Hormonal Imbalance Or Early Menopause?

Question

Asked by Juliantlis90

Hormonal Imbalance Or Early Menopause?

Hi,
I really need some expert advice. A year and three months ago I had my IUD removed. It was a copper IUD, and I had had it in for six years (ever since the birth of my first son). Since then my periods started decreasing in intensity. Going from 7-10 days of heavy bleeding, my period now lasts only one day. Furthermore, a fibroid (3 cm, big) was found in my uterus a year ago. Half a year later it was down to 2 cm, and just three weeks ago, in a follow up ultrasound, it was 1.3 cm (shrinking!).

I had my estradiol level checked on cycle day 21, and it was 40. I had it checked again on CD3, and it was 240. I have also had my thyroid levels checked. All was perfect. I had my cholesterol and blood sugar level checked. Everything is within normal limits (more on the low side than on the high side).

I am worried because two weeks ago when I had my ultrasound done, three functional cysts were found on my right ovary. I am not bleeding more than one day per cycle, and sometimes I suffer from an itchy vagina (and it is not yeast infection). My vagina itches sometimes to the point where I hurt myself. My boobs sometimes hurt like crazy and feel really big and swollen. I had a hormone panel done, and my E2 was 250 and my FSh was extremely low (2.5) Everything else was normal.

I don't know what to do. I don't want to go to a doctor here where I live because sometimes they just test away and give you anything. (I live abroad.) What do you suggest? What could this be? Is it early menopause? Or what is causing all these problems?

Answer

Juliantlis90,

I know it has been over a month since you posted, but I was wondering how you are doing. Did you ever get the opportunity to see a doctor? I know you were hesitant, but that is really the best option. I am not a doctor and can't diagnose you, but it sounds like you have a wide variety of symptoms going on. I don't think we'd be able to give an accurate diagnosis on the discussion board. If you mention what country you are in, perhaps someone in the community can offer up a good specialist in your area. I'll add some links, too; hopefully at least one of them can be helpful.

Please consider returning to the community to let us know how things are going. I'm sure your experience could be a great help to others!

Best of luck,

James

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