Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Blood Test
Helps in the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
What is this test?
While no specific blood test can definitively diagnose Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), blood tests are often used as part of the diagnostic process and to assess hormone levels associated with the condition.
Is it for me ?
This blood test could be suitable if you are experiencing:
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles (Periods)
- Absence of Periods
- Excess Hair Growth
- Oily skin
- Thinning of Hair
- Dark Skin Patches on the Neck, Skin or Groin
- Weight gain (abdominal area)
- Mood Swings
How long does it take?
The test turnaround is 5 days.
Type of sample
What is included in this test
Measures the levels of essential hormones that may help in PCOS diagnosis.
Free Thyroxine (FT4) and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) are important health markers for evaluating thyroid function. The imbalance of these hormones may be linked to PCOS.
These biomarkers measure levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats in your blood. Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of abnormal blood lipid (fats). A lipid profile can also help identify the risk of heart-related medical conditions.
Blood Sugar Control
Measures insulin and glucose levels. Women with PCOS frequently have insulin resistance, meaning their bodies produce insulin but cannot utilise it properly. This impairs insulin function and increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The benefits of this blood test
A Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) blood test may be recommended in the following situations:
Irregular Menstrual Cycles
If you have irregular or absent menstrual periods, a blood test can help evaluate hormone levels and determine if PCOS is a possible cause.
Symptoms of PCOS
If you are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with PCOS, such as excessive hair growth (hirsutism), acne, weight gain, or fertility issues, a blood test can help assess hormone imbalances and contribute to the diagnosis.
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant or suspect fertility issues related to PCOS, a blood test can provide insights into hormone levels and help guide appropriate fertility treatment options.
If you have already been diagnosed with PCOS and are undergoing treatment, blood tests may be performed periodically to monitor hormone levels and assess the effectiveness of the treatment plan.
Screening for Associated Conditions
PCOS is often associated with other health conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. Blood tests can help screen for these conditions and guide appropriate management strategies.
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