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What Are The Tests and Treatments for PCOS?

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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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