PCOS is a cluster of symptoms aside the confusing period schedule—or lack thereof. Medications can affect your period if your body is stressed to some degree. Your weight also plays a big role in your period.
Ask yourself these questions. If you say yes to a majority of these, then make an appointment with your Gynecologist for a check-up!
1. Do you have irregular periods?
2. Do you have acne or other skin problems?
3. Have you had any hair changes or extra hair growth?
4. Do you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight?
5. Do you have a family history of PCOS or diabetes?
I've just shared this on another thread. Try to look for any of the following symptoms. But remember that having PCOS varies from woman to woman, here are symptoms that could indicate you have PCOS. If you feel any of these symptoms are effecting you then talk to you doctor! Not every woman with PCOS will have every symptom, and you do not have to have cysts on your ovaries to have PCOS.
Symptoms of PCOS:
Reduced menstrual cycles than normal or complete lack of having any cycles.
Some can have monthly cycles but not actually be ovulating.
Heavy bleeding during your period, and spotting in between cycles.
Hair loss on your scalp
Excess hair growth on your body such as your face, chest, back, stomach, thumbs, or toes.
Acne and oily skin
Weight gain that is mostly gained around your midsection.
Miscarriage and infertility
Insulin resistance. This can cause miscarriage, poor egg quality, and irregular periods.
Cysts on your ovaries
Difficulty to lose weight despite dieting and exercise
Multiple positive OPKs throughout your cycle, but no ovulation happens.
There is no one single test that is done to diagnose PCOS. It is more a combination of different test results and your symptoms that will lead to a diagnoses.
Common testing that is done to diagnose PCOS:
Blood tests for LH, FSH, TSH, Testosterone, Prolactin, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Vitamin D.
Progesterone blood test on 7 days past ovulating.
Glucose tolerance test, and fasting Blood glucose numbers to check for insulin resistance.
A pelvic ultasound to check your ovaries for cysts, and to see if they are enlarged.
Hope my message helps. Take good care.