1. If you’re on birth control you will need to come off it for three months before doing blood tests. This will ensure accurate results.
2. If you’re not on birth control and have irregular or no periods, your doctor can help you determine the best time to take a test.
3. In the tables that follow, you’ll see the term ‘normal range’. This shows the range of results observed in healthy people. These measurements vary from lab to lab.
4. Your hormone levels should always be assessed in relationship to each other, along with other signs such as acne, weight gain, and period-related abnormalities. For example, if your LH is much higher than your FSH, this is a strong indicator of PCOS.
5. PCOS is a complex condition and not all cases will present with obvious markers. Make sure the healthcare professional assessing your results is familiar with the condition so that they don’t miss atypical presentations.