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Take PCOS Quiz to identify your Health Symptoms
Do your health symptoms indicate Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? Take this 5 min PCOS quiz to learn more about the signs that your body is giving to you.
When you take the PCOS quiz, you will also receive Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle tips that you can implement to start managing your health symptoms.
This assessment takes into account typical health symptoms that women suffering from PCOS experience. This quiz is meant for education purpose and to provide you with the likelihood of poly cystic ovarian syndrome. Please consult with doctor for formal diagnosis.
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PCOS Symptoms often overlap with other Health Issues
PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders. Studies indicate that nearly 1 in every 10 women of reproductive age struggle with PCOS.
It stands for Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome, that is a But do you know, you may not even have poly cystic ovaries but still be suffering from PCOS?
In fact, PCOS is defined as a cluster of health symptoms that present differently in different women. That means, no two women with PCOS have exactly same symptoms!
Also, a number of PCOS symptoms often overlap with other hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies such as:
- Vitamin D Deficiency
- Hypothyroidism or abnormal thyroid function
- Iodine Deficiency
- Protein Deficiency
- Excessive Toxin Build Up in the body
- After you stop taking the Birth Control Pills
- High levels of Prolactin hormone
- Eating Disorders and Disturbed digestive fire
Hence, it is really difficult to diagnose PCOS at home. However, PCOS quiz does help you to identify possibility of PCOS based on most probable PCOS symptoms.
Now coming to tests and diagnosis for PCOS.
What tests are done to diagnose PCOS?
There is no single PCOS test. Usually, PCOS diagnosis is based on thorough discussion with the patient to better understand their PCOS symptoms. Also, your doctor would conduct blood tests, physical examination, and ultrasound to check for the following:
- Your family history, which takes the genetic factors into account. It checks for the possibility of insulin resistance running in the family.
- Your diet and lifestyle, which would indicate possibility of insulin resistance, stress, or inflammation triggered PCOS.
- An ultrasound of the ovaries to check whether multiple cysts are present.
- Physical examination to observe visual symptoms that are related to PCOS. This will check for the health of reproductive organs, skin condition, hair, and other related features to PCOS.
- Blood tests to check for hormone levels, hence possibility of high Androgens. This is one of the three criteria for formal diagnosis of PCOS.
How PCOS is Diagnosed?
Now coming to the formal diagnosis.
So, once your doctor has checked on above points, he or she will make PCOS Diagnosis. You need to meet any two of the three conditions
1. Irregular Ovulation
It leads to irregular periods, missed periods, spotting in between periods, and sometimes very heavy periods with severe PMS.
Several hormonal imbalances can delay ovulation or prevent ovulation from happening at all. It also leads to infertility and difficulty in getting pregnant.
2. Excessive Androgens
Androgens are a set of hormones that are present in men in much higher proportion. Hence, Androgens are termed as male sex hormones.
Excessive male hormones lead to growth of male pattern balding, hirustism or growth of facial hair, acne, and excessive belly fat.
3. More than 12 Cysts on the Ovaries
If you have more than 12 cysts, then it indicates possibility of PCOS. Since ovarian cysts are very common, hence cysts may be present in women without PCOS.
Also, some women who have PCOS may not have cysts at all.