And that’s not all. Nurturing your health with smart daily choices also helps protect against heart disease and diabetes, major health risks for women with PCOS. And while there’s little research specifically in PCOS, a healthy diet plus exercise and stress reduction are also proven to help lift anxiety and depression, improve sleep, reduce fatigue and boost energy – additional pluses that can help you feel great.

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Limitations of direct insulin testing and cumbersome calculations have led to research for indirect serum markers to provide evidence of IR. SHBG correlations to IR as previously mentioned have been inconsistent. Adiponectin is a protein found in adipose tissue associated with both inflammation and insulin action. Recent studies have linked plasma adiponectin level to IR (but not hyperandrogenism) measured by HOMA[56-58]. Serum soluble glycoprotein-130 levels (local cytokine) have been inversely correlated to IR[59]. Resistin plasma levels have been correlated with fasting glucose and HOMA-IR in PCOS women[60]. Inhibin A levels in PCOS women were not found to correlate with IR in PCOS women[61]. Most of these serum markers share common limitations and have been poorly studied. How they might vary with different PCOS phenotypes is unknown. None are adequately compared to IR measured by clamp studies. Their usefulness serially in clinical practice to monitor patients over time and undergoing treatment is also unknown. Some genetic work has recently shown promise. Although far from clinical use, microarray analysis of genes in muscle, adipose tissue and the liver shows alterations in the setting of IR[62]. Serum genetic markers may lead to future genetic techniques to detect and monitor IR.
Lack of ovulation (monthly release of an egg from the ovary) is the predominant cause for infertility in PCOS women, although some individuals also may have a higher rate of miscarriage. In some PCOS women who are overweight, diet combined with exercise can restore ovulation without the use of medications. Otherwise, several medications are available to restore ovulation in PCOS women. Oral clomiphene citrate stimulates FSH secretion from a woman’s own pituitary (located at the base of the skull) to induce ovarian follicle growth. Subcutaneous injections of gonadotropins with FSH and LH can induce the same events, if necessary. Both medications increase the chance of multiple births, although FSH injections are the most powerful. Other medications include metformin, an insulin sensitizer that slowly lowers insulin and androgen levels to gradually induce ovulation with a lower chance of multiple births. Medications that block estrogen production to stimulate FSH secretion (letrozol) also exist, but additional studies are needed before they can be routinely recommended for ovulation induction. Since most PCOS women ovulate following medical therapy, surgery or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are generally reserved for PCOS women who fail to ovulate with medication or have other fertility problems.
The difference there and with many other cows is that they're narcs who believe that they're extremely handsome/beautiful when they're not. Luna knows that she's a fatty watty with cellulite and stretch marks and seems to accept it. Her fucked up body isn't related to her cowish nature (aside from her current foray into sex work, but even then she chose extralunchmoney because of her 'unique' look).
Though surgery is not commonly performed, the polycystic ovaries can be treated with a laparoscopic procedure called "ovarian drilling" (puncture of 4–10 small follicles with electrocautery, laser, or biopsy needles), which often results in either resumption of spontaneous ovulations[74] or ovulations after adjuvant treatment with clomiphene or FSH.[citation needed] (Ovarian wedge resection is no longer used as much due to complications such as adhesions and the presence of frequently effective medications.) There are, however, concerns about the long-term effects of ovarian drilling on ovarian function.[74]
 PCOS seems to be inherited. Female relatives or children of patients with PCOS are at increased risk for having PCOS. Environmental risk factors, including low birth weight, rapid weight gain in infancy, early pubic hair and puberty development, childhood obesity, excess adult weight, and unhealthy lifestyle, are also important and may interact with genes to lead to PCOS (called epigenetics). 
Myo-Inositol es un compuesto que debe transformarse en el cuerpo en D-Chiro-Inositol. Sin embargo en las mujeres con el Síndrome de Ovario Poliquístico esta transformación no es completa y por eso surge el déficit en D-Chiro-Inositol. El aporte que hace PCOS® de D-Chiro-Inositol compensa ese déficit de los cuerpos que sufren Síndrome de Ovario Poliquístico.
La depresión o cambios anímicos también son comunes en mujeres con el síndrome. Si bien se requiere más investigación para averiguar sobre esta relación, hay muchos estudios que establecen una relación entre la depresión y la diabetes. Por lo tanto, con PCOS, es posible que la depresión esté relacionada a la resistencia de insulina. También puede ser resultado de desequilibrios hormonales y síntomas cosméticos del trastorno. El acné, la pérdida de cabello y otros síntomas de PCOS pueden disminuir la autoestima. La infertilidad y los abortos naturales también pueden ser estresantes. Los medicamentos que restablecen el equilibrio de los niveles hormonales o los antidepresivos pueden ayudar a sobrellevar estos sentimientos.
was on a high dose of seroquel for schizoaffective (ended up going off and trying other antipsychotics) but basically i acted like a narcoleptic. i'd fall asleep in the middle of class without warning or i'd fall asleep during a ten min car ride. i was just constantly asleep and it wasnt a peaceful sleep either it was like dead sleep and i woke up feeling shitty. also like all antipsychotics make you gain weight but sometimes it's not more than 10 lbs or so so maybe between that and heroin thats why tuna's not gaining much weight?
Where US is available, CC treatment should be initiated between the third and fifth day of the menstrual cycle and the couple should abstain from intercourse (this is not a mandatory measure) until the tenth day of the cycle (when the presence of dominant follicles with a mean diameter of 10 mm or more is assessed via US). Sexual activity is allowed if the patient presents with monofollicular or bifollicular development. The goal of sexual abstinence until the tenth day of the cycle is to minimize the risk for multiple gestations.

