You might be painfully familiar with the term PCOS through having a diagnosis, or maybe you’re wondering if your hormonal symptoms might mean a diagnosis is on the horizon. Either way, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be a tricky one to navigate.
Because of the complexities and frustrations that can come with PCOS, I wanted to talk about the symptoms that can indicate you may have it, as well as some of the criteria that must be met to be diagnosed with PCOS.
The Rotterdam criteria is the most common tool used for diagnosing PCOS, with patients having to tick at least 2 out of the 3 criteria to be diagnosed
If you’re thinking that your symptoms tick some of these boxes, the good news is that there are clinical tests to either confirm or rule out some of the criteria.
But remember, don’t go Googling your symptoms to self-diagnose!
If you feel a lot of these examples are similar to what you’re experiencing, make an appointment with your doctor and take along a list of your symptoms to discuss. I also recommend pushing for an ultrasound. If you ever feel like you are being medically gaslit, or your symptoms are not being taken seriously, make sure to find another practitioner who will better listen to you and take your concerns seriously.
If you want to educate yourself on your body and your hormones so that you can feel empowered in your doctor’s office, ask better questions, and start seeing results by taking control of