Rude Awakening!!!! Some Support Please!

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Registered: 07-07-2006
Rude Awakening!!!! Some Support Please!
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Thu, 10-22-2009 - 7:21am

So, I have posted several times about the fact that I started on all natural supplements November 1, 2008! Overall I feel fantastic! I have a much better quality of life. This is actually why we decided to become distributors for Shaklee; the supplements changed my life. I have not been sick even one day since November 1. I did more blood work about 8 months after starting my vitamin regimen, and it was determined that I was estrogen dominant. They started me on bio-identical progesterone cream and meta IC3, to help balance my hormones.

I went to a local MD who is known to treat with vitamins, my other natural path was long distance, and I thought it couldn't hurt to have someone more natural at home. Anyway, she also ordered a bunch of blood work. I was so excited yesterday when I picked up my blood work results. I quickly glanced to see what was flagged as being out of range. The only thing was my RBC count was a little low, probably due slight anemia. Anyway, it wasn't until late last night that I started to scrutinize the results. I looked closely at the thyroid numbers. Yeah. My TSH is now 1.23, instead of 2.3. My estrogen was better and so was my progesterone. So, I believe I am no longer Estrogen dominant. Well, then I discovered she had them draw for FSH. It was a whopping 60!!!!! OM GOSH!!! Is this really accurate?? I thought you only tested FSH at CD3 for it to be accurate! I do know that at anytime it is not good to be so high. I am really bummed out, but not hopeless. I have read too many post from ladies who have had high FSH and still got PG. I guess I need some of those stories now, or at least some info that you might have to make me feel less of a blow.

The reason the FSH number wasn't flagged, was because it was considered in normal range because of my age. It fell into the category of postmenopausal on the scale. RUDE AWAKENING:(

Lena

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Registered: 08-17-2007
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 9:14am
Lena, I could be way off on this, but I think FSH peaks at mid-cycle. Maybe 60 isn't so crazy if it's after CD3? Of course, check with your doc! KUP and good luck!

Susan CB






Susan CB

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Registered: 09-13-2007
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 9:35am
FSH has to be checked on CD2, 3 or 4 at the latest.
 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 07-07-2006
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 11:18am

It was actually CD28, but I am on CD46 now with no AF or PG in sight.

The range on the blood work said:
REFERENCE RANGE:
FOLLICULAR PHASE 2.5-10.2
MID-CYCLE PEAK 3.1-17.7
LUTEAL PHASE 1.5-9.1
POSTMENOPAUSAL 23.0-116.3

So there you have it:( Darn body!!

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Registered: 09-13-2007
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 1:07pm
I would definitely call and ask.
 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 05-31-2004
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 2:58pm

I am so sorry Lena, that would indeed be quite a shock. I don't have much advice to give you, my doctor wouldn't even test for FSH, he felt that if I was still ovulating that was good enough.

Just wondering about your estrogen and progesterone ratios though. You said your estrogen had come down, but if I remember right the ratio should be 2:1, progesterone:estrogen. I know that is true during the luteal phase in premenopausal women, not sure about later on, I would have to go look that up. I don't know that it would affect your fsh though, I am just curious to hear how the cream worked for you.

Michelle


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Registered: 10-19-2004
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 10:25pm

For any kind of accurate fertility testing, fsh needs be taken at least within cycle days 2-4. Most take on CD 2 or 3. I don't think it has a defined meaning at other times unless you are doing a Clomid Challenge test. I know it surges when it it is working on getting your body to ovulate. I would re-do estrogen and fsh on CD 3 of your next cycle, and try not to stress or jump to conclusions before then, or at least until you talk to your doc. Good luck!

http://sprojects.mmi.mcgill.ca/menstrualcycle/physiology.html

-Jenna, 41
- Jenna
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Registered: 07-07-2006
Fri, 10-23-2009 - 7:25am
Agggrh! More to think about. I do not think the prog and est were 2-1. I have to go look at it again, but I think the est was still much more than the proges. Thanks so much for your replies. I really appreciate the support. 3.5 yrs ttc is so taxing:(
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Registered: 09-13-2007
Fri, 10-23-2009 - 8:19am
Lena, estrogen has to be checked on cd3 as well.
 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 05-31-2004
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 4:25pm
I think the progesterone:estrogen ratio only applies to after ovulation, I am not sure what it should be before. I will try to find more info later, I am heading out the door right now.

Michelle


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