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High LH levels with regular periods = PCOS?

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moondip Mon 03-Feb-20 15:06:57

Hi all,

This is my first post to the site. I got the news today that I have abnormally high LH levels from a blood test done on day 3 of my cycle, as well as abnormally high prolactin results (FSH and oestradiol was fine). I did a test via LetsGetChecked, which I can recommend as a service.

I'm 28 with no children and was TTC most of last year - hence going for these tests.

The nurse on the phone suggested this could be a sign of PCOS. I do have some dark facial hair (upper lip and chin), although not as bad as I've seen with some hirsutism examples online. I've also had bad skin for at least the past decade - I still always have at least one or two spots, and I last had flare up of more acne-like spots about half a year ago, and did have full-blown acne all over my cheeks/jaw/neckline from around the age of 20 for couple of years (also with sporadic flare ups elsewhere including back and arms).

From what I'm reading, PCOS is different for every woman, but I am confused by a couple of things: I fell pregnant before in 2016 but decided to have a medical abortion, so I have previously successfully conceived; I also have completely regular periods - circa 28 days cycles with about 3 days of bleeding (4th day is barely significant, just very very light spotting). However, what makes my periods seem strange to me is clotting (they're light periods but clots are definitely there), presence of EWCM mixed with blood, and pain seeming to radiate not from both sides but more to the left side of my lower abdomen. It's hard to know what's normal and what isn't with regards to period pain, but I do always need to take ibuprofen for at least the first day of my cycle.

I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing something similar? I'm trying not to freak out and would obviously prefer PCOS as a diagnosis to something more serious... I've booked a GP appointment for 21/02 to share my LetsGetChecked results as recommended by the nurse and I'll hopefully get referred to a gynaecologist from that.

Thank you all smile

LouMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Feb-20 16:19:24

Hopefully someone will be along soon with some advice, @moondip flowers

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