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Old 10-25-2007, 12:37 AM   #1
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Menopause...do the FSH numbers change first?

I had my blood tested in August exactly mid cycle (14 days) and the FSH was 7.8. In Sept., my Endo did further tests and again and after the same 14 days, my FSH went to 47.1. Same day, Estradiol was 33. I have missed one period twice in the past year. Endo has started me on meds for HypoT but I am wondering if this is a menopausal reading and does it usually jump this fast. Is there ANYTHING else that can cause results to change like this?

 
Old 10-25-2007, 11:19 AM   #2
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Re: Menopause...do the FSH numbers change first?

A number of things can cause your FSH numbers to jump all over the place. Diet, exercise, the amount of fish oils you're getting, whether you're annovulatory, etc etc etc all those things can affect FSH. Often, women who are trying to get pregnant but have higb FSH levels will do massive changes like diet, exercise, accupuncture, herbs etc to lower their FSH levels. It works in some women.

Not sure how old you are but if you're entering the end of your fertile period and are facing a diminished egg supply, then just the failure that month to ovulate any kind of egg at all can cause your FSH to jump.

FSH numbers are not a stable thing that gradually go up as we get older. We don't have an FSH in our 20's of 3.5, that slowly graduates up to an FSH of 6.5 in our 30's and then jumps to 10'5 in our 40's. It's more complicated than that. It's all tied into ovarian reserve (we're all born with a set number of eggs) and it's tied into ovulation of those eggs. Over the course of a year, FSH numbers can jump up and down from month to month. The most they are is an indicator of what is happening within our bodies but not a true blue map.

 
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #3
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Re: Menopause...do the FSH numbers change first?

Thanks Wizard. I am 50 and just diagnosed with HypoT. BUT..it may be hypopituitarism and I think that is why they checked the FSH. Something about checking the anterior pituitary gland? I'm not sure if it relates to it at all. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

 
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