A. Your symptoms could be due to a variety of things, but perimenopause is certainly one of the most likely considerations. All of your symptoms could be due to this reason. I don
I read your symptoms. I will be tested for all the gynecological stuff in October (it's awful how long they make you wait for an appt.).
I am 45 and I have been suffering from memory loss (in the middle of a sentence I forget what to say), night sweats (although for the most part, I am cold), weight gain, a lot of pain before a period, deppression (which I never experienced before), sluggishness, the worst mood swings, bloating for no reason, etc. I suspect also thyroid problems, and I read somewhere that hormonal problems might be related to the thyroid, too.
You are so young to have those symptoms, I am wondering if there is something else.
Hope you can find answers to your symptoms!
You may be entering perimenopause, but there is a chance you may not be. I think the route you're taking is the best one, getting an FSH test and baseline u/s, for antral follicle count.
If it's any consolation, my story may provide some hope, even if your FSH comes back high. I tried conceiving at age 34, and after 16 months of trying, a miscarriage, and another year and a half of trying, I sought fertility help. I went to two different doctors, and chose the 2nd one to stay with. We quickly found out our reason for infertility: My FSH level was 17.6---high. Gave me a 1-3 % of ever conceiving and having a 'live' birth' on my own, without donor eggs.
After trying a high-stim cycle (very costly since my body needed A LOT of Gonal-F, and we were halfway in the costly cycle and couldn't back out then), the double IUI failed and we were in debt, so we gave up. We then decided to accept our fate and dove into plans to get a house built. A month into the builder starting, we conceived on our own. The only difference this time was that I noticed sore breasts, unlike I've ever felt before around a week before ovulation,so we went for it. It worked. I gave birth to a healthy, happy, beautiful baby girl a year ago and it is possible to conceive with High FSH. It may take longer, but sometimes it's possiblb.e
Good luck, and let us know what your test results were. Oh, and btw, I only had 3 antral follicles, whcih was not good at all.
Thank you everyone for your responses, I appreciate it so much.
Hailey's mom, thank you so much for telling your beautiful story, it's really comforted me & congratulations on your wonderful daughter.
I actually read your post right before going to have the antral follicle count done (which I rescheduled) and it helped me stay more peaceful & relaxed. As it turned out, the results were extremely average for my age. Not particularly good or bad. For some reason I feel funny about posting the exact number on the internet so soon after finding out, since it's such an unusual thing to have revealed in the first place. But your story made me remember that numbers don't tell everything.
Anyhow, it seems I am not in perimenopause after all - though I'm still waiting for blood tests to make sure. And most of my symptoms have gone away too, or at least greatly subsided.
It's weird, I thought AFC was a fixed figure, but apparently it can fluctuate too. Does anybody know anything about this? Does it mean that a woman's ovarian function can somehow improve all of a sudden, say if she balances her hormones or something? And can stress & anxiety drive it down?
Thanks again for this desperately needed forum.