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What Are The Tests and Treatments for PCOS?

Despite all we know about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), there is still so much to learn. For starters, there isn’t definitive evidence that points to a cause of PCOS though it is believed to be the result of genetic and environmental factors.

What we do know about PCOS is:

  • Up to 10 percent of women in their reproductive years have PCOS.
  • Women with PCOS may exhibit insulin resistance, or the inability to properly process sugar and insulin.
  • Women with PCOS may be more at risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • PCOS is characterized by acne, excess hair growth, and multiple small cysts on the ovaries.
  • Women with PCOS have higher levels of testosterone.
  • Women with PCOS have infrequent or non-existent menstrual cycles and ovulation.

If you meet any three of the criteria above, you may want to undergo a PCOS evaluation with your doctor. PCOS is diagnosed through blood hormone levels and transvaginal ultrasound. If you are trying to conceive with PCOS, your fertility doctor will devise a protocol that restores ovulation.

Want to connect with others who have been diagnosed with PCOS? Visit the PCOS and Diabetes Forum on

Our Patient Care Advocates can help you find a doctor who specializes in PCOS treatment. Contact them at (855) 955-2229.

Watch as Dr. Edward Ramirez explains how stimulation protocols differ for women with this common ovulation disorder:

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