On the topic of Chief, I've been wondering why she's so into him and was attracted to him in the first place. He's just a dirty, ugly, boring, almost middle-aged man, whereas there are tons of younger male junkies who look and act the part of ~tortured artiste~ and would match her aesthetic and desired lifestyle much better. What's the deal? Why Chief? Is he just the first guy who came along who'd shoot her up, and now she just can't be bothered to find someone better?
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Same, anon. I'm pretty sedated always I don't remember what it feels like not be on it but it took me literal years to get here I can't imagine taking 400 off the bat and not be able to sleep. One of the 500 drugs in her system must make it less effective but it's a very heavy sedative. It's not fun tho either. Idk why someone would abuse it. She probably thinks it's the same thing ambien but it is definitely not. She's so dumb it's amazing.
For acne or excess hair growth, a water pill (diuretic) called spironolactone (Aldactone) may be prescribed to help reverse these problems. The use of spironolactone requires occasional monitoring of blood tests because of its potential effect on the blood potassium levels and kidney function. Eflornithine (Vaniqa) is a prescription cream that can be used to slow facial hair growth in women.Electrolysis and over-the-counter depilatory creams are other options for controlling excess hair growth.

More research is needed to clarify the complex pathophysiology of PCOS. No single test is currently available for its diagnosis. Additionally, once diagnosis is established, the options for treatment are of limited number and effectiveness because they target only the symptoms of PCOS. Finally, patients with PCOS have higher rates of metabolic complications, such as cardiovascular disease, but their impact on mortality is not clear. Therefore, more prospective epidemiologic studies on the topic are necessary.
member of aa reporting in. i know a lot na folk and we have a rehab with ppl who come to meetings. usually anhistory of felonies makes it less likely he'll be be able to get a plea. if he has successfully completed parole like we suspect in the past that might help his cause a bit. it's hard to say but they do offer rehab over jail where i am from in the us. sorry for blog post just weighing in.
Metformin has been tested in combination with cholesterol lowering medications. Pretreatment of obese PCOS patients with atorvastatin (20 mg per day for 3 mo) followed by 3 mo of metformin (1500 mg per day) resulted in more effective lowering of HOMA-IR than metformin alone[80]. Other similar data show that combined treatment with metformin and atorvastatin compared to metformin alone produced similar but significant improvements in IR. Combination therapy only showed successful reduction of hyperandrogenism and not IR[81].
Clomiphene (Clomid) is an oral medication that is the most common treatment used to induce ovulation. The use of both metformin and clomiphene has about the same fertility results as clomiphene use alone. A benefit is that metformin may help reduce the risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (see also "What is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) during assisted reproductive technology (ART) fertility treatments. Other treatments to stimulate ovulation include another oral medication called letrozole (Femara) and gonadotropins which are hormones that are given by injection. In vitro fertilization (IVF) and in vitro maturation (IVM) may be other fertility treatment options.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may suffer from irregular periods, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) and acne (pimples). High levels of serum androgens (male hormone) are one of the main features of PCOS. There is no good evidence from this review that statins improve menstrual regularity, spontaneous ovulation rate, hirsutism or acne, either alone or in combination with the combined oral contraceptive pill. There is also no good evidence that statins have a beneficial effect on hirsutism or acne (pimples) associated with PCOS. In women with PCOS, statins are effective in reducing serum androgen levels and decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL), but statins are not effective in reducing fasting insulin or insulin resistance. There is no good evidence available on the long‐term use of statins (alone or in combination) for the management of PCOS.
The effectiveness of aromatase inhibitors in the treatment of PCOS remains controversial. A meta-analysis investigated 78 studies on the use of these medications in the infertility treatment of women with PCOS. Of these studies, 13 RCTs met the inclusion criteria. Six studies compared the use of letrozole versus CC and found that letrozole presented with a higher ovulation rate/patient (OR 2.90; 95% CI: 1.72- 4.88; p<0.0001); however, no significant differences in the rate of ovulation per cycle or better pregnancy, live birth, multiple pregnancy or miscarriages rates were noted. Letrozole also did not obtain better results regarding clinical pregnancy or live birth rates compared with placebo or CC + metformin in women with CC-resistant PCOS. The results of the comparison of the effects of letrozole and anastrozole on ovulation and pregnancy rates in women with CC-resistant PCOS are controversial 41.
