Re: What medical tests are required to diagnose PCOS?

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Posted by on May 09, 19100 at 07:03:36:

In Reply to: What medical tests are required to diagnose PCOS? posted by Holly Baird on May 07, 19100 at 19:31:53:

: I am 23 and believe that I have PCOS. I had irregular periods from ages 12-16 (going a full year without one), at which time I was put on the bcp. I've had significant facial hair growth since age 14, a history of acne, I am about 15-20 lbs overweight, sex is sometimes painful, and I am always fatigued. AFter asking 3 doctors about PCOS over the past 2 years, my current doctor has finally told me to get a pelvic ultrasound in order to diagnose PCOS. HOwever, I've heard of people getting blood tests... Is this necessary for a diagnosis? What if my ultrasound doesn't show anything? Could I still have a diagnosis of PCOS, which could possibly be shown by blood testing? I'd appreciate any information. Thank you!

Pcos is a constellation of symptoms - not getting periods and increases in androgens which can cause excessive hair or hair loss. In many patients you will also find the classic polycystic appearing ovaries and hence the name of the syndrome. However, in 20% of normal women you may also find the appearance of polycystic appearing ovaries without evidence of the syndrome. Therefore, sonogram is not the only way to make the diagnosis. Given your description you deserve a workup amnd should reconsult your physician or see a specialist.

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