Menopause or cancer??? Worried sick. Please help!

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Hi there. Im 47 and fit and healthy as far as i know. I've had the merina coil for 6 years so no periods at all. Ive been having a few hot spells recently and my sleep has been awful. i have also become very anxious. I requested a blood test from my GP to see if perhaps oestrogen was falling. He phoned with the results on Friday. I was told about FSH levels. Normal is 10-15. They look for 30-40 to confirm diagnosis of being perimenopausal. My reading was 93!!!!!

Further bloods are being done to check thyroid and inflammatory markers. When i quizzed that i was told FSH can be elevated by ovarian cancer.

I have been shaking all weekend and cant eat. My anxiety is awful plus im so shocked by that 93 reading.

Im a mum of two beautiful teenage boys and im really trying to hide my panic. Has anyone got any ideas or advice? help!

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    Hormone level are not a good a diagnosis method as they fluctuate on daily basis. To get accurate reading they need to repeat at same point in your cycle for 2 to 3 months . I think only true method for ovarian cancer diagnosis is a smear test. So if you're worried get a smear test. Hope this helps.

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      thank you Rachel for taking the time to reply to my panicky post! Yes you're right that FSH changes so ill see what the next lot of blood results show. I wonder whether having this coil has masked a lot of my symptoms and maybe im much further along into menopause than i realised.

      I thought smear tests were only for cervical screening ? Funnily enough i had my routine three yearly one last week so thatll be good to get those results clear. Thanks again for replying to me. Appreciate it x

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      Hi Rachel,

      My FSH levels were high and I'm finally diagnosed with perimenopause. Its good you've got your smear done. Don't panic as Google always points to C! Hence I've stopped googling. I also got bloods done for suspected ovarian cancer and an internal scan. All was normal. Do not panic. Ask for an internal scan too or ultrasound.

      Good luck

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