How accurate are tests for PCOS?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Blood tests can help your doctor to diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by measuring different factors in the blood that can identify PCOS. These different factors include increase insulin or androgen levels. Besides insulin and androgen levels, your doctor might also test for cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels. Blood tests allow the doctor to differentiate between PCOS and illnesses that present similar symptoms.

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