Kamel [67] Randomised controlled trial with an active control group. Comparative effectiveness trial for ovulation induction in women with PCOS. Three menstrual cycles. Women aged 21–27 with primary or secondary infertility. Diagnosis of PCOS by ultrasound and clinical history (n = 100). Gynaecology outpatient clinic. Two groups. Group one (n = 50) received Clomiphene citrate 100 mg days 2–7 of the menstrual cycle; group two (n = 50) received 20 mg Cimicifuga racemosa for days 2–12 of the menstrual cycle. Cimicifuga racemosa extract Klimadynon® by Bionorica, Neumarkt i.d. OBF Germany. 20 mg twice daily days 2–12 of menstrual cycle Clomiphene citrate (clomiphene) 100 mg daily for days 2–7 of menstrual cycle. Trigger injection (Human chorionic gonadotropin Pregnyl) and timed intercourse recommended when dominant follicle (>18 mm) was observed on ultrasound. Serum measurements during follicular phase for FSH, LH and FSH:LH ratio. Mid luteal progesterone. Ultrasound observation of endometrial thickness. Pregnancy rates including twin pregnancies. Adverse events including hyperstimulation. Positive outcomes for Cimicifuga racemosa compared to clomiphene for reduced day 2–5; LH (p = 0.007) and improved FSH to LH ratio (p = 0.06), mid luteal progesterone (p = 0.0001), endometrial thickness (p = 0.0004). Pregnancy rates were higher in the Cimicifuga racemosa group (7/50 compared to 4/50) but not statistically significant (p = 0.1). Adverse events (4 women) and twin pregnancy’s (two women) were not significantly different between groups. No detail for diagnostic criteria for PCOS. Confounding fertility factors not described. Drop-out reasons were not reported seven in Cimicifuga racemosa group and four in clomiphene group.
Google searches are catered specifically to you and your past search history. If you visit lolcow on the regular and you do a google search, google will bump lolcow and related sites to the top for you. Even if people in the same house as you visits a site it effects your results. It proves nothing unless you do it from a completely random computer.
A neck lump or nodule is the most common symptom of thyroid cancer. You may feel a lump, notice one side of your neck appears to be different, or your doctor may find it during a routine examination. If the tumor is large, it may cause neck or facial pain, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, cough unrelated to a cold, hoarseness or voice change.
hi dok? my concern din po ako irep. ang menstruation 6mos.hindi ako dinatnan then ngpahilot po ako kc ang alam namin ng husband ko buntis ako sbi nman ng manghihilot buntis ako, then after how many day ngbleed ako ngpacheck up ako tpos sbi nung ngpacheck upan ko hndi ako buntis. then ngayon ngmemens na rn po ako bwan bwan kso pabgo bgo ng mga dates and days ang mens ko. posible po bng my PCOS dn ako?
Some people don't gain weight. It's not the antipsychotic that make you gain weight per se anyway (it does kinda fuck up metabolism thp) but the munchies you get from it. I don't see Luna being able to handle them enough to stay at normal weight if she had it, she's always snacking on shit, it would only be worse with the quietapine generated ravenous hunger.
Other insulin sensitizing agents have been advocated and studied for the treatment of IR in PCOS, principally thiazolinediones. Thiazolinediones stimulate gene transcription that alters lipid and glucose metabolism, decreases lipolysis and decreases fat deposition[90]. Thiazolinediones decrease fatty acid release, suppress gluconeogenesis and reduce tumor necrosis factor α disruption of insulin activity[64]. Pioglitazone and rosiglitazone have decreased IR (measured by clamp studies) in PCOS women[90-93]. Glitazones have also decreased IR by OGTT AUC-Insulin in PCOS women[91,93,94]. In patients with DM, thiazolinediones reduce central adiposity[95], a trait commonly shared with PCOS women. Pioglitazone by way of IR and adiponectin levels also has improved menstrual regularity in PCOS women[96,97]. Adverse outcomes have been seen in pregnant animals with limited to no human data. Therefore, as a class, thiazolinediones are not considered first line therapy for PCOS women seeking pregnancy. Rosiglitazone has even been found to decrease pro-inflammatory markers in human granulosa cells cultured following in vitro fertilization oocyte retrieval, thus showing additional target tissue for therapy[98]. However, these effects have not been adequately studied and have no current practical application.
There is growing evidence that mood disturbances, mostly severe depression, are common in PCOS women , in whom impaired quality of life from body image concerns cause fatigue, sleep disturbance and changes in eating habits. In addition, many PCOS patients report feeling abnormal, unfeminine, and embarrassed due to unwanted hair, often hiding their hair growth and covering their face when talking to others. Understanding how a woman feels about her body image and improving this perception are essential components of any management plan that provides overall health care to women with PCOS.
Shahin [68]	Non-blinded randomised controlled trial.	Women with PCOS and infertility, n = 194.	All participants received pharmaceutical ovulation induction (Clomiphene citrate 150 mg on days 3–7 of cycle); trigger injection (HCG 10000 IU Pregnyl), timed intercourse and progesterone support (oral micronized progesterone). A randomly selected group additional took Cimicifuga racemosa 120 mg per day (Klimadynon®)	Primary outcomes pregnancy rates. Secondary outcomes:	Pregnancy rates were 33 out of 192 cycles (17.2%) for the clomiphene alone group and 71 out of 204 cycles (34.8%) for the clomiphene plus Cimicifuga racemosa group.	Non-blinding compromised the internal validity of the findings in this study. Confounding variables include variations in participant’s and clinicians attitudes and may have led to differences which were unaccounted for between the two groups. However the outcomes are objective with a statistically powered sample size.

