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How Do I Know if I Have PCOS?

How Do I Know if I Have PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects approximately one in ten women of reproductive age globally. Despite its high prevalence, PCOS often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, which can lead to long-term health complications. In this blog, we will delve into the signs and symptoms of PCOS and provide guidance for those searching for the right diagnosis.

Symptoms of PCOS

When a woman has PCOS, her ovaries produce an abnormal amount of male sex hormones called androgens. This condition can manifest in a wide variety of ways from woman to woman—though many share similar symptoms, including:

Why PCOS Can Be Difficult to Diagnose

PCOS is a complex condition that can be challenging to diagnose as it manifests in a variety of ways and can affect multiple areas of the body. Additionally, the symptoms of PCOS are often similar to those of other disorders such as uterine fibroids, polyps or bleeding disorders. This, in addition to the fact that there is no universal diagnostic test to identify PCOS, can make it difficult for healthcare providers to diagnose.

Unfortunately, when PCOS goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for an extended period of time, it can lead to long-term health complications, including infertility, diabetes, heart disease and endometrial cancer.

Getting a PCOS Diagnosis

If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above and suspect you may have PCOS, it is crucial that you speak to your OB/GYN as soon as possible. In order for your doctor to diagnose PCOS, you must be experiencing two or more of the following:

  • Irregular or no periods
  • Higher androgen levels demonstrated through blood tests or associated symptoms
  • Polycystic ovaries identified through an ultrasound

To determine whether you are experiencing the above symptoms, your doctor will likely take a full family history, complete a comprehensive physical exam, order blood tests and conduct a pelvic exam or ultrasound of your ovaries and uterus.

Once diagnosed, your doctor will help you formulate a plan to manage your symptoms, as PCOS has no cure. Treatment could involve lifestyle changes, including a new exercise routine and diet, medications such as oral or implanted contraceptives or, in some cases of infertility, surgery.

Take Action Against PCOS Today

By working with a healthcare provider who specializes in reproductive health, you can receive an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan that can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

The Southwest General Medical Group, Inc. (SGMG), includes OB/GYN providers who are committed to providing patients with high-quality medical care, including those women with PCOS. Our board-certified physicians work to raise the bar for excellence in health care service for our community. To learn more about our OB/GYNs as well as other SGMG providers in SGMG and to schedule an appointment, visit our website at