Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormone disorder amongst women of adult reproductive age.
The exact cause of PCOS is not clear - although symptoms are well recognised, there is often no one single symptom. Diagnosis is based primarily on a patient's medical history and the presence of several of the classic signs - irregular or no menstrual pattern, acne, excessively oily skin, infertility, hairiness or occasionally baldness. Many women with PCOS are hypertensive, insulin resistant and overweight or obese and some may have type 2 diabetes and heart disease. High levels of insulin in the blood stream stimulate the ovaries to increase androgen production.
If PCOS is suspected, investigations are undertaken in the form of ultrasound and clinical pathology.
Diagnosis is usually made after excluding other conditions such as Cushing's syndrome (overactive adrenal gland), thyroid problems, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or increased prolactin production by the pituitary gland. Tests for TSH, 17-hydroxyprogesterone and prolactin are routinely carried out. Elevated androstenedione, DHEAs or testosterone help to confirm the diagnosis. Insulin and glucose levels may also play a role in stimulating the development of PCOS.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Your Blood sample will be analysed at our chosen laboratory based in the heart of London's medical district. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from the UK's largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Profile 1 test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Profile 1 test results.
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