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How can I find out if I have pcos? I have regular periods but have other symptoms like adult acne, excess hair growth, & weight gain.

Diagnosis PCOS. Your gynecologist can perform an ultrasound of your ovaries and check hormone levels. Read more...
See your GYN. If you think you may have pcos, see your gyn. They can do blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis. If everything comes back normal, you can go see a dermatologist to help manage the acne and hair. Sometimes hormones may play a role without actually having pcos and hormonal therapies can be tried from your gyn or a derm (oral contraception, other). Hope this helps! good luck! Read more...

Is it possibly to have hirsutism/excessive hair growth but not have pcos?

Absolutely . Pcos is the most common cause of hirsutism, but androgens are also secreted by the adrenal gland. A block in the metabolic cascade of these hormones can cause androgen elevation. Cushing's syndrome can also cause hirsutism. Some medications can cause hirsutism. There are also androgen-secreting tumors which can cause hirsutism. Occasionally no cause can be identified. Read more...

I've had excess hair growth since I was a teen - including on my face (female, now in late 20s). Someone told me that this could be a sign of cancer?

Maybe. Some ovarian cysts and tumors (not all are cancerous) can cause these changes, but these may also be hormonal, due to supplements or drugs, or birth control methods. You should consult an ob/gyn for definite care. Read more...