What does the BW mean?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2004
What does the BW mean?
Fri, 09-24-2004 - 1:46pm
For those of you with experience here are the results of my first blood work up. (I'm in Italy where we get our results from the lab and they are ours to keep. I will be taking them to my doctor at the next appointment.) As I'm sure you all can relate, I'm not patient and would love some idea what this all means. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

I have on cd3: FSH 7.1 LH 4.3 Estriodol 262.0 TSH 1.5

BTW I'm 44 and TTC#2. DS#1 was conceived naturally on try #2 and born 4/4/2001.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2003
Fri, 09-24-2004 - 2:16pm
You can find what the results mean here:

Hormone Levels & Fertility Bloodwork


Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Day 3 Normal Values - 3-20 mIU/ml

FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate. In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.

Estradiol (E2)

Day 3 Normal Values - 25-75 pg/ml

Levels on the lower end tend to be better for stimulating. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate existence of a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

Day 3 Normal Values - < 7 mIU/ml

A normal LH level is similar to FSH. An LH that is higher than FSH is one indication of PCOS.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Day 3 Normal Values - 0.4-4 uIU/ml

Mid-range normal in most labs is about 1.7. A high level of TSH combined with a low or normal T4 level generally indicates hypothyroidism, which can have an effect on fertility.

~*~ Catherine (Me - 50y, DH - 44y)

Our 1st precious baby together - m/c @ 8wks - Feb 14, 2004,

plus several chemical pregnancies since.

My three children : 16y, 27y, 29y

Plus 5 + previous babies lost.

What's the point of being so fertile if I can't hold onto one little baby?

~*~ Catherine, mom to three grown men - Jason, Michael & Joshua and Granma to Christopher & Leia.