Human speak: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female reproductive disorders; affecting approximately 10% or more of women worldwide. PCOS is a big deal because it can lead to infertility and other health problems. The common symptoms associated with PCOS are irregular or no periods and anovulation (meaning you don’t ovulate, or ovulate rarely), increases in androgen hormones (like testosterone) and luteinizing hormone (which usually kicks off ovulation, but is persistently high in women with PCOS), and in some cases, insulin resistance and obesity. There is currently no “cure” for PCOS, just management of symptoms.

Pre-clinical and clinical evidence was found for Vitex agnus-castus for lowered prolactin, improved menstrual regularity and treatment of infertility. Vitex agnus-castus contains a variety of compounds which bind to dopamine type 2 (DA-2) receptors in the brain; reduce cyclic adenosine mono phosphate (cAMP) and lowered prolactin secretion (Table 1). This was demonstrated in studies using recombinant DA-2 receptor proteins, and basal and stimulated rat pituitary cell cultures [38–41]. Prolactin lowering effects were found in normal and ovariectomised rats [49]. Additional agonistic opiate effects were observed in studies using human opiate receptors cell cultures [70].
ok yeah i doubt anyone ACTUALLY said it, but i think if someone did in fact say it to her, they were just saying it to be nice. not because they meant it as an oddly kind insult. but i think luna makes up a lot of the social interactions she has. not the social interactions themselves, but the things people supposedly do or say during those interactions..

