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Do you have to have irregular periods or no menstrual periods at all to have a diagnosis of pcos?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Technicality

The "syndrome" of pcos is the condition of having multiple small ovarian cysts in association with menstrual irregularity.
All women who have regular cycles also have a number of ovarian cysts of varying sizes - so technically they have polycystic ovaries as well. (poly means many).

In brief: Technicality

The "syndrome" of pcos is the condition of having multiple small ovarian cysts in association with menstrual irregularity.
All women who have regular cycles also have a number of ovarian cysts of varying sizes - so technically they have polycystic ovaries as well. (poly means many).
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Some women can one or all of the symptoms. Regular periods and cystic ovaries. Irregular periods and cysts. Abnormal blood levels of hormones testosterone and DHEA.
Dr. Joel Pranikoff
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: NO

The rotterdam criteria for the diagnosis of pcos requires 2 out of these 3 conditions: 1.
Oligoovulation and/or anovulation (infrequently or never developing a mature egg, usually associated with irregular or no periods) 2.Excess androgen activity (abnormal hair growth, acne, etc., often diagnosed with specific blood tests) 3.Polycystic ovaries (by gynecologic ultrasound).

In brief: NO

The rotterdam criteria for the diagnosis of pcos requires 2 out of these 3 conditions: 1.
Oligoovulation and/or anovulation (infrequently or never developing a mature egg, usually associated with irregular or no periods) 2.Excess androgen activity (abnormal hair growth, acne, etc., often diagnosed with specific blood tests) 3.Polycystic ovaries (by gynecologic ultrasound).
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