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Trying to find out more about hormone levels and what is 'average

By June 15, 2010 - 7:51pm
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Hi Diane :o)

Sorry, I was rambling on quite a bit there..lol

No we are not trying to concieve, as my hubby had a vasectomy more then years and years ago.. we are not looking at reversals or trying to concieve at all.

Just trying to figure what the heck is going on... lol :o)

I know that not being able to concieve is a big sign of both pcos and endo, however due to the hubby's vasectomy... I have no idea whether there are those issues for me...

Thanks for the chart btw, I will be checking it out here in just a minute. Yes, I have heard the hormone levels change dramatically throughout the month. I believe I will ask for the blood work to be redone as I wasn't told to go on any particular days and inturn it isn't too accurate for what it's needed for...

I am thinking I will do the laproscopy but not immediately( job very crazy right now) and apparently you might need up to a couple weeks off depending on what kind of job you have, mine is quite physical.

Yes, my specialist is amazing, and also great at NOT making you feel silly for asking so many q's . She has been very blunt to 'please come see her if I have any questions, concerns, anything'.. she is pretty awesome! :o)

And btw, what is 'normal' hormones.. lol

Thanks again Diane,

June 17, 2010 - 2:57pm
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I am LOL at "BTW, what is "normal" hormones." Exactly!

I am so glad that you have such a great specialist. The best doctors want their patients to have all the information up front, and they will talk with them until they understand it. You found the right person!

Good luck with the blood work, and please come back and update us when you figure things out! (EmpowHering minds want to know!)

June 18, 2010 - 9:25am

Hi, Christine,

You're right, Day 3 is a typical day to test for hormonal levels. And because they rise and fall during your cycle, your levels on Day 18 will be very different than levels on Day 3.

But in terms of "normal" (if there is such a thing!) levels, here is a great chart that tells you hormone levels for FSH, Estradiol and more:


I'm a little confused. Are you hoping to conceive, and are exploring your situation? Or are you just trying to figure out why you are having the pain and symptoms that you are experiencing?

It sounds like you have a great doctor who's right on top of things. Are you planning to do the laparoscopy?

June 17, 2010 - 9:05am
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Hi again... I forgot a rather important detail that I have never been pregnant/had children. Either I was at a point in my life when I didn't want children or with my husband who had had a vasectomy years ago...
Thanx again,

June 16, 2010 - 5:50pm
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Hi Alison!

I actually goofed when I tried to explain more after the q last night... apparently I was only able to do the one thing per day... oops...:o)Sorry for this will be a long one...again any advice or anyone who has had similar experiences, that would be great! :o)
K, now here's the deal...I am 34, started my period at 9 1/2. My husband had a vasectomy over 14 years ago so this makes it hard to tell whether there are fertility issues TTC etc. My periods have been very regular but most of the time the pains are extreme on day 1and 2, flow quite heavy. I also get migraines just as the period begins and about half way through the month. Sadly it was my husband that noticed the migraine timings. :o) Over the last couple years have been having pelvic pains, gradually increasing in frequency and pain level. These are now daily. Almost always slightly to the left or slightly to the right..., sometimes very mild, but still there and annoying...most kind of medium level pain, once severe enough I became naucious and felt I would pass out. I was regulary spotting as well, sometimes at random throughout the month and sometimes after sex.About 10 yrs ago I had CINIII and had cryosurgery for that, and hadn't had a pap until recently ( same man I was with). I had a pelvic and pap , results came back good! YAY!(I have learned my lesson about paps :o( )However it just said inflammation of cervix, bled freely. Then had reg ultrasound and tv ultrasound. They came back saying "multiple cysts bilaterally in ovaries, largest is 1.5 cm's,There is a linear arrangement of small cysts in the left ovary and this makes it difficult to exclude a component of pcos"After that I was referred to a specialist and they did a colposcopy, she then did a biopsy of the cervix "b/c of bleeding and a suspicious appearance of cervix, a lot of scar tissue". Upon revisit with specialist she gave me nidagel(broad spectrum antibiotic). I had no other signs of infection though...This seems to have greatly improved the spotting.. only happens occassionally now. However the pains are still there. Saw regualr doc, he sent me for full blood work upincluding FSH and ESTRADIOL-17 beta. I wasn't informed to go any any particular days but I keep reading these are best done on the 3rd day...sooo, I ended up going on my 18th day...:oS Results are as follows ESTRADIOL 17-BETA : 362 pmol/L and FSH 5 IU/L . My specialist thinks it might be endo and or pcos... has suggested a laproscopic surgery to 'check things out more closely'. I had asked for copies of everything hence all the details... :o)

Thank you so much for your time :o)

June 16, 2010 - 5:44pm

Hi Christine,

Could you tell us what hormones you are referring to (there are hundreds upon hundreds!).

More specifically, what symptoms are you experiencing, and what are your concerns? Have you had any tests conducted, any diagnosis, condition or treatment? What is your age? The more information you can provide, the better we can answer your questions!

June 15, 2010 - 8:24pm
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