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What are the odds that I have polycystic ovaries if I cannot lose weight?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Too non-specific

Close to 50% of women with pcos are overweight, but conversely 50% are normal weight or below.
Body weight is not one of the diagnostic criteria for pcos because it is so non-specific. So trouble losing weight by-itself doesn't point that way. The diagnostic findings are: irregular periods, clinical or blood evidence of excess androgen, and/or polycystic appearance on ultrasound.

In brief: Too non-specific

Close to 50% of women with pcos are overweight, but conversely 50% are normal weight or below.
Body weight is not one of the diagnostic criteria for pcos because it is so non-specific. So trouble losing weight by-itself doesn't point that way. The diagnostic findings are: irregular periods, clinical or blood evidence of excess androgen, and/or polycystic appearance on ultrasound.
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