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PCOS? How Do You Know If You Have It?

I know The Signs But How Do You Find Out IF You have it.. could a routine pap smear tell you??

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SammiGirl07

Asked by SammiGirl07 at 10:17 PM on Aug. 21, 2010 in Health

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  • How is PCOS diagnosed?

    To diagnose PCOS, the doctor will:

    * Ask questions about your past health, symptoms, and menstrual cycles.
    * Do a physical exam to look for signs of PCOS, such as extra body hair and high blood pressure. The doctor will also check your height and weight to see if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI).
    * Do a number of lab tests to check your blood sugar, insulin, and other hormone levels. Hormone tests can help rule out thyroid or other gland problems that could cause similar symptoms.

    You may also have a pelvic ultrasound to look for cysts on your ovaries. Your doctor may be able to tell you that you have PCOS without an ultrasound, but this test will help him or her rule out other problems.

    From: WebMD
    Honestbest

    Answer by Honestbest at 10:21 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • No. Your cycle needs to be monitored to determine whether you're ovulating. You can chart your cycle yourself (read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler and check out FertilityFriend.com for info) to try to figure it out, or you can talk to your doctor about ultrasounds and the like (though he may want you to chart for a few months before doing any further testing).
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 10:21 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • the only way to know 100% sure if you have PCOS is to go to the dr. and get checked out.. You could have alot of signs & not have it.. Or just a few signs & have it..
    Id like to get checked.. but hate going to the dr.!
    MommaTasha1003

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 10:28 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I have normal periods they used to be like clock work for years!! then last dec-fed i didnt have a period then they went back to clock work.. i do believe i ovulate i check my os and cm all the time and i can tell the pattern of my ovulation discharge.. im just a worry wart and my hubby and i are ttc and i keep Reading about PCOS.. and started to wonder lol..
    SammiGirl07

    Comment by SammiGirl07 (original poster) at 10:30 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

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