Fertility question

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Registered: 07-21-2009
Fertility question
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Tue, 05-10-2011 - 1:40am
I hope it's ok to post this here, you guys know more about this stuff than anyone. My 17 year old step daughter is not having periods. She has, but very light and maybe only a few ever. Her mom took her to a gyno and they said her hormones are only a little off. They did an ultrasound of her ovaries and she had 8 follicles in one and 4 in the other. They said they aren't maturing and releasing like they should. They gave her something and got her to start, put her on bcp's but she didn't start again on her own. She is 5'11" and about 130-140 lbs so not too thin. Not hairy, she does get some mild acne so she does have some teen hormones going on. They are trying one more month bcp and then to an endocrinologist. Any ideas what's going on? She's so afraid she's not gonna be able to have kids. Everything I read says PCOS, thyroid or pituitary. She doesnt fit the PCOS, dr says her thyroid is normal..... I'm stumped.

  


   

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Registered: 12-30-2006
Tue, 05-10-2011 - 5:59am

As I was reading your post I was thinking it sounds like she has a pituitary issue. In order for her ovaries to release the mature follicle, her pituitary gland needs to release a surge of

--Wendy
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Registered: 07-21-2009
Tue, 05-10-2011 - 9:33am
Thank you for your response. I was reading about the pituitary issue and it does sound like it could be it. Looks like an MRI would detect a pit tumor. I know the dr and insurance probably wouldn't go for it but I wish they'd monitor her like fertility doctors do.... Get her to start again and watch levels at CD1 and so on to see which hormone isn't being released right. Is she not maturing the follicles or are they not being triggered to release, is she forming a lining.... So many questions.

It's hard cause I'm stepmom - I'd be driving the doctors crazy til they had an answer! Her moms doing a great job staying on it though so hopefully the doctors figure something out soon.

She doesn't really have thyroid symptoms except maybe real dry skin. It's strange cause we all thought she would be VERY developed (her mom and both grandmas have HUGE breasts) but she's only an A. I keep trying to reassure dh that if she has eggs there is so much they can do to make her ovulate later when she's ready for kids, it's the unexplained infertility that's hard to treat.