Do I Have PCOS: Quiz
Do I Have PCOS? A Quiz
With the incidence and diagnosis of PCOS on the rise, and better information available to the public, many women are asking 'Do I have PCOS?'
When you see a doctor, there are some questions she will ask to determine if you might have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or something else. Most of the these questions regard PCOS symptoms. Because PCOS is a syndrome (a group of symptoms), sometimes you will be diagnosed based on just your answers, but there are other tests that can be performed to support a PCOS diagnosis or to determine that you don't have PCOS.
Answer the questions below to see if you should talk to your doctor about PCOS.
Do I Have PCOS?
You don't have to answer 'yes' to all of these questions to have PCOS. But the more questions you answer 'yes' to, the more likely a PCOS diagnosis.
Only 1 in 3 women with PCOS have noticeable symptoms.
1. Do you have irregular menstrual periods?
2. Do you have heavy, irregular menstrual/vaginal bleeding?
3. Have you had unprotected sex without getting pregnant?
4. Do you have thinning hair on your head?
5. Do you have facial hair, or hair on your chest, abdomen, or thighs?
6. Do you have acne?
7. Does it seem impossible to lose weight or stop gaining weight regardless of diet or exercise?
8. Have you had more than one miscarriage?
9. Do you have skin tags?
10. Do you have darkened areas around the groin or underarms?
If you answered 'Yes' to some of the Do I Have PCOS Quiz questions
Your next steps.
In an ideal world, every woman with PCOS could simply go to the doctor and get good PCOS treatment. But our world is far from ideal.
If you answered yes to some of the questions in the Do I Have PCOS Quiz and you can see a doctor, you should. PCOS is closely associated to future health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It also is one of the most common causes of infertility.
But even if you can see a doctor, you may not get superior treatment, and may have to take the management of PCOS into your own hands. Many doctors don't know the most up-to-date treatment for PCOS. And the unfortunate truth is that many (more every day) women don't have health insurance and can't afford $100 + for one doctor visit, let alone tests and medicines.
Maybe you can't see a doctor, or maybe your doctor isn't managing your PCOS to your satisfaction. You don't have to give up and learn to live with PCOS. There is good news - many women with PCOS find that they can manage their own treatment with lifestyle changes.
And most of those lifestyle changes will benefit you regardless of whether you actually have PCOS or not. Which means you don't have to wait for a PCOS diagnosis to start getting control today.
Most women with PCOS struggle with getting pregnant, losing weight, and preventing future illness, but we can succeed at these goals, given the right tools. Read on to find out more about managing PCOS, with or without a doctor.
One final Do I Have PCOS Quiz Question
If you took the quiz and now believe that you may have PCOS, there is one last question to answer. But it's a long one.
If I told you that many (maybe most) women with PCOS can overcome, reverse, and live without PCOS by making small but significant changes to their lifestyle, could you believe that without feeling accused?
What I mean is this: many women with PCOS have struggled with the symptoms of it for a long time, and many feel like they've already tried everything. They've given up hope of living without PCOS and moved on to accepting it, and believe there is nothing they can do about their PCOS except manage it medically. If you belong to this group, I can only wish you the best of luck - be persistent and remember that no-one cares about your health as much as you do.
If you have not given up hope, if you can accept that maybe you haven't found the right combination of changes to make, then there may be help for you here. For some people, knowing that they can conquer PCOS with lifestyle changes is the same as saying 'it's my own fault'. That's not true! Of course we have done everything we know how to do.
If you're ready to take on the challenge and see if you're one of the women who can manage her PCOS without medicine or surgery, you might want to start by reading my Losing Weight With PCOS lens. Weight is one of the problems women with PCOS struggle with, to the extent that some believe it is impossible to lose weight with PCOS, but for many, it is possible. Here's hoping one of those people is you!
There are other resources available for women with PCOS, overweight or not. Books like those listed below are written based on sound medical research. Yes, there is plenty of free information on the internet. There is also a lot of hocus-pocus and snake oil, and unless you have a good BS filter, it might be best to stick to authoritative sources. A paperback costs less than most doctor's co-pays today, so it's not like you're out a lot if you decide the book is off base.
PCOS Books - Good resources to support your PCOS Treatment
PCOS is a complex disease/disorder/syndrome. It is generally accepted that there is no one cause...so it follows that there is no one solution. I have found valuable, applicable information in every book I've read - things I can use or do to help me live a healthy life despite my PCOS diagnosis. I maintain that there is no best book for PCOS but all of those below are very good books about PCOS. Buy 2, they're small!