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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Blood Test


Why take a PCOS test? You are experiencing irregular periods and you think that polycystic ovaries might be the cause. You are having difficulty getting pregnant and want to rule out or confirm polycystic ovary syndrome. You have symptoms such as acne, weight gain, and hirsuitism (excess hair) and want to investigate your male hormone levels.

This is a simple finger-prick blood test for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that affects normal ovarian function.



PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a common hormone problem that can affect fertility and make it more difficult to have a baby.  Many women of childbearing age have PCOS, but most don’t even know that they have it until they begin trying to get pregnant.

This test is for you if:

  • You are having difficulty getting pregnant and think PCOS could be the cause
  • You are experiencing symptoms such as irregular periods, excessive facial hair growth, weight gain, oily skin and hair thinning
  • You know that polycystic ovaries raise your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and thyroid disorders and you want to check your status
  • You want to be proactive about changing your lifestyle to control your PCOS symptoms

The term ‘polycystic ovaries’ describes the appearance of the ovaries on an ultrasound scan – they contain many small follicles (perhaps ten or more) and the dominant follicle does not develop as easily. Many of the small follicles produce differing levels of hormones.

Investigations of PCOS focus initially on medical history, incidence of irregular periods (or none at all) and the existence of high levels of male hormones (androgens) in the body.

Please remember though, these tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

How to use

Please take your sample before 10am.

Take this PCOS test two to five days after the start of your period, preferably on day three. It can be taken any time if you do not.



LH: Luteinising Hormone (LH) is produced by the pituitary gland and is important for male and female fertility. In women it governs the menstrual cycle, peaking before ovulation. In men it stimulates the production of testosterone.

Testosterone:Testosterone is the sex hormone produced by the testes in men. It doesn’t just concern men though – women also produce testosterone in their ovaries and adrenal glands but usually in smaller quantities.

FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is produced in the pituitary gland and is important for women in the production of eggs by the ovaries and for men for men in the production of sperm.

Free Androgen Index: The free androgen index (FAI) is a calculation used to determine the amount of testosterone which is free (unbound) in the bloodstream.

Results and Next Steps

Taking your home test is simple. Your test kit will arrive in the post with everything you need to collect your sample, including easy-to-follow instructions.

You will need to activate your test kit and create an account following the instructions provided in the kit.

Once you have collected your sample simply post it in a post-box using the return envelope provided.

You will receive an email once your sample has arrived at the laboratory for analysis, and another when your results are ready to view.

Your results will be displayed in your account, along with a doctor’s commentary.

If you are concerned by your results, why not book a call with one of our experts. A free discovery call will enable you to discuss your results and talk through your next steps.

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