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I came off Femodene 3 months ago and have had no since

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I came off Femodene 3 months ago and have had no period since just spotting. I am TTC and this is getting me very worried. I have had a similar issue before when I came off Dianette (on it for hair growth) where it ook 6 months for my periods to return, but now im worried that I maybe have undiagnosed PCOS. I had bloodwork done for this several years ago that showed normal testorone production but I was taking dianette at the time. Could this have skewed my results? I have a GP appointment in a few days and I really want to be clear on what I should be asking.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
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There are several tests that are done in the evaluation of a woman with suspected PCOS, but one of the key tests can be affected by oral contraceptives. One of the major criteria for the diagnosis of PCOS is high levels of the male hormone, testosterone, either by findings on examination or blood tests of testosterone. The oral contraceptives will frequently lower the level of testosterone, since the oral contraceptives will suppress endogenous hormones of all of the sex hormones. Typically, a person needs to be off of contraceptives for 3 months to be certain that the testosterone level is unaffected.

If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.