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.
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