
      3.Depression and anxiety also can cause a low sex drive in young women. Different from normal stresses, clinical depression can take its toll on every aspect of your emotional and physical well-being and should be brought up to your physician for treatment options.
      4. If you recently began taking a new prescription drug, like those used for depression or birth control (or even a new natural supplement), one of the side effects could be a decrease in sexual desire. Talk to your physician about adjusting the dose, or an alternative medication that you can take that lessens this risk.

      5. No matter what your age, it could be that you are just going through a period in your life where you are not in the mood and there is no reason behind it; it's just that other priorities are taking precedence. Eventually your sex life will make it back to the top of the list, and you can be thankful that it is not one of the other, harder-to-cure causes of low sex drive.

      YOU CAN FIX THIS ISSUE BY FOLLOWING 7-8 STEPS.

      • Eat raw oysters. Some people don't care for them, but if you can stand to eat them, add a few to your daily diet. Scrub the shells to remove dirt and bacteria, then open the shells and place them on some ice. Oysters are high in zinc, which is known to raise testosterone levels and sperm production in men. Try eating a few raw oysters a day and see if it helps increase your sex drive.
      • Step 2
      Add avocado to your daily diet. Avocados have high levels of folic acid , Vitamin B6 and potassium, which all play important roles in female libido. Folic acid helps metabolize proteins, Vitamin B6 helps increase male hormone production and potassium helps regulate the female thyroid gland, which in turn helps increase female sex drive.
      • Step 3
      Eat more asparagus. Asparagus is rich in Vitamin E , which helps stimulate the production of sex hormones. This is good for both the female and male libido.
      • Step 4
      Eat a banana every day. Bananas are rich in potassium and Vitamin B, which are important in the production of sex hormones, or testosterone. Bananas are also great for increasing energy.
      • Step 5
      Add figs to your diet. Figs are high in amino acids, which can increase female libido. Figs can also increase sexual stamina.
      • Step 6
      Snack on celery throughout the day and add it to your lunch. Celery contains androsterone, an odorless hormone that is released through male perspiration and reportedly turns women on. Celery is also good for you and tastes great, too.
      • Step 7
      Eat eggs for breakfast every morning. Eggs contain vitamins B5 and B6, which help fight stress levels. They also help balance hormone levels, which is important for a healthy libido. Stress is one cause of a low libido, so eat some delicious eggs for breakfast on an everyday basis.

      LAST BUT NOT LEAST
      Go to gym or on walk every day 30-45 min and you may drink water during eating food but please do not drink water after eating food up to 45minuts. Because it will dilute your digestive enzimes in a result give you belly fat.

      Hope that helped to answer your question.

  47. QUESTION:
    thyroid surgery??????
    How was the thyroid surgery like? and how was the recovery. Im having the surgery soon, so i jus wanted to know how it was like. also, hows it like being hyperthyroid to hypothyroid. wat was the difference in how u felt. and how long did it feel to get back to normal. i know it takes a while to get the right dosage. and any effects that came from removing the thyroid. thanks for the answers. appreciate it.
    moonlight raven, can u leave ur email address...this wont let me email u, thanks.
    I also have graves disease with a goiter. i had a cold nodule and had a biopsy which couldnt rule out cancer. after being on different meds, the metemazole has finally gotten the thyroid to normal and the cold nodule disappear. but i still have a goiter on my neck. i considered the surgery because i have a 14 month old son which is very attached to me. i also live with family with no extra room. i dont think the hospital would leave me if i took the radioactive pill. i jus thought the faster the better cause i take so much meds for my high blood pressure and heart rate. im extremely tired.

    • ANSWER:
      I was extremely hyperthyroid until I took radioactive iodine to completely destroy my thyroid gland. The doctors didn't catch my disease until late in the game because my blood pressure was (and still is) on the low side; usually, if you're hyperthyroid, your blood pressure is high. I also didn't have a goiter, or protruding area at the throat due to an enlarged thyroid gland that is sticking out more.

      Now, I take synthetic Levothroid thyroxine (T3) every day to replace the hormones that my "disappeared" thyroid gland WOULD have made for my body had I not gotten rid of it. I'm surprised that you're having surgery, which seems much more invasive to the body, rather than radioactive iodine. However, I'm sure there is some reason you and your doctor came to that decision.

      Anyway, when I was hyperthyroid, or producing too much thyroid hormone, I had a lot of insomnia and couldn't get to bed at night. I also had a lot more energy - I could go all day and not feel tired. Now that my excess thyroid hormone is gone, I get fatigued a lot quicker than I used to. I also have to watch what I eat nowadays. Before, my metabolism was quick on the draw and I could eat whatever I wanted without worrying about weight gain. Now, I just have to be more careful because I can and have gained weight.

