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Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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I'm 39 yr old female testosterone level is a 7, estradiol is <5.1, estrogen is 79, LH 4.9 & FSH 5.6 TSH 1.950. Need 2nd opinion r numbers to low/high?

Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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I'm 39 yr old female testosterone level is a 7, estradiol is <5.1, estrogen is 79, LH 4.9 & FSH 5.6 TSH 1.950. Need 2nd opinion r numbers to low/high?

It depends somewhat: On when the blood was drawn, which exact tests were done, and by what lab, but generally the numbers look totally normal. Your pituitary gland seems to think the levels are appropriate. If you have questions, check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Michael Traub
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
14 years in practice
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Can a 44 year old woman with an elevated FSH level in perimenopause still get pregnant with her own eggs?

Dr. Michael Traub
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Can a 44 year old woman with an elevated FSH level in perimenopause still get pregnant with her own eggs?

Yes: It is possible but chance are low. On average at age 44 even with normal fsh values pregnancy rates with ivf are less than 5%. So with abnormal values rates are affected. But it is not impossible. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
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What can cause elevated FSH and LH levels and premature ovarian failure?

Dr. Gerard Honore
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
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What can cause elevated FSH and LH levels and premature ovarian failure?

Ovarian failure: Ovarian failure causes elevated fsh and lh, ovarian falure is mostly due to genetic or immune causes - although we do not know or understand all the possible reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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Consistently high LH level, always high lh:fsh ratio, last result showed 14.4 LH to 6.6 fsh. Do I have insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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Consistently high LH level, always high lh:fsh ratio, last result showed 14.4 LH to 6.6 fsh. Do I have insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia?

Maybe (not) . . .: Can't tell anything about Insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia by measuring your lh & fsh. When you're young & menstruating, your lh & fsh will vary throughout your cycle. Once you go thru menopause, your lh & fsh remain elevated. If you want to determine if you're resistant to Insulin or have high Insulin levels, just measure fasting insulin. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Murray
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
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High follicle-stimulating hormone (fsh) and luteinizing hormone (lh)--what are normal levels at ovulation?

Dr. Michael Murray
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High follicle-stimulating hormone (fsh) and luteinizing hormone (lh)--what are normal levels at ovulation?

Varies: Lh levels peak just before ovulation, usually over 25 iu/l. During the rest of the cycle lh levels should be very low. Fsh levels are slightly high (5-10 iu/l) around cycle day #3 and also peak just before ovulation, around 15iu/l. ...Read more

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Dr. James Rochester
Board Certified, Family Medicine
21 years in practice
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Does prolactin level of 18 suggest pituitary tumour? Ive low T but normal FSH and LH. Low sperm count. Is 18 which is the high normal indicate tumour?

Dr. James Rochester
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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No: Folks with pituitary tumors normally have much more abnormal values. I would not be worried about pituitary tumor with the symptoms and lab values you describe. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Can your FSH levels be high and estrogen high?

Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Can your FSH levels be high and estrogen high?

Fsh relates to: Egg development, not estrogen level, which is regulated by another pituitary hormone known as lh. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Can Clomid work for older women with high fsh?

Dr. Michael Traub
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Can Clomid work for older women with high fsh?

Sometimes: It can. It likely will not work as well. There is no harm to try. But usually more powerful treatments are needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
27 years in practice
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Menopause due to high FSH levels. Fat, feeling blah, headachy, zero libido. What can I do?

Dr. Ester Kwok
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Menopause due to high FSH levels.  Fat, feeling blah, headachy, zero libido.  What can I do?

Talk to your doctor: You may try over-the-counter black cohosh and/or soy protein. These are natural sources of estrogen. After talking to your doctor, (s)he may test your testosterone level, and prescribe it if low. Some people may choose to take the newer types of prescription estrogen replacement for a period of time. Others might choose non-estrogen prescription meds that help to relieve hot flashes. ...Read more

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Dr. Raj Syal
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Does a high FSH level indicate low estrogen or hight estrogen?

Dr. Raj Syal
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Does a high FSH level indicate low estrogen or hight estrogen?

Low estrogen: Fsh stimulates estrogen production. If estrogen is low the stimulation increases, causing the fsh to be elevated. ...Read more

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