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Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 5:28pm

A tentative diagnosis

Well, I just got the results from my latest tests: LH 46 and FSH 77 :scared:

Not good, lol!

So I have a 'tentative' diagnosis from the hospital of premature menopause, although I need further tests to confirm.

I'm just curious as to what the difference is between that diagnosis and POF? Also, my blood tests were done on cd30-something of an anovulatory cycle. Would that make much of a difference to those readings?

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Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 5:45pm

Hi Helen,
I am sorry you are going through this :hugs:
My understanding is as follows:
Menopause usually occurs on average around age 50. Premature ovarian failure can occur at any age before 40.
When a woman experiences menopause, she no longer has follicles to produce into eggs and therefore no longer gets her menstrual period. usually they like a whole year without a period to confirm it.
A woman with premature ovarian failure, or premature menopause, may still have follicles, but there may be a depletion or dysfunction of these. Therefore, she can still get her period; however, most of the time her period is irregular, and ovulation doesn't always occur.
Also my understanding is that it's best to test your hormones on day 1-3 of your cycle, but your reading are high all the same.
it's best to have a chat with your consultant as soon as possible.
Take care.

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Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 5:57pm

Thanks Maria! I'm so confused since I do have periods, just not very often. With Clomid I had a 29 day cycle, but they vary and the longest had been 154 days (unmedicated). I had abnormal FSH readings back in 2004 - surely I would've finished the menopause and not have any periods now?
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Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 6:16pm

I think it takes time, and normally they only confirm the menopause if you have no period for a year. As I said, you'll have to talk to your doctor (I'm heading the same way....)x

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Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 6:21pm

Thanks Maria - good luck to you x x x
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Thursday, April 12th 2012, 6:50pm

Well, I just wanted to update this post. I had further blood tests at the end of February - LH, FSH, AMH and E2 - and got the results on Tuesday. My AMH was <1.2 and my FSH had risen to 84. The infertility consultant said that I am currently going through the menopause, and that it could take another couple of years before it finishes, after which time I will be put on HRT. He needs to see me every 6 months until it has been confirmed to monitor my bone density and blood levels. Obviously not the result I wanted, but I haven't given up TTC yet :D

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Thursday, April 12th 2012, 8:37pm

Good luck Helen x

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