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Tuesday, November 24th 2009, 8:16am

blood test results

hi im new to fertilityzone was in hospital in pain yesterday,they did blood tests but couldnt interperate the results told me i must take to was 15 days past 1st day of period and 7days after clomid my fsh levels were 4 iu/l lh 8iu/l what does this mean



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Thursday, November 26th 2009, 7:14pm

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Thursday, November 26th 2009, 10:56pm

RE: blood test results

Hi Traceylea,

And welcome to FZ also, from me.

I don't think that these two results have any real significance.FSH and LH are indications of how hard the pituitary is having to work to make the ovaries respond; and whether the ovaries are responding normally. The correct procedure is to test the levels of these hormones very early in the cycle, ie day one or two of the cycle. This then gives a baseline for the pituitary activity, and shows whether the relationship between them is normal. At this point in the cycle the normal values are between 3 and 8 iu/L, with the FSH being equal to, or more usually higher, than the LH.

If these are tested as you approach ovulation then they would be both much higher, as the follicles are being stimulated to grow and to rupture. Once ovulation has been achieved, within a day or so, the results plummet down towards the baseline, the LH taking a little longer than the FSH.

Assuming that your Clomid is doing enough to make you ovulate then the results you obtained on day 15 are compatible with your having recently ovulated, a day or two previously. They do not prove that you have ovulated however. If you were not ovulating at all or were still a long way short of ovulation then you could get similar results.

The relationship between these results and your pain I can only guess at. You might have been thought to have an ovarian cyst, or polycystic ovaries, the latter of which is partially ruled out by your results, and the former is irrelevant to these hormone assays. Or you might just have been having severe ovulation pain, as this can be that bad, and especially when taking Clomid. If they really need to know your valid FSH and LH results, they need to re-test them during the first two days of your next cycle - unless of course you are already pregnant!

Good luck,

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