So glad to be of help! Im still a big newbie at Ori's diet and work as well but I am no newbie at digging and researching information
I have to say that my doctor is a Catholic (I go to CHW Healthcare which is Catholic Health Care) and a year ago i asked him to put me back on BCP to help with my cycles and he would not prescribe it and suggested this before but I never followed through. In a way I have to truly thank the guy for sticking to his guns and promoting a natural method instead regardless because I feel confident that I am going to benefit much more in the end. Now I will follow through. You can take a few classes with a certified instructor which is what Im doing.
If you feel you need to get a hormone testing done.... and if getting testing via blood test or any other thing that you request of your doctor is an uphill battle, make sure you state your case firmly
to get them to agree to it. Do your homework on any symptoms you may have for whatever your issues are and list them off.
example would be... "I have been doing some research and I think I have PCOS because i have facial hair, my periods are irregular, PMS, blah bla bla... and i was diagnosed with X several years ago. I want to get my hormones tested as well to see if that could be the cause" You have to be active in self-advocacy.
I know that insurances may sometimes decline it and the doc will come back but you really have to push these jerks to do what's right. My Mom had an issue where she knew she had Osteoporosis and wanted testing done because she was having a hard time with her bones and her doctor was a real ass and he basically thought it was in her head and brushed it off. After her complaining for many months he finally did it and lo and behold the tests came up positive. And this was a doc that used to be my primary care.
If im ignorant about something so be it! lol I really dont worry about it... im like a sponge and im always learning something new
I hope my blabbing and sharing info is able to help you.
Anohter thing to keep in mind is your age. Premenopause is between 35-50 and if you are close or near your mid to late 30s it is good to get in the saddle and get a reading on your hormones and really chart your cycles.
here is another website i found while fishing on google. there is a link to a hormone profile test.
Now I dont own the AED book but supplements you should be taking are:
Omega 3s (fish oil and/or flax oil)
Evening Primrose Oil
B12 (i think)
dont take my word for it and like you said its true ignorance is not bliss... the net is a great place to find answers.
Good luck and if I feel up to sharing, I'll report back.