      You're right- it takes a good while to get the right dosage for your body after removing your thyroid gland, and you have to constantly monitor your T3 and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels to make sure that you are at the correct dosage, since your dosage may actually change over time. So you'll need to have your blood taken at the lab every so often to make sure that you are being treated at the right dosage. When I first started on my Levothroid thyroxine regimen, I was at 125 mcg, but found that I was still at too high a level (which felt normal to me, since I was used to being hyperthyroid), but then the doctor took it down to 75 mcg, which was too low. At that point, I started to feel overfatigued too often. I really wasn't used to it and I really didn't like it, since it was harder to go to school and go to work while hypothyroid (always tired). I could really feel myself at a low energy, and was also experiencing on-again, off-again tingling in my arms and fingers, which was uncomfortable. The doctor switched me to 110 mcg, which worked awhile, but then I got another blood test and I was a little hypothyroid, so she put me back up to 125 mcg, which I've been on for the last 9 months or so and seems to be working for me. I'm about due for another blood-drawing, though, since recently, the tingling in my upper extremities have started again.

      I like knowing that I am at the right level hormone-wise. I miss the extra energy, but as the result of my extreme hyperthyroidism, I had also experienced exophthalmos - basically, the excess thyroid hormone stimulated the muscles behind my eyes to grow, which then caused the muscles to bulge out, causing my eyeballs to pop out of my eyes. That was really uncomfortable and disfiguring. I didn't look like myself anymore, and I had to undergo a painful and time-consuming surgery called orbital decompression to remove bone around first my left, then my right eye so that there was enough room in the back of my eyeball for it to settle back in (so I didn't have to tape my eyes shut at night, and didn't have to deal with uncomfortable abrasions to my cornea). I had a type of hyperthyroidism called Graves' disease - I don't know if you have that condition too or not. Graves' is much more common in women than in men.

      It's good to get an overactive thyroid treated because you might lower your blood pressure, and excess thyroid hormone speeds up your osteoclasts, which are the bone-destroying cells of your body. This can lead to premature tooth decay and osteoporosis (softening of the bones, in which bone density is decreased and the bone becomes more fragile/breakable).

      I hope all goes well with your surgery and the recovery period. Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Low Testosterone, What now?
    Ok people, I attended a hospital appointment a little while ago due to a low testosterone count during a routine blood test at dr's surgery... (had problems keeping a erection, so doc referred me for 'tests')

    Anyway, I have since been to hospital & the specialist I saw there said my testosterone levels (bearing in mind that the normal level is between 10-30 & even a majority of elderly men have this level) are seriously low for my age, infact they were listed as '4'

    So he then turned to me and said, I'm going to put you on HRT ... For the rest of your life, during the 'examination' he made my do a cough drop test (you guys will know what I mean by this) and said the low testosterone was unlikely to be coming from my testicals as these were well developed.... YAY !

    He then went on too tell me the issue was likely in my brain, being either the hyperthalimus or pirtuitary gland and to confirm this I'd need to undergo a full endocrine test (what is this?)

    Anyway, what I wanted to know is will the following be sorted by my replacement of testosterone and what else will I likely expect ???

    Im overweight, he said this was likely due to the low hormones... He also said I'll lose weight - how quick does this happen?

    He also said my depression was likely caused by my low testosterone considering I've had it [depression] since I was about 18 and despite medication has never got any better, this will likely be 'cured' is what he said... but how long do these changes take to occur ??!

    'erection' issues...

    what else can I expect to happen with hormones ? Will I begin gaining muscle mass & will my voice change - my voice already broke as a teen but will it now deepen further with hormones ?!

    what else can I expect from HRT good points and bad

    if it is to do with my pirtuitry gland or hyperthalimus what could have caused these not to work properly, something serious or just 'bad luck'

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of questions there, and some very good ones. First, let me address the source of the problem. A guy produces testosterone in his testes and his adrenal glands (which sit on top of the kidneys). Both of these glands are part of the endocrine system, and the master glands of this system are the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, both of which are located in the center of the brain. Low testosterone or Low-T can result from removal of one of the testes (for testicular cancer for example), injury to the adrenal glands, or problems with the pituitary and/or hypothalamus. Usually, problems in the brain result from some type of head injury, or from some other type of trauma such as a bout with meningitis or encephalitis. Neurosurgery can also cause problems sometimes, and so can seizures on occasion. If none of these things have happened to you, then it's probably something that has been there since the day you were born. The pituitary and hypothalamus release hormones that control all sorts of things in your body: the thyroid gland (metabolism), the pancreas (the production of insulin). and of course, the testes and adrenal glands which I've already talked about. If the pituitary and hypothalamus aren't working right, you've in trouble, big time!

      Now the blood test the doctor is probably thinking about doing is called the F.S.H. (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). This is the hormone that tells your testes and adrenal glands to manufacture testosterone. If the test comes back showing low levels of this hormone, then hormone replacement therapy with testosterone is in order. This replacement therapy can be done in several ways. You can take testosterone pills every day, you can wear a testosterone patch daily, or you can get a testosterone shot every three weeks or so. Any one of these options is very safe and effective, and there should be no side effects to your treatment. You will, however, notice that you have a lot more energy and drive. This should be apparent within a week or two. And your depression should begin to lift within the same time frame, and in very short order, it should be just a distant memory. The weight will take a little longer to come off, but you should notice yourself losing a pound or two a week after the first two weeks or so of treatment.

