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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?

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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Fsh (Definition)

Fsh is a peptide hormone synthesized in the anterior (forward) pituitary gland in both males and females. The name 'follicle stimulating hormone' refers to its role in females, namely to recruit and prepare an oocyte (egg) in the first half of the menstrual cycle leading up to ovulation. Fsh is often measured in blood to test a woman's ovarian ...Read more


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

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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What can cause elevated FSH and LH levels and premature ovarian failure?

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

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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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?

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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Does a high FSH level indicate low estrogen or hight estrogen?

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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Can your FSH levels be high and estrogen high?

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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Hello! :) my brother who is in his late 20's is having high FSH level 54. Can you please tell me whether is it alright or if its dangerous? If so what

Hello! :) my brother who is in his late 20's is having high FSH level 54. Can you please tell me whether is it alright or if its dangerous? If so what

Testicular failure: Elevations in fsh suggest that the testicular cells responsible for sperm production aren't properly functioning. It is very important to identify the problem as there may be genetic reasons behind it. Additionally, fertility may be affected. Some centers may be able to preserve some sperm cells if he is en route to infertility. Your brother should be seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can Clomid work for older women with high fsh?

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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Menopause due to high FSH levels. Fat, feeling blah, headachy, zero libido. What can I do?

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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