Thursday, May 2, 2013

PCOS Testing

There are many types of tests that are run to determine if you have PCOS. 

This is from the PCOS Foundation on Testing for PCOS

"Types of Testing

Medical History
Your doctor should gather information about your past and family medical history, including questions about your menstrual cycles in detail, pregnancy history or infertility, weight changes, sleep patterns, fatigue, depression, medications you are currently taking, review of previous blood testing you have had and other medical history.

Physical Exam
Your practitioner's exam will include measuring your blood pressure, weight, and identifying your body mass index (BMI). They will examine your body for any signs and symptoms such as hair growth, skin discoloration, skin tags, acne and thinning hair.

Blood Testing

Your practitioner will usually order a variety of tests, some of which include testosterone, DHEA and fasting glucose.

Vaginal Ultrasound
Your practitioner should perform a pelvic ultrasound. This ultrasound is typically performed by a Reproductive Endocrinologist, qualified OB/GYN, or a specialty hospital or imaging center. This test is performed to take images of the endometrial lining and look for multiple cysts.

Try to collect your medical records from previous doctor's visits before meeting with your new specialist, including blood tests, progress notes, ultrasounds, surgical reports or any other type of medical records you may have. You may want to write down specific symptoms or questions that you have for your doctor. When you meet with your specialist, make sure that you feel comfortable that they are the right choice for you."

I am not a doctor. If you have any of these signs or symptoms and think you might have PCOS please talk to you primary doctor about it. They will run the necessary tests to see if you have it.


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