Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which there are many small cysts in the ovaries. These cysts can affect a woman’s fertility because they disturb hormone cycles. Usually women with PCOS have low levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and high levels of androgens (male hormones).
To diagnose PCOS, the doctor will ask about your medical history and perform a physical examination to check for weight gain, acne, extra body hair, darkened skin, or high blood pressure. During a pelvic exam, the doctor will feel for cysts on the ovaries.
You’ll also have a number of blood tests to measure androgens, insulin, and other hormone levels. You may also have a vaginal ultrasound.
If you think your or someone you know has PCOS consult with your doctor. I was diagnosed with PCOS around the age of 12 which is unheard of. My pediatrician told me I had it based on my symptoms and bloodwork. I am so grateful to have had a doctor who knew what it was and told me because not getting my period for months and all the symptoms made sense. Also when I was ready to conceive I knew it would be an issue due to my diagnosis.
There is no cure but there are ways to manage symptoms.