      Hormone replacement therapy will also correct your erection issues, unless there are problems with blood flow to the penis. In that case, drugs such as Viagra will be able to help. As far as the muscle mass, any hair loss, and your voice go, that will all vary from individual to individual. Some guys will get a bit more muscle mass while other guys won't. Genetics plays a role here. The same goes for the hair and voice. You'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out for you.

      I wanted to let you know that they now have a name for your condition -- Andropause. It's somewhat similar to menopause in women, and about 30% of the men in this country are affected by this disorder. It's only been recently, however, that science has figured out what was going on and has come up with a way to treat the condition. So congratulations, they've found your problem. In a month or two, you'll feel like a completely new man. I'm glad things have worked out for you. Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    I need help for my low sex drive!?
    I'm 24 years old and in a long term relationship. I seem to have just lost all interest in sex. I feel that the problem in nothing to do with being attracted to my man, cos I'm not interested in any other men. so thats not the problem. I feel its unfair to my boyfriend, and I don't want to destroy our relationship cos the man is my world. I do have a stressful job and I've tried a few different things to try and unwind. While it does get me relaxed, I still have no interest in having sex. I'm want to try anything. I read somewhere that taking some supplements (like magnesium and zinc, I think) can help increase your sex drive. The only medication i am taking is the contraceptive pill which i will not give up. Can anyone recommend a product on the Irish market that might help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Giggly Nurse,
      The good news is that there are possible solutions. Just be aware that figuring out how to increase the female sex drive is complicated because the desire to make love is influenced by so many factors including physical, emotional, relationship satisfaction, and the setting you are in. Possible causes of low sex drive in women include stress or anxiety, medications (anti-depressants, birth control pills) complexity of health issues (Diabetes, MS, cancer) and fatigue.

      Of course, you should talk with your doctor. But here is a list of possible steps you can take:
      •Have your doctor check your thyroid function.
      •Check out the side effects of any medications that you may be taking.

      •Zestra (nonprescription)
      Two placebo-controlled studies published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy showed that this proprietary blend of botanicals (including borage seed and evening primrose oils, Angelica root and vitamins C and E) provided a significant increase in arousal, desire, genital stimulation, ability to orgasm and pleasure. The treatment also worked equally well on women using SSRI antidepressant medicines.

      •Hormone Therapies (prescription only)
      Localized estrogen therapy - Placing estrogen directly into the vagina soothes vaginal tissue, and allows the secretions necessary for comfortable sex. They are available as suppository tablets, creams, or "rings," which sit inside the vagina and give off small doses of the hormone over time.
      Compounded testosterone cream - Some pharmacies that make medicine from scratch offer testosterone creams and gels, but you'll need a doctor’s prescription.

      •Vitamin E (nonprescription)
      When used locally in the vagina it can help rehydrate tissue and may possibly increase sensation.

  50. QUESTION:
    Have you tried Qysmia?
    Qysmia is the newest diet drug on the market, my doc has encouraged me to try it. I have had issues with Phentermine before so I wanna here from some real ppl before I undertake this. Also, when my RX was filled there are two different strengths...I assume I take the lower doze one first? Wondering why none of this is clear on the directions.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a new weight loss drug on the market and it is known now as Qysmia (formerly titled Qnexa).

      It is a combination of two other drugs, Phentermine (one of the Phen’s in the former weight loss drugs known as Fen-Phen) and topiramate, which is also known as Topomax for epilepsy.

      For many of you hoping for a miracle weight loss drug, this is not it, but it has been shown to be helpful.

      Qysmia is strongly recommended only for those who meet the following criteria.
      First, if someone (man or woman) has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater they qualify. As an example, a 5-foot, 4-inch woman who weighs above 180 pounds, or a 5-foot,’8-inch woman who weighs above 200 pounds meets the criteria.

      Second, if someone (man or woman) has a BMI of 27 or greater and has high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and/or high cholesterol, they would qualify.

      It is not recommended at all for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, for those who have glaucoma, have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). It's also not for someone who is taking an MAOI type of anti-depressant, or who has an unstable heart condition such as irregular heart rates.

      Typical side effects of Phentermine are rapid heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, and cottonmouth or dry mouth. The most common side effects of topiramate are numbness and tingling in the limbs, diarrhea dizziness, depression, nausea, memory problems and slowed movements.

      Both medications cause loss of appetite which is why they work so well for weight loss.

      Health care providers are advised to start with the lowest dose of Qysmia which is 3.75 milligrams of Phentermine and 23 milligrams of topiramate for two weeks. At that time depending on the input from the provider and patient, the dose may be doubled.

      After two more weeks the dose can be increased again to 11.25 milligrams / 69 milligrams and then in another two weeks increased again to a maximum dosage of 15 milligrams / 92 milligrams. If weight loss is not achieved, then the patient must wean off Qysmia to reduce risk of seizures before stopping it completely.

      Some patients may choose to stay at lower doses depending on side effects.

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