Getting the Diagnosis

Getting the Diagnosis

In my blog about the symptoms, I gave you a list of signs that you may have PCOS. If you have not been diagnosed with PCOS but believe you have it, it’s very important to find a doctor. Especially who is willing to listen to you and dedicate time to your condition. You only have to have two out of three of the main symptoms to be diagnosed with PCOS

  • High Androgen Levels
  • Irregular Periods
  • Cyst on the Ovaries

What are High Androgen levels?

Additionally, Androgens are a type of hormones in your body that are produced by the Ovaries, Adrenal Glands, and Fat Cells. There are two main hormones in this group: Testosterone and Androstenedione. WHAT? WOMEN HAVE TESTOSTERONE? Yes, we do. These specific hormones are responsible for Puberty, Sexual Reproduction, and regulating many organs function. Having PCOS can cause you to have elevated Androgens, and this information is going to make sense of all of your hormones.

What are the symptoms? How do you know they may be high?

In most cases having high Androgens have the following symptoms:

  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • Blood sugar disorders
  • Acne
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Obesity

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? Notice how the symptoms align with the symptoms of PCOS?

What test do I request?

  • Your Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH) – this is the little hormone that causes difficulty with fertility. Usually with PCOS this level will be low or normal.
  • Testosterone – this is your male-sex hormone. This pesky little guy controls your hair growth, and so much more. With PCOS this will typically be high.
  • Estrogen – This is your female-sex hormone. This is Aunt Flow herself, she’s in charge of your menstrual cycle (or lack there of.) With PCOS this will typically be Normal or High.
  • Physical Exam – I know, I know. This is no fun, BUT a Pelvic exam and a Pelvic ultrasound will be so beneficial in the long run. This will help your doctor identify and cyst or abnormalities on the ovaries, and feel if anything is unusual.

In my experience, once you get these test performed this will help your doctors see if your Androgens are high, and help you get your diagnosis. Ultimately, you have to remember this, there is no single test to diagnose PCOS. It’s a very broad diagnosis that is diagnosed by the presence of 2/3 symptoms. In other words it is very important to self advocate. Did your doctor request labs? If they didn’t request them yourself, it took me four Gynecologist for someone to FINALLY test and target the exact hormone that was causing my issues.

Okay, so you’ve already talked to your doctor. If this is the case they probably put you on birth control and told you to lose weight right? This isn’t as easy as it sounds.
xoxo, Your favorite CYSTER.

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