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Low FSH and LH(4 Posts)
I'm not TTC, but I would very much like children (though I'm 34 and not yet in the right place relationship wise..).
I was displaying signs of early menopause, so went for blood tests. It's not that, but I have low FSH and LH, which, by Googling (I didn't get an explanation from the GP, just a telephone call from reception..!) indicates secondary ovarian failure. I have always had odd periods, either very light, not at all, or one in 6 months but super heavy. I'm on the pill now and only bleed very lightly if I take a break, I never have breakthrough bleeding.
Should I just set my mind on not having my own, natural children? I had considered fostering, but always thought I'd do that along having one of my own.
Not sure if it's worth seeing my GP, as they will probably want to know why I care if I'm not TTC right now.. Little bit unsure and numb about it to be honest..!
Hi Daffodil, I know your post is a few months old now but thought I’d reply as I’m in a similar place - 36 and not actively planning ttc but have had bloods done as a general check up and found low FSH and borderline low LH, which as you said could indicate secondary ovarian failure. I do have some medical knowledge and the key thing for me here is secondary - ie to something else going on. From a little reading it seems most likely things would be hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome or prolactinoma. My thyroid function seems ok so I’m getting a fuller hormone panel done to check for the other two. I also have been having increasingly long menstrual cycles.
Anyway thought I’d reply to say there is more investigation you can do yourself - like you I didn’t see the point in bothering my GP with this at the moment and found the hormone panel available privately for £79.
Sorry just realised I should @DaffodilPower you to send a notification :-)
If your Lh is higher than your FSH it could be PCOS. In which case it’s really treatable.