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Topic Title: How do I check my DHT levels?
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Created On: 02/22/2003 08:29 AM
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 02/22/2003 08:29 AM
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spavid
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I have been on Avodart for over three months now, and while I have experienced less shedding my hair line is still undeniably receding (albeit at a slower rate). Last year I remember seeing a posting where someone mentioned in passing that they had their DHT levels checked. I'm very curious as to whether all the claims of 90%+ DHT reduction hold any water. In short, how and where does one have this tested? If it's as simple as a blood test all I have to do is call my doctor (who insisted I get a precautionary blood check every month as Avodart is a relatively new drug - a total waste of time on my part as far as I'm concerned, but I digress).

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 02/22/2003 08:49 AM
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SAEFLG
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I dont know how to check DHT levels, but I would love to find out how. Someone who knows please let us know.
 02/22/2003 09:08 AM
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Peter Mac
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Your doctor can order a Blood Serum DHT and Free testosterone levels test.
Don't do the saliva tests. You need to measure the DHT levels in the blood. A quick visit to your doctor's clinic should be good. They draw the blood, send it off to the lab and the results come back in a few days.
 02/22/2003 09:09 AM
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1. Make appointment with Endrochronologist. Prepare for him to babble on about how these drugs aren't useful, blah blah blah.

2. Tell him/her you want your Testo, DHT, and Estrogen levels checked.

3. Roll up sleeve, allow him/her to do blood work.

4. Pay amount.
 02/22/2003 09:34 AM
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Poko
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Hi PeterMac,

Would you need to do 2 tests?
One before starting dut and one after starting dut to check your DHT levels?
Or is there a standardized nominal range of DHT hormone in the system that they will compare your levels to?
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 02/22/2003 10:08 AM
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Dean
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Unless your insurance pays for it, skip the doctor visit and save money. Make an appointment at a medical lab and just go and have the tests done. Talk to them on the phone (you can shop around) and find out what tests they suggest/offer and the price. Then just go in and have the blood drawn. A day or 2 later they'll give you the results. Most good labs have equipment that will even print a star or something next to result values that are out of normal range onthe printout. Screw $200 doctor visits for tests. Most doctors don't know a damn about DHT levels anyway. They stick you for a visit and often mark up the lab test price. Do it yourself and save money and learn. Save the results so you can compare over time and form your own baselines. Remember: nobody cares as much about your own health as you.

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 02/22/2003 11:09 AM
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shinningscalp
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If your general practioner is half way decent and isn't an HMO lackey, he'll order the tests for free. Just tell him you're on a drug for hairloss and want to make sure your hormones aren't being dangerously altered. My doc was cool about it and did it with no problem, he even agreed with me and said he would like a hormone profile for his records anyway.
 02/22/2003 03:05 PM
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Pete
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You should notice a difference in beard growth ie it is slower and finer. When you shave you may notice that it will be easier to shave. This will indicate series 1 DHT is been blocked.

Edited: 02/22/2003 at 03:06 PM by Hair Loss Help Moderator
 02/23/2003 11:47 AM
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bap4201
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Life extension.org supplies an nice array of tests. You can check them out by clicking this link. Life Extension Web Site
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