A 46-year-old member asked:
How can you test for polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Nancy Durso answered
37 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No single test: To test for pcos you must first "rule out" other problems causing irregular periods like thyroid or prolactin problems. Normally a woman's FSH and lh levels are about equal. In pcos lh is 2-3 times higher than fsh. The total testosterone or free testosterone level may be elevated. An ultrasound may show many small cysts in a classic "string of pearls" sign. The tests cannot be run if on pill.
Answered on Jan 15, 2015
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