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How exactly do you get tested for PCOS?

Discussion in 'PCOS Community' started by Tamgirl518, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Tamgirl518

    Tamgirl518 Guest

    Hi all,

    Just curious, do you get a blood test from your gyno or an Endocrinologist? Can they tell from a Pap Smear also? My pap was once abnormal but then the doctor shrugged it off b/c I was young (like 20). I have the facial hair thing but have always since I was really young and have been thinning since I'm 23 (28 now).

    Thanks!
     
  2. sadie_2008

    sadie_2008 Guest

    How to get tested: Blood tests and an Ultrasound of the uterus.
     
  3. alicat

    alicat Guest

    Basically if you have a lot of the symptoms, and your blood work comes back abnormal (high T for example), then you can be classified as having PCOS. That is how I was diagnosed. My symptoms were: hair loss, excess facial hair, weight gain..., my doctor did blood work and my T came back high, so he told me I have PCOS.

    You can also get an ultrasound to see if you have cysts on your ovaries. However, women with PCOS don't have to have cysts to get a diagnosis. I never had 'em. It's just one more test to make a definitive diagnosis!

    You can have any doctor do this blood work. For me, it was my family doctor.
     

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