How can you test for polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

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.

Related Questions

Is there a difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not really. The ovaries are polycystic and the syndrome refers to the medical issues related to polycystic ovaries such as menstrual cycle changes, hair growth patterns, weight, infertility, insulin resistance and increased risk of uterine lining overgrowth/cancers. Read more...

I am 27 year old. I am getting pink blood spots from vagina for18 days, I have 33mm ovaries and have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Do I get pregnancy?

Possibly. PCOS interferes with a woman's fertility, but most women with PCOS do ovulate, albeit irregularly, and can get pregnant if having sex. Even if using birth control or taking hormones, you should take a pregnancy test. Another possibility is breakthrough bleeding from an excessively thick uterine lining, a common problem with PCOS. In either case, I recommend you see a gynecologist. Read more...
Not sure. 33 mm is normal for ovaries if you have PCO you need to have 4 regular periods a year to keep healthy. spotting may mean nothing, but do a preg test and if negative make sure your doc helps you have a period every few months. Read more...

I'm 22 and was told I may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- how will that effect me and is it reversible or treatable for life?

PCOS. If you have PCOS it cannot be eliminated or cured. Overweight women with PCOS can improve cycles and symptoms with weight loss, but many with PCOS are not overweight. Medicines, including but not limited to birth control pills can help, for some women there is a surgical procedure that can be used. Read more...

Can polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) be caused by lifestyle & diet?

HCAS. Pcos is best described at hcas - hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation syndrome. It is frequently the result of obesity that produces excess androgens from the subcutaneous fat deposed all over the body; that in turn inhibits monthly ovulation starting a vicious circle of hormonal imbalance that can only be stopped with weight loss and/or metformin/ocps. Read more...

Can I tell me how I can know if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

See a doctor. You cannot diagnose yourself, symptoms are not part of the diagnosis. If you have irregular periods (you skip periods) your doctor can check the other tests for you: ultrasound and blood work. Read more...

Please advise if it's less likely to get pregnant if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)?

Sometimes. Some women with PCOS don't ovulate every month and are less likely to get pregnant. However, if you want to prevent pregnancy, don't count on PCOS to protect you. Read more...