PCOS Blood Test (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

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PCOS Blood Test

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder among women of childbearing age. PCOS is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. This imbalance can lead to the development of small, fluid-filled sacs called cysts on the ovaries.

PCOS can also cause excess hair growth on the face and body, weight gain, acne, and problems with ovulation. Because PCOS can interfere with fertility, it's important to seek treatment if you think you may have the condition.

One common diagnostic test for PCOS is a blood test to measure hormone levels. This test can help your doctor determine if you have PCOS and what type of treatment may be best for you.

If you think you may have PCOS, talk to your doctor about getting a blood test. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you manage the symptoms of PCOS and improve your overall health. Thanks for reading!

There are a few different types of blood tests that can be used to diagnose PCOS. The most common is the fasting insulin test, which measures the level of insulin in your blood after you have fasted for at least eight hours. A high level of insulin may indicate that you are resistant to the effects of insulin, which can lead to PCOS. Other blood tests that may be used to diagnose PCOS include the LH/FSH ratio test, which measures the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in your blood. A high LH/FSH ratio may indicate that you have PCOS. Blood tests may also be used to measure the levels of testosterone and other hormones in your blood. Having high levels of certain hormones may indicate that you have PCOS. Talk to your doctor about which blood tests are right for you.

PCOS can also be diagnosed with a pelvic exam. During a pelvic exam, your doctor will check for signs of excess hair growth, acne, or ovarian cysts. Your doctor may also order an ultrasound to look for ovarian cysts. If you have any of the symptoms or test results that are associated with PCOS, your doctor will likely diagnose you with the condition.

There is no cure for PCOS, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms. Common treatments include birth control pills, anti-androgen medications, and insulin sensitizers. Some women may also need to undergo fertility treatments if they want to become pregnant. Talk to your doctor about which treatment options are right for you.

PCOS can affect your overall health

, so it is important to seek treatment. If you are concerned about your symptoms or have any questions, talk to your doctor. They can help you get the treatment you need to feel better.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is intended to help you better understand your health and how to best treat your condition. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

PCOS affects as many as 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. If you think you might have PCOS, talk to your doctor. They can run some tests to see if you have the condition and recommend a treatment plan that's right for you. PCOS can affect your overall health, so it is important to seek treatment. If you are concerned about your symptoms or have any questions, talk to your doctor. They can help you get the treatment you need to feel better.

Sources:


https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/polycystic-ovary-syndrome


https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Polycystic-Ovary-Syndrome?IsMobileSet=false&_ga=2.196948183.2126678062.1612756497-577760996.1612756497#faq1


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pcos/symptoms-causes/syc-20353439?p=1


https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos-symptoms-causes-treatment?page=2


https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/pcos/conditioninfo/pages/tests.aspx

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  • FSH
  • LH
  • Testosterone
  • Free Androgen Index
  • SHBG
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FSH

Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland and is responsible for the growth as well as the development of male and female organs during puberty. FSH is primarily linked to egg development in females and sperm production in males. An increased FSH level in conjunction with Luteinizing Hormone can lead to infertility, low sex drive, and ovarian or testicular failure.

Testosterone

Testosterone is a steroid hormone found in males and females however, its role is amplified in males. It is responsible for the regulation of libido, bone and muscle mass, mood changes and fertility determination. The testosterone levels are prevalent in men during puberty when it peaks and often decreases over age. An increase in testosterone levels is associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and testicular issues in males.

SHBG

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is a protein present in the bloodstream. SHBG is produced by the liver. The role of SHBG is to bind testosterone and oestradiol for circulating in the tissues of the body. The concentration of SHBG is directly relative to the level of hormones in males or females. SHBG is checked to detect low levels of testosterone in males and high levels in females.

LH

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is secreted by the pituitary gland and plays an essential role in regulating ovulation in females and testosterone in males. The menstrual cycle in females is also controlled by LH. A high level of LH along with FSH in the bloodstream indicates a decreased sex steroid production which can be a cause of infertility in both males and females.

Free Androgen Index

Predominantly, testosterone has a significant function in men. Testosterone is bound to albumin and SHBG. Free Androgen Index (FAI) helps you detect any changes in the androgen levels of your body. FAI is calculated for those who suffer from PCOS or Hirsutism for checking any rise in non-protein bound testosterone.

Have you been feeling any of these symptoms lately?

The PCOS Blood Test is suitable for individuals experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

1. Irregular periods

2. Excessive gain of weight

3. Hairloss

4. Infertility issues

5. Abnormal growth of hair prevalent on the face, chest, etc

Why take a test?

The PCOS blood test checks the level of hormones in your blood test. PCOS is a condition affecting females that stops the body from ovulating. It can diagnose the cause of your irregular periods and check for normal thyroid functioning as well as levels of fertility hormones. It is suitable for females that experience abnormal hair growth on their face, chest and other parts of the body. 

10%
of women in the UK
are diagnosed with PCOS meaning 1 in every 10 women has PCOS. However, most of these do not have any symptoms.
26%
of women may have PCOS depending on ethnic background
According to the European Journal of Endocrinology the prevalence of PCOS in women ranges from 2.2–26% (depending on the criteria used) and may differ according to ethnic background.
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Free thyroxine also referred to as T4 . It works to speed up the metabolism and is one of the two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This test will only look to identify free T4 which means the the thyroxine is unbound in the body. Only when excessive T4 is unbound does it symbolise an issue.

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Free thyroxine also referred to as T4 . It works to speed up the metabolism and is one of the two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This test will only look to identify free T4 which means the the thyroxine is unbound in the body. Only when excessive T4 is unbound does it symbolise an issue.

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Free thyroxine also referred to as T4 . It works to speed up the metabolism and is one of the two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This test will only look to identify free T4 which means the the thyroxine is unbound in the body. Only when excessive T4 is unbound does it symbolise an issue.

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Free thyroxine also referred to as T4 . It works to speed up the metabolism and is one of the two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This test will only look to identify free T4 which means the the thyroxine is unbound in the body. Only when excessive T4 is unbound does it symbolise an issue.

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Free thyroxine also referred to as T4 . It works to speed up the metabolism and is one of the two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. This test will only look to identify free T4 which means the the thyroxine is unbound in the body. Only when excessive T4 is unbound does it symbolise an issue.