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FSH result - not happy

Sep 18, 2012 - 9 comments

So my Naturopath wanted me to get all my hormones tested on day 2 because I haven't had it done since last year.  I just got the results back from my doc and am yet to take the results to my Naturopath to discuss.  I am not happy though.  My FSH is now 9 which is freaking me out.  In 2010 it was 6 point something and 2011 it was around 7.  So now it's jumped to 9 - I feel like every year that goes by I am losing my grip on my fertility.  I just want a god damn baby and all I can hear is my biological click ticking like a bomb that's about to go off.  I was so close to fulfilling my dream with Ruby and then totally had the rug pulled out from under me.  This bad news about my FSH is bringing back feelings of despair and hopelessness that I thought I was dealing with.  Why does life have to be so hard.

On a side note my LH is 3.3 IU/L and my Oestradiol is 72 pmol/L - not sure if this is good or not but passed caring at this point.

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by dscoqn, Sep 18, 2012
Also just found out my testosterone levels are very low which is super strange because they have always been too high.  Not sure what's going on with me - maybe miscarrying Ruby has put all my hormones out of wack??  It has been 3 months since I lost her though.  One thing I have noticed, is in the past I have always and I mean always had sore boobs for at least a week leading up to my period and since I miscarried Ruby (have had two periods) I haven't had sore boobs at all.  Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing  - it's good because I don't have to put up with the pain, but it could be bad in terms of what's happening with my fertility.

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by Sherri90049, Sep 18, 2012
I understand that it's concerning to have the number go up, but women get pregnant all the time with FSH levels SOOOOO much higher than that! So try not to worry! I really think since you found the underlying clotting issue, that will make the difference and allow you to be successful next time. Does your naturopath keep an eye on your thyroid, too? From what I've seen, they are better at that than regular MD's. They check the free T3 and free T4 (in addition to TSH) and make sure they are both in the middle of the range or higher.

Not sure about the lack of PMS boob pain. Maybe there is some residual extra progesterone still in your system? I wouldn't think it's a bad thing, though! It seems like you have a good naturopath, so just keep following what she says to do and I truly believe you will be successful very soon. I know it's hard. I totally hear you about the biological clock, but try not to let the stress affect you too much. It can really work against you when TTC'ing.

Always keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, sweetie! xx

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by logigirl, Sep 18, 2012
I can tell you, prior to having my daughter, i was diagnosed with PCOS. Very irregular periods (if at all). Went YEARS (like 5+) without birth control and never got pregnant. Tried some PCOS meds to "jump start" my system, still no baby. Then one day out of no where I was pregnant. It was the longest 37 weeks of my life (I had a miscarriage in 2002ish and i was always nervous).
Since giving birth i've found that everything is "different" seems like my daughter put my body back in order. I am now pregnant with #2, unexpectedly.  prior to pregnancy i would get the sore boobs, when i became pregnant it was gone (although it came back at about 9 weeks into the pregnancy).

My point is, i think birth (or even second/third trimester miscarriages) is almost like a "reset" button for our bodies hormones and give them a chance to level out and possibly even correct whatever was wrong beforehand.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. We may not understand the #'s or WHY they are the way they are but I hope this is your body fixing itself.

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by butterflybabies, Sep 21, 2012
Every month your fsh can fluctuate. Mine have been a 4 ,6,9 in the past

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by Helen72, Sep 21, 2012
fsh varies over your cycle a little bit.  My ob checks it on day 3.  

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by dscoqn, Sep 22, 2012
Thanks for your comments guys!  Sherri - thanks hun, I know in the scheme of things 9 isn't too bad but my AMH was really sh*t and I only got 8 eggs after being on the highest dose of meds so I'm just worried if I have to do another cycle of IVF what kind of egg number I'm going to get. From memory my thyroid came back ok - I think it was around 1 which is good.  I hope you are right about the clotting issue - I think it's probably the cause of my problems too.  I'm really looking forward to my next appointment with the naturopath and seeing what she has so say about my results.
Logigirl -you could be on to something there with the 'reset' theory - I have heard that elsewhere too so maybe you are right.  I have PCOS too which is why my testosterone has always been so high - so now that it's low I'm wondering if it's my body finally balancing out all my hormones.  That could also be why my boobs aren't sore anymore - it could be that all my hormones are more level now because of the 'reset'.  I hope so anyway :)
Lily - yep I have heard that about the fluctuating too - but I also read that your FSH level is always as bad as your highest reading.
Helen - I wonder if mine would have come back better or worse on day 3??  I wonder why she did day 2??

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by butterflybabies, Sep 22, 2012
Totally understand your worry about how many eggs you will get. Remember I only had 4 eggs at retrieval and only 3 fertilize. Try to stay positive when you decide to try again. I honestly think that made all the difference in this last ivf of mine. I also didn't have any clotting issue but my RE put me on baby aspirin anyway and my ob kept me on it till about 30wks of pregnancy. Keep me posted on when you decide to try again. Id like to follow your journey and help and encourage you as much as I can. Take care and keep in touch! Love you!

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by tones99, Sep 22, 2012
I agree with everyone else .. it is not numbers that count .. just getting that right egg/embryo which can happen with only a few eggs retrieved and high FSH .. mine was higher than it had been before when we did the fresh round that we got Saffi off . .it was 8 I think and it had always been 6 before .. and we got 6 eggs with 3 to blastocyst and only 2 of those were any good so it definitely wasn't a numbers game with us .. Saffi's embryo was even the one they froze and the first (best in their minds) one didn't take so it just goes to show that when you least expect it and when you think things are worse off .. that can be when all works out.

I think that your body does know what it's doing after getting to where you got in the pregnancy and is now primed to be pregnant again .. and this next pregnancy, you will get the attention you need so that nothing can go wrong!

I too will eagerly await you starting again and will be stalking you again!

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by Hopefulcb, Sep 23, 2012
I agree with everyone. Pregnancy does some sort of reset on your body as I never had PMS symptoms and now I cry for nothing for like a week prior to AF. I also get worse cramps than I did before.  Also keep in mind that it's not about how many eggs but rather "catching that good string egg". When I got pregnant with Chloe, we had just had a failed IVF cycle the month prior (4 eggs retrieved and none fertilized) and that cycle only had 2 with both fertilizing but not great quality (we did a three day transfer) so you NEVER know. You truly only need one egg!! Hang in there and hopefully your naturopath will guide you in the right direction. You willl successfully get pregnant again I just know it. You will never forget Ruby but you will know the joys of taking a little bundle home soon! Hugs.

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