Stupid ovaries....

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2011
Stupid ovaries....
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Fri, 04-29-2011 - 1:53pm

I went for my bloodwork results today with my fertility specialist and they were not great. Low progesterone as I already knew, but now I have high FSH for my age. Fantastic.

So as far as I know high FSH is not related to nursing, correct? I am 30 and this is quite surprising to find out. Running out of eggs already?! C'mon!

Any info anybody has about FSH would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to start Jamie's vitamin protocol today and hope it helps!

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Registered: 12-05-2000
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 2:35pm

I was trying to find out if high FSH could be a symptom of PCOS and I came across this article:
http://www.fertilitysolution.com/Latest-Research/Premature-Ovarian-Failure-Associated-with-Chlamydia.html

I'm not implying that you have an STD, but thought that maybe a secondary infection could possibly have the same effects on FSH levels.

you may also look into what can be done to increase egg quality-- maybe boosting something through vitamins/supplements??? could take the pressure off of your body to produce the extra FSH?

Breastfeeding increases prolactin production and prolactin actually suppresses FSH--- so the elevated FSH levels are not a result of breastfeeding.

http://www.acuforconception.com/Conditions/Short_Article_High_FSH_and_Chinese_Medicine.htm

Lilypie Third Birthday tickers
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Registered: 03-03-2011
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 3:06pm

Interesting, thanks for the information. The high FSH is very strange!

I'm about to book a physical with my family doctor. An underlying infection would not be likely, but ya never know.

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Registered: 03-03-2011
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 9:58pm

Look what I found!! Can you tell I"m grasping at straws here? Lol!

High FSH can be caused by other factors besides DOR. Your RE should rule out other potential

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Registered: 12-05-2000
Sat, 04-30-2011 - 1:31pm

see there--- if you keep looking, you'll find what you seek :)

Lilypie Third Birthday tickers
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 1:46pm
Didthey test your day 3 estradial levels in conjunction with FSH? What was your FSH number?

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Day 3 estradiol testing
A blood estradiol level on day 3 (we do it on any day between days 2 and 4) of the menstrual cycle is a way to potentially discover some of those women with a normal day 3 FSH that may in fact have decreased egg quantity and quality.
What we want on day three is a low FSH level in conjunction with a low estradiol level. If the FSH is normal but the estradiol level is elevated, the elevated estradiol will often be artificially "suppressing" the FSH level down to the normal range.

The idea of using day 3 estradiol levels as an adjunct in evaluating egg quantity and quality is relatively recent. Clearly defined cutoff values for normal are not well established. We like to see the day 3 estradiol less than about 80. We repeat borderline or abnormal results in another menstrual cycle to try to get a "true" FSH.

There is some evidence that an elevated day 3 estradiol indicates a problem with ovarian reserve. This is sometimes the case, but often the issue is just that the elevated estrogen level is "masking" the potential for detecting low reserve by suppressing FSH into the normal range.
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Registered: 03-03-2011
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 3:11pm

They did the estradial as well as FSH on day 3 of my cycle. My levels were at about 14 which was not appropriate for my age group so he said.

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Registered: 09-01-2008
Sun, 05-08-2011 - 12:31pm
praying for you, I hope you get your BFP before then.

Jamie

Me-31 DH 35

DS-Daniel 04/06/2005

DS-Michael (My Birthday Present!)06/16/2007

DS- Samuel 12/13/2009

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Registered: 03-03-2011
Wed, 05-11-2011 - 10:58am

Thanks Jamie!

I appreciate the prayers. Trying to stay positive!

Jackie

Community Leader
Registered: 06-01-2004
Thu, 05-12-2011 - 1:21pm
Good luck with the prometrium! It seems to be the answer for a lot of women. I am glad your estradial levels were normal....and very interesting about the other info you found re: raised FSH. For what its worth, my FSH and estradial levels were really good for my age and I still had trouble with egg quality and quantity even on lots of fertility meds.....based on that, I wouldn't put too much weight in the numbers - especially if you have other explanations that might account for a skewed number.
Good luck - I hope you see that BFP soon!
Jasmine