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Lab test every woman with PCOS should do

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If you have PCOS you may have a variety of symptoms, such as irregular menstrual cycles or signs of elevated androgen levels, such as acne and abnormal hair growth. Unlike other medical diseases, PCOS is diagnosed mostly through a process of elimination. The condition can't be diagnosed with a single blood test. Rather, your healthcare provider will compile evidence from blood tests, imaging studies, and a pelvic exam to support the PCOS diagnosis.

Here are lab tests every woman with PCOS symptoms should do

1 17-Hydroxyprogesterone Test

This blood test is also known as 17-OHP, and it can be used to detect hormones produced by the stress hormone cortisol. It can also be used to determine the presence of late-onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia, another medical condition that has similar symptoms to PCOS.

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2 Thyroid Function Tests

This blood test is used to rule out thyroid disease as a cause of irregular periods because women with hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism tend to suffer from menstrual irregularities which are common symptoms of PCOS.

3 Prolactin test

Prolactin is a hormone that promotes lactation in women. Over secretion of this hormone can lead to irregular periods and under secretion can lead to no period at all. Your doctor will perform an MRI of your pituitary gland to test whether a tumor called prolactinoma is involved.

4 Testosterone blood test

Testosterone is a male hormone that is responsible for secondary male sex characteristics and PCOS symptoms like hirsutism, acne, and irregular periods. This test will help detect whether you are producing testosterone to determine if you have PCOS.

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