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Castasunder Tue 24-May-16 22:15:00

Hello. I've Posted on general health as well but not had a response.

I've had weird periods for a year or more ( every 22 days and and lasting 11 days)
Went to doc today and he's ordered some bloods and a scan. He checked my history and some bloods from last year showed that my LH and FSH were 'out of sync'. He didn't tell me what they were but I could see from the screen they looked to be 7.9 for FSH and 20-something for LH.

I've no idea why it wasn't raised as an issue with me last year. He said the numbers on their own aren't a big issue but that they 'are out of sync' with each other? Anyone know what he means when he says that?
He asked if I had any early menopause in my family, which I don't that I know of but has got me worrying now. He said it probably wasn't PCOS but couldn't be sure.

Is a high LH always related to either PCOS or menopause?

I have one child (9yo) and I'm 37

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Tue 24-May-16 22:27:00

I wouldn't worry. I have PCOS too and both LH and FSH are impacted by PCOS. I was told by my endocrinologist that a normal LH range for women with PCOS is 2-3 times that of FSH.

So, if your FSH is 7.9 a normal range for LH would be 15.8 - 23.7.

I was told this info about 8 years ago so I don't know whether it is still adhered to.

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Tue 24-May-16 22:27:55

Where were you in your cycle when bloods were drawn? That couldn't definitely have an impact.

Castasunder Tue 24-May-16 22:37:25

I think I was around CD10? I'm having them done again next week, which will be around CD 14 , (but that's just when I was given/able to attend an appointment).

At the moment I'm having a light period for week/8 days before my 'real' period kicks in, leaving me with around 11 or more days of bleeding a month. Tracking my true cycle is harder because of this weird 'fake' period. If I do ovulate, I'm bleeding around 8 days after, meaning my luteal phase is short as well.

If I did have PCOS , would I have symptoms?

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Tue 24-May-16 22:45:35

In my entirely non-qualified opinion, day 10 seems like a bad window to test in. In the days leading up to ovulation, you have a LH surge which could explain the disparity between FSH and LH. However, your doctor should have realized that.

There are a huge amount of symptoms associated with PCOS - some women are lucky enough to get all of them (hmm) and some women experience very little. If you have, or suspect you have, PCOS check out SoulCysters. It's a great website with an even better support forum.

Regardless, if your GP is not able to adequately deal with your cycle issues, demand a referral to an endocrinologist who should be able to help.

Castasunder Tue 24-May-16 23:01:52

Thanks. I'm only at the beginning of getting them to accept that having little over two weeks 'off' from bleeding is bloody awful.
I never even considered PCOS until he mentioned it. I don't have any typical symptoms of it I don't think.

He's going to run a full work up of bloods next week incl thyroid etc, so hopefully it might shed some light?

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Tue 24-May-16 23:06:55

It sounds like he's being proactive! That's awesome! I wouldn't be overly worried. I would think that most GPs naturally go to either PCOS or menopause when there are hormonal issues.

Good luck!

Bugsylugs Tue 24-May-16 23:12:56

Bloods should be done day 2-5 of cycle is from start of bleeding and for PCOS need testosterone level as well. Is GP going to do 'day 21 ' bloods for progesterone for you would be around day 13

Teddy1970 Tue 24-May-16 23:17:03

Yes for fertility issues FSH should only be measured on CD 1-4, otherwise the test is pointless, it should be measured in conjunction with Estradiol and LH to get a true picture of what's going on, and if it's for fertility that you're having these tests, then the FSH test you've got coming up on CD14 is utterly pointless as FSH is going to be high in every woman by that day. Try and get a referral to a specialist if you can. I hope this helps,

Castasunder Wed 25-May-16 12:48:49

Thanks so much. I haven't told him I'm trying to get pregnant so he isn't approaching it from that pov I don't think. I would like to get pregnant soon but have other circumstances that are preventing me from trying straight away. Seeing my cycle in the mess it's in has been worrying me though and of course is leaving me in doubt that I'll be able to get pregnant if I do try. I realise my age is working against me as it is.
I think the approach the doctor is taking is about seeing if there's a reason for my cycle and the length of bleed I have every month. It really is no fun to be seemingly always on my period. I think by the time the bloods are being done next week, I'll be around CD14. Is that going to be any use in terms of anything?

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