What’s the Significance of High Sex Hormone Binding Globulins in the Blood?
What’s the significance of high sex hormone binding globulin levels in the blood?
A: It’s a really good question because it really does have an impact in regards to fertility. Basically, the sex hormone-binding globulin is a test that is done primarily to understand the impact or the status of androgens, which are male hormones, in a man or woman’s body.
For men, generally, the concern is that the sex hormone-binding globulins are lower than what they should be, which will definitely cause infertility. It will decrease sex drive or potentially cause erectile dysfunction. Of course, there are other testosterone issues that it can certainly impact.
For women, if there is an increased level of testosterone level or androgen production in a woman’s body, what will happen is that that will definitely disrupt the balance of hormones of the female system. It will cause symptoms such as lack of menstruation, ovulation, infertility, acne, male pattern hair growth, lots of different symptoms.
Many of the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome are characterized by the excess production of androgens. So, if you have PCOS, that’s really again is something that does need to be addressed. Those are all really important things to look at and to basically address on the path towards optimum fertility and optimum hormonal balance.
The significance is that if your sex hormone-binding globulins are high, there is a hormonal imbalance that needs to be addressed in order for ovulation to happen as it should, and of course, all your other hormonal factors to be where they need to be. For more information and answers to other fertility questions, join the #FertilityChallenge.