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I'm 53 and haven't had a period in 6 years and assumed I was post-menopause.  I had some labs drawn recently and my FSH/LH levels don't appear to be those of someone in menopause.  I don't know what to make of them and didn't know if anyone here could help me.  

FSH -  3.7 {IU/L}

LH - 0.3 {IU/L}

My doctor didn't comment on the results.  

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

My oncologist puts more emphasis on the Estradiol numbers to determine menopausal status. Do you have that?

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=167&ContentID=estradiol

I would have to check my medical lab records to compare my FSH, LH and EST numbers

No, this was my PCP and she only checked those two (FSH/LH).  

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Just now, Arcadia said:

My FSH is 32.4mIU/ml

Range is:

Female (>40) 
Adult Females Follicular and Luteal 2 - 14
Mid-cycle 6 - 40
Postmenopausal 30 - 120

 

Right, mine isn't even close to the postmenopausal range so I don't know what that means.  

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3 minutes ago, Kassia said:

Right, mine isn't even close to the postmenopausal range so I don't know what that means.  

My oncologist said mine is probably perimenopause

https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/perimenopause-rocky-road-to-menopause

Perimenopause varies greatly from one woman to the next. The average duration is three to four years, although it can last just a few months or extend as long as a decade.”

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4 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

My LH was 19.6 mIU/mL

Range:

Female (>40) 
Adult Females Follicular and Luteal 2 - 12
Mid-cycle 10 - 80
Luteal 2 - 15
Postmenopausal  
20-70

My LH was lower than any of these numbers, but she didn't comment on them at all.

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9 minutes ago, Kassia said:

No, this was my PCP and she only checked those two (FSH/LH).  

 

2 minutes ago, Kassia said:

My LH was lower than any of these numbers, but she didn't comment on them at all.

Is your PCP’s personality the “don’t ask don’t say more” kind? I have that kind and I need to prepare lots of questions to ask beforehand.

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7 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

 

Is your PCP’s personality the “don’t ask don’t say more” kind? I have that kind and I need to prepare lots of questions to ask beforehand.

LOL, no - she's useless other than ordering labs.  I need to find better doctors.

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6 hours ago, Kassia said:

LOL, no - she's useless other than ordering labs.  I need to find better doctors.

I forgot that you had issues with your PCP from the anemia thread.

I went to dig my results up. My numbers went from postmenopausal range to ambiguous.

FSH:

Feb 2020 is 91.7 mIU/ml

Sep 2020 is 32.4 mIU/ml

 

LH:

Feb 2020 is 57.8 mIU/ml

Sep 2020 is  19.6 mIU/mL

 

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If I remember rightly from my specialist GYN, LH are the numbers to look for. The other numbers can fluctuate even in menopause. So LH levels are the numbers that determine menopause status.

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33 minutes ago, mum said:

If I remember rightly from my specialist GYN, LH are the numbers to look for. The other numbers can fluctuate even in menopause. So LH levels are the numbers that determine menopause status.

I wonder what that means for me since my LH number was lower than any of the ranges.  It's all so confusing and unexpected - I thought it was obvious that I was in menopause and the test was a waste.  

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