This review synthesises the evidence for mechanisms of effect for herbal medicine in oligo/amenorrhoea, hyperandrogenism and PCOS. Laboratory, animal and clinical studies demonstrate that the herbal medicines Vitex agnus-castus, Cimicifuga racemosa and Tribulus terrestris initiate endocrine effects in the pituitary as measured by lowered prolactin and LH and raised FSH. Four herbal medicines, Tribulus terrestris, Glycyrrhiza spp., (alone and in combination with Paeonia lactiflora), Paeonia lactiflora (in combination with Cinnamomum cassia) and Cinnamomum cassia demonstrated morphological changes in polycystic ovaries and steroidogenesis, including reduced ovarian volume and cysts, lowered androgens, improved insulin sensitivity and increased oestradiol.
Aunque el síndrome de ovario poliquístico (que antes se llamaba "síndrome de Stein-Leventhal") se identificó por primera vez en la década de los años treinta del siglo XX, los médicos todavía no conocen sus causas con certeza. Las investigaciones sugieren que puede estar relacionado con un aumento de la fabricación de insulina en el cuerpo. Las mujeres con síndrome de ovario poliquístico es posible que produzcan demasiada insulina, lo que estimula a sus ovarios a liberar un exceso de hormonas masculinas. El síndrome de ovario poliquístico parece darse por familias, de modo que si lo padece alguna pariente tuya, tú podrías ser proclive a desarrollarlo.

Genetics play ng isang papel sa PCOS, at ito kadahilanan ay malinaw naman hindi sa ilalim ng aming kontrol. Ngunit marami sa mga iba pang mga kadahilanan ay, at ang mga pagbabagong maaaring madaling isinama sa aming pamumuhay. Kung makapansin ka ng anuman sa mga sintomas ng PCOS, kumuha ito diagnosed na sa pamamagitan ng isang gynecologist. Bukod sa maginoo mga pagpipilian sa paggamot, maaari mong isama ang mga remedyo sa bahay para polycystic obaryo upang mahanap kaluwagan. Ngunit huwag kalimutan upang talakayin ang iyong mga plano sa iyong doktor. Tandaan na siya / siya ay ang expert!

on bond? he wasn't given bail so there's no way he's on bond. he was ROR'd, he's fine. he's not going to be drug tested until he is sentenced to probation or a mandatory drug program. this will be adjourned and will drag out for at least 6 months, maybe more. he won't need to even think about getting clean until he's sentenced. and he won't be doing any jailtime.
Insulin-sensitizing drugs. A particular medication, called metformin, is usually prescribed.20 Another medication, pioglitazone (Actos) may also be suggested for women with PCOS. These two medications are FDA-approved for diabetes treatment, but plenty of research shows they can be equally effective for women with PCOS, too. These insulin-sensitizing medications can help your body respond more readily to insulin, and better control your glucose levels. Both metformin and pioglitazone can reduce the insulin resistance and high insulin levels that commonly occur with PCOS, and in turn, can reduce high androgen levels.

Chromium ay naroroon sa katawan ng tao sa minimal na halaga, at ito Pinahuhusay ang kakayahan upang magbabad insulin. Ang isang babae na apektado ng PCOS ay maaaring maging lumalaban sa insulin, at maaari niyang harapin ang sitwasyong ito sa pamamagitan ng ubos na pagkain na naglalaman ng kromo. Ilang mga halimbawa ay ang broccoli, red wine, at berde beans. Maaari ka ring kumuha chromium supplement.

Metformin has been studied specifically in adolescent PCOS women. Metformin therapy for 10 mo decreased fasting serum insulin levels in obese girls with PCOS[74].The positive effects of metformin in adolescents wore off within 3 mo of medication discontinuation[75]. Metformin in obese PCOS adolescents has shown improvements in IR by clamp studies, fasting measurements and OGTT after just 3 mo of therapy[76,77]. Other studies have found non-significant trends to improved IR by HOMA and OGTT-AUC in adolescent PCOS patients[78]. Metformin has also been shown to effectively contribute to BMI reduction in PCOS adolescents[79].

Physicians and scientists at UChicago Medicine are also actively pursuing additional solutions for treating PCOS through ongoing clinical trials. In addition, we maintain a current database of more than 700 patients with PCOS. This helps us to monitor progress and changes that may occur over many years of treatment and identify new trends in the disease.

hi dok posible po bang may PCOS aq dahil ang regla q po ay irregular qng hindi po 2months minsan 3months qng mag karoon aq nong dalaga naman po aq regular regla q pero ng nag kaanak aq nong 2010 hanggang ngaun po nag irregular na po regla q posible po ba un sa dahilan kaya d aq uli mag kaanak and ask qna din po f pwd mag take ng pills trust kahit d pa po aq nag pa consult sa OB GYNE tnx po
MRI (or magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a radiology technique which uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer to produce images of body structures. MRI scanning is painless and does not involve X-ray radiation. Patients with heart pacemakers, metal implants, or metal chips or clips in or around the eyes cannot be scanned with MRI because of the effect of the magnet.
Dok. Magandang tanghali po. May PCOS din po ako. 19 years old po ako nung nalaman kong may sakit akong Polycystic. Nagkaroon po ako ng kalive in nun dati aman po e okay yung regla ko tas nung nagsasama na kami nung bf ko hndi na ko nagkakameron akala namin buntis ako 1year akong hndi niregla nun. Hiwalay na kami ng ka live in ko ngayon . Niresetahan ako ng doktor ko ng Provera 5 days kong iinumin tas magtake din daw ako ng althea pills pag nagkaregla na. Okay aman sya nagkakaregla naman na ako. Kaso lang pahinto hinto yung pag inom ko kasi mejjo mahal yung pills . At dahil nga pahinto hinto yung pag inom ko ng pills hndi na din ako nagkakamens . Kaya nagtatake ulit ako ng provera.

Palm jaggery o palm asukal ay itinuturing na isang malusog na pagpipilian kaysa sa regular na puting asukal dahil sa pagmamay-ari nito upang kontrolin insulin at asukal sa dugo antas. Ito rin ay nagtataglay ng isang mababang glycemic index at magpapalaki enerhiya na antas. Ang mas mataas na mga antas ng insulin ay karaniwan sa mga PCOS pasyente, at ito hindi nilinis uri ng jaggery (o asukal) ay maaaring makabuluhang epekto sa iyong kalusugan kapag isinama sa iyong diyeta.

If you’re overweight, many of symptoms will improve if you can lose just a little. Dropping just 5 to 10% of your body weight (9 to 18 pounds if you now weigh 180) can make your body more sensitive to insulin (reducing the insulin resistance behind PCOS), lead to more regular menstrual cycles, and could even help control severe acne and excess hair growth,1 according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Reproductive dysfunction in PCOS women may also be a manifestation of IR. Menstrual cycle irregularity has been correlated with HOMA-IR[37]. Molecular defects in insulin action may be responsible for reproductive difficulties in PCOS women. Although endometrial tissue appears morphologically similar in PCOS to controls and may have similar insulin receptor prevalence, insulin receptor action at the local endometrial level is impaired and may be reflected in lower pregnancy implantation rates[38]. HOMA-IR has been correlated with follicle count in PCOS during in vitro fertilization[39]. Follicular insulin levels correlate with pregnancy outcome after IVF[40]. These are areas of unresolved understanding with regard to PCOS. Proposed mechanisms for insulin reproductive abnormalities include abnormalities of ovarian steroidogenesis, excessive LH secretion and abnormalities in glucose uptake[41]. PCOS women have been found to have post-receptor insulin abnormalities as well as reduced peripheral insulin receptor binding[42].
I'm too stupid to work out how to scroll thru Tuna's previous likes on Tumblr, but that Draco Malfoy crap reeks of bullshit to me. She liked some autismo essay about "what it'd be like dating draco as a non-slytherin" yesterday, it sounds like she made this up after reading it. I've never heard her make a reference to ~Draco or Harry Potter before now, I guess she's trying to fit in with the nerd side of Tumblr.
Some other blood tests are suggestive but not diagnostic. The ratio of LH (Luteinizing hormone) to FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone), when measured in international units, is elevated in women with PCOS. Common cut-offs to designate abnormally high LH/FSH ratios are 2:1[66] or 3:1[62] as tested on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle. The pattern is not very sensitive; a ratio of 2:1 or higher was present in less than 50% of women with PCOS in one study.[66] There are often low levels of sex hormone-binding globulin,[62] in particular among obese or overweight women.[citation needed]