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Diagnosing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 05:30 PM

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be detected by careful observance of symptoms and by ultrasound.

The following are needed to diagnose Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:

• A single test cannot diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome. The various tests used to diagnose PCOS include physical examination, ultrasound, medical history, blood pressure, body mass index, hair growth, pelvic examination to detect size of the ovary, and blood tests for assessing hormonal levels.
• Irregular menstrual periods: In women with PCOS, the progesterone hormone necessary for ovulation is not produced. This results in irregular menstrual periods, or amenorrhea. Additionally, the ovary produces male hormones which stop ovulation and result in absent periods.
• PCOS is the main cause of infertility.
• PCOS symptoms include irregular or absent periods, cysts in the ovaries, infertility, weight-gain, pelvic pain, depression, and increased growth of hair in face, arm and abdomen. Each woman’s PCOS symptoms are different from that of another.
• Complete physical examination, previous and existing medical history, ultrasound and a pelvic examination are the most important tests to diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome.

For more information on PCOS, see below:

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