Post # 1
I’m wondering if I can tap the immense knowledge of the bee to help me make sense of some of my hormone results.
My doctor suspects PCOS as I have regular, but longish periods. My periods typically range from 5-6 weeks, but they are fairly consistent and I always get PMS (sore boobs, acne, bloating, etc). I don’t generally skip periods unless I’ve been traveling and jet lagged.
My hormone tests came in today and they are (these were all taken on day 3 of my last period):
TSH: 3.0 mU/L
FSH: 6.2 IU/L
LH: 3.6 IU/L
She looked at my FSH to LH ratio and told me that I probably have PCOS because of my FSH to LH ratio. I’m confused because everything I’ve read previously and heard from a good friend who has PCOS is that the ratio should be LH to FSH, meaning that my ratio is actually closer to 0.60 instead of the 2 that she’s thinking.
Am I wrong? Is she wrong? She wants me to go in for further tests and I’m wondering if I have a reason to be concerned.
Is my LH too low compared to my thyroid? So many questions!
Thank you all in advance!
Post # 3
@marriedbee_van: Have you tried charting, do you have any clue if you are ovulating?
If you are that symptomatic prior to your period starting, I would presume that you ARE ovulating since those symptoms are caused by progesterone, which is the dominating hormone in the luteal phase. If you’re not ovulatin, your Progesterone does not rise, thus, no symptoms – no way to be sure without BBT or a blood draw.
Either way, I’ve never thought about the LH to FSH ratio, which should be higher…. I’ve always verbally said it like “LH to FSH” but if it’s not 1:1 then it’s off, thus indicating PCOS I thought….but I’m not sure. Did she check your insulin levels, your hemoglobin A1c, and/or a testosterone panel (free/bioactive)? Those would be additional labs I would ask for to help pinpoint PCOS and create a good plan for you.
Post # 4
Thank you for the insight!
She did check my fasting glucose, cholesterol and it was all normal.
She ordered follow up tests for iron, prolactin, testosterone panel.
I don’t currently chart but think I will start when my next period starts.
I’ll post my next set of results when they arrive.