How are things with testosterone?
One of the most important hormones is the male hormone testosterone. In a woman's body, it is normally present in small amounts, but during pregnancy it rises naturally. This is primarily because, in addition to the ovaries and adrenal glands that produce testosterone in the body of a woman, after conception, there is another organ that emits testosterone, the placenta. Later a small amount of this hormone secrete the fetal organs. If a woman wears a boy, the testosterone level may be slightly higher.
However, everyone who has dealt with planning, who have had miscarriages in the past because of increased testosterone, know that an overestimated level of this hormone prevents the onset and persistence of pregnancy. That's why future mothers are so afraid of him, and doctors help them in this.
Testosterone standards for pregnant women
Testosterone levels rise during the period of pregnancy in the second half, and in the third trimester the concentration of free testosterone doubles. Fears in most cases cause an increase in testosterone levels at 4-8 weeks, which may be a threat to gestation. The second peak of danger is 13-20 weeks.
In the laboratories, the values ??of the testosterone level for women and men are considered referential, and for some reason standards for pregnant women are not taken into account. Meanwhile, they can be very different.
So, in normal testosterone in non-pregnant women should be in the range of 0, 45 to 3, 75 nmol / l. But during pregnancy this indicator is always somewhat overestimated.
Many gynecologists tend to prescribe pregnant hormonal drugs to suppress the production of testosterone and reduce its level in the blood of a future mother. But in fact, this does not always necessarily become necessary.
First, it is believed that an elevated testosterone level can be dangerous only for the fetus-girl. Secondly, in the body of a pregnant woman there are many natural mechanisms of protection against increasing the concentration of testosterone. One of them is the same placenta that produces testosterone, it can turn it into estrogen, protecting mother and child from the effects of hormones on each other. Therefore, true hyperandrogenism during pregnancy is infrequent (in this case, a woman or fetus may have excessive hairiness). But in order not to miss it, you need to keep the level of hormones under control and find a sensible specialist (namely a female endocrinologist) who can and will want to explain to you how well the concentration of this hormone is in your case. Moreover, there is a big difference between free and bound testosterone, and most gynecologists do not just keep silent about this, but do not even know anything.
In general, if there is no sign of interruption of pregnancy and you feel fine, then the high level of testosterone during pregnancy should not cause you anxiety. Normally, in the second half of the term, he can exceed these indicators for non-pregnant women 3-4 times.