How to talk to your

doctor about PCOS

If you think you may have PCOS, it’s smart to see a doctor.
Seeing one can be daunting though
Especially when we think there could be something wrong.
Knowing what to expect and how to talk about it during the appointment can make it less stressful

People more times than not forget to mention something or ask an important question.
Prior to your appointment is useful to write down all the issues you are experiencing and any issues you would like to discuss.
Making note of body changes, pain or discomfort, emotional pain or frustration, changes in diet, fatigue, and sex drive are good points to start with.

The important questions

to ask yourself are:

  • Is my cycle irregular? (either shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days)
  • Is my periods longer than a week?
  • Do I have more hyperandrogenic signs than my peers (very oily skin, acne, hair growth on face /legs or lower abdomen?
  • If you are trying to fall pregnant, how many months or years have you been trying?

Whilst with your doctor

be prepared for:

  • Questions about your menstrual cycle and your health
  • Questions about whether other people in your family have similar symptoms
  • A physical examination that includes checking your skin and measuring your body mass index (BMI) and waist size
  • Checking for water retention
  • A transvaginal ultrasound to check your ovaries (at Gynaecologists)
  • A blood test to check your hormone levels including insulin, FSH, LH, oestradiol, progesterone, DHEAS, Androstenedione and Free Androgen Index or free testosterone and blood sugar levels…

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