Dear Robin: “I had blood work done specifically for PCOS and it came back as normal. However, I have many of the symptoms. I’ve been managing my diet and exercise for almost 1 year and don’t see any change. I’m 36 and have been trying to get pregnant for 5 months. I take ovulation tests and they always show as not ovulating. Should I ask my doctor for an ultrasound? What are my next steps after blood work.?” ~ Leah
Dear Leah: I can feel your frustration. You have tried many things and are really trying to take good care of yourself.
Blood work almost always comes back “normal” but that’s just not the case. All that means is that you don’t have a disease yet. You really need to find an integrative practitioner who can help you look at it from a healthy, optimal perspective. “Fine” is a four letter word that is not helpful at all. We don’t want “fine” we want healthy!
In our community we compare our test results to optimal numbers so we know what we’re aiming for to be healthy. Doctors rarely run fasting insulin and hemoglobin A1c, as well as many other standard tests that used to be common, but are no longer run for insurance reasons. So getting a complete panel is very important because you and your practitioner can identify the hormone deal-breakers and work on fixing them.
You can see the blood panel here and ask your doctor for this panel, or see what you’re missing.
Make sure you register for the Natural Solutions for PCOS Online Conference. There are several experts who will guide you around fertility, and other experts who share their expertise on how to heal from the other symptoms you’re experiencing. Insulin resistance looks like it may be a key concern for you. Improving this will also help your cycle to regulate.
We’ve helped many families to get started here at Insulite so we know it can happen for you too! ~ Robin
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