Post # 1
So I got my blood results today to see if I am ovulating. I have been having long cycles. The results weren’t good but they also weren’t bad, I’m kinda confused.
I did infact ovulate at around CD 22-25 so half way through. He said all my levels looked good but he did mention that my LH was 15 and my FSH was 4 after ovulation. I think I have those numbers in the right order, it could possibly be the other way around.
He mentioned that it could be PCOS so he referred me to a gyno. He said that I don’t fit any of the symptomes of PCOS except for those hormones.
Anyone have any advice. I heard that if you calculate the ratios and it’s greater than a certain number it can be an indicator of PCOS?
Post # 3
PCOS is one of those words everyone throws around that’s super duper generic. If there was a hormone imbalance, the blood tests should show it. It actually took me about 4 cycles (each 60 days each) until my doctor could confirm PCOS, perhaps that’s what you’re experiencing too?
I’m assuming by ‘halfway through’ you mean your cycles are 44-50 days, but i’m not sure if you’ve finished your cycle since you had your blood test. Either way its a very long luteal phase if you did ovulate at CD 22-25, so i would assume its either pegnancy, ectopic pregnancy or PCOS.
Sometimes i swear i ovulate two times each cycle, once right in the middle and once about 18 days before AF comes. The first time its confirmed by eggwhite CM, OPKs and cramps, while only the second also has a BBT confirmation. Note, women with PCOS have unreliable OPK results 🙁
I don’t know if my answer helps, I’ve never heard of the ratio calculations before.
Post # 4
I’ve heard of the ratios as one potential way to confirm PCOS, but usually only after you’ve had other symptoms. For me, it was after I complained about the annovulatory cycles, the acne, the weight gain, and the insulin resistance that I had an ultrasound and bloodwork, which then confirmed my diagnosis. My LH was 22 and my FSH was 4. Some theories say that anything over a 2:1 ratio COULD be PCOS, but honestly? That’s not a very good predictor.
If you haven’t had any other symptoms, and the hormones are all that your doctor is going on, I definitely WOULDN’T accept PCOS as a diagnosis. I’m actually really surprised that your doctor would have mentioned that (and get you worried) without some more concrete evidence.
Post # 5
@hwatermelon: I agree that PCOS is definitaly used way to much. It’s stressful to hear that you could possible have it. My cycles have been around 45-50 days with me ovulating half way. I’m going to try using OPK’s when my new cycle starts in September.
@redsmarties: Thanks for the info. I actually have a really good doctor. He only mentioned it cuz I asked what could possibly be going on with the LH and FSH levels and he mentioned PCOS is a possibility. That’s why he referred me to a gyno. It’s stressful to hear it cuz the first thing you see is that it’s harder to conceive and no one wants to hear that. How long have you had PCOS and do you ovulate reg?