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Polycystic ovarian syndrome diagnosis

The diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is usually difficult. There isn’t a simple test that rules it in or out.

You should see your doctor if you are feeling unwell and have any of the symptoms that could be caused by PCOS.

Your doctor will talk to you to try to understand your symptoms. He or she will examine you. You may be asked to have:

  • Blood tests to check hormone levels (such as testosterone).
  • Blood tests to check cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood.
  • Ultrasound scan to look at the ovaries and check for the presence of multiple, fluid-filled sacs (cysts).

Sources:

MyDr (Polycystic ovary syndrome), Jean Hailes (Polycystic ovary syndrome)

Last reviewed: November 2016

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