FSH/Estradiol Levels High

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Registered: 04-13-2004
FSH/Estradiol Levels High
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Mon, 06-28-2004 - 3:14pm
Hi all,

I am concerned with the results I received after my last blood work, especially compared to the tests I had in 2003.

In 2003 my FSH level was 5 and my Estradiol level was 35.

Now the FSH level is 8.78 and the Estradiol level is 66!

Should I be really concerned about this? I have a huge pit in my stomach thinking that my egg reserve is going fast. My doctor is concerned with the high Estradiol level as he says it can actually make the FSH level read as lower, but that the FSH level is probably higher than the 8.78. I read that sometimes the higher levels can indicate ovarian cysts. The last IUI I had two cysts, one on each ovary due to the injectibles, but they were mostly gone the last u/s I had.

I'm just really bummed thinking that maybe we've waited too long to do an IVF (we are doing our first IVF in August). I was so excited with my 2003 numbers, I had no idea they could change so quickly.

Also, is there any way at all (chinese herbs/accupuncture?) to get the numbers down??

Thanks for listening. Any/all advice help is so welcome!

Hope you're all doing well and having a great Monday!

xo,

Linda

(bellaluna2004)

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Registered: 12-26-2003
Mon, 06-28-2004 - 5:50pm
Hi Linda,

Yes you can improve your egg quality with diet, supplements & acupucture. You should read "The Infertility Cure" if you haven't already. This is the best book about Fertility on the market fo sure. You should also have a fasting insulin test done. If your # are over 12 this could affect egg quality & give you a false higher range FSH. Were both of these test done on CD3? Most RE's will still work with you with an FSH up to 12 as well so try to hang in there.

Keep me posted!!

Lisa
Lilypie Baby Days
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Mon, 06-28-2004 - 6:04pm
Hi Lisa,

No, I have not read the book. I just ordered it on Amazon - thank you for this tip!

The tests were done on Day 3. I am seeing my doctor on Thursday, so I will also ask about the insulin test.

Thank you so much for responding. It really helps just to be able to talk to someone about all this....

Best to you and the little ones!!

Linda

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Registered: 04-09-2004
Mon, 06-28-2004 - 9:29pm
Hey Lisa,

I was just wondering if that is the book by Randine Lewis? I still haven't gotten it yet. I was also wondering if you followed the advice in the book? I will write a separate post to you about my visit today with my RE.

Hi Linda. I missed seeing you on here. I am also wondering if you bought the book Inconceivable, because the author had FSH levels much higher than yours and yet she conceived a healthy baby at 43! I found that book to be really inspirational. And as Lisa said hang in there if your FSH is still under 10 that is a good sign from everything I have heard.

SENDING LOTS OF BABY DUST TO YOU!!!

Jadu

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Tue, 06-29-2004 - 6:17pm
Hi Jadu,

I just bought both books yesterday on Amazon.com - the books were on special if bought together. I'm anxious to read both as I have heard they are excellent resources. I'm sure my DH will want to roll his eyes (although he wouldn't dare! smile).... one more book about conceiving!! :)

Thank you for your positive thoughts. I sometimes get so fixated on these numbers, they drive me absolutely crazy because I feel like there is nothing I can do about them. I feel much better today now that I know there is some recourse, and I will take action with my body; accupuncture (which I start again tomorrow), vitamins, diet, and most importantly... POSITIVE THINKING!! I have been so down in the dumps lately that I am sure this affects my chances of conceiving.

I hope you are well and happy! I read your posts about your RE visit - congratulations on this step! Keep us posted.

Thanks again for your response. So nice to hear from you...

~ Linda

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Wed, 06-30-2004 - 5:24pm
Hey Linda,

Just wanted to let you know that I did buy the book and started reading it. Wow! According to the author there is no such thing as infertility and I love her take on the whole thing. (Thanks Lisa for the recommendation, )wherever you are!!

tons of baby dust to you Linda! And happy reading! (I know what you mean about the books, I do have a few myself!!!)

Jadu

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Wed, 07-07-2004 - 4:22pm
Hi Niccolina,

Thank you for the website... very helpful! I love hearing success stories!

Also, I just finished reading "Inconceivable" by Julia Indichova. At the age of 42, her FSH was 42!! Through much research, diet, herbs, accupuncture, etc., she was able to bring her FSH level down to the mid-20's and eventually conceived a baby on her own. Really an inspiring book. I also just starting reading "The Infertility Cure" by Randine Lewis; a bit daunting, but very interesting information.

I saw my OBGYN for my pap last week; she was surprised that my FSH had almost doubled in a year. But, she said it just has to do with age (I'm 42, will be 43 in December). She told me this is a red flag to move forward with IVF sooner than later. BUT, I told her I started accupuncture and she scheduled another blood work-up next period to see if it has gone down any. I'll be very curious to see if there is any change!

We are still trying on our own for the next few months. I am in that 2 week waiting period right now. Silly me, I always get my hopes up!! :)

I hope you are well. Thank you for passing along the website.

~ Linda

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Registered: 06-27-2004
Tue, 07-13-2004 - 12:26am
Dear Linda

Pregnant with previous FSH levels of 42?! That sounds encouraging! I haven't picked up "Inconceivable" yet. I have started reading "The Infertility Cure." She does advocate accupuncture and accupressure. I haven't looked into it yet. It will be interesting to see how your blood levels respond. Are you doing yoga as well?

Niccolina

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Tue, 07-13-2004 - 12:16pm
Hi Niccolina,

I was doing Yoga but stopped about 3 months ago as my class ended and I was too lazy to look for a new one. However, I just found another class that meets Sunday mornings, so I think I'll join in again. It is such a great way to get in tune with your body and to RELAX (such a difficult thing to do these day!).

I have been doing accupuncture off and on. I found a new woman close to my home that specializes in infertility cases; she does accupuncture and prescribes Chinese herbs. She is very booked up, but I have my initial appointment with her on August 9th. I am really excited to see if this makes any difference.

I encourage you to read "Inconceivable" - it really gave me such great hope and encouragement and helped lift my spirits (and determination!). I found a copy on Amazon.com.

Keep the faith and let's keep each other posted with any news/updates.

All the Best,

Linda