Why take a PCOS test? You are experiencing irregular periods and you think that polycystic ovaries might be the cause. You are having difficulty getting pregnant and want to rule out or confirm polycystic ovary syndrome. You have symptoms such as acne, weight gain, and hirsuitism (excess hair) and want to investigate your male hormone levels
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women that affects the ovaries – resulting in the development of cysts on the ovaries which can become enlarged. PCOS is a common condition and in the UK affects around 7 in every 100 women. Investigations of PCOS focus initially on medical history, incidence of irregular periods (or none at all) and the existence of high levels of male hormones (androgens) in the body.
Our Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Blood Test includes tests for testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and the free androgen index (FAI) to indicate the amount of available androgens circulating in the blood. It also measures luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH); a high LH/FSH ratio of between 2:1 or more may indicate PCOS.
This test is for any woman who is experiencing any PCOS symptoms and wants to investigate further. Our doctors will interpret your results and let you know what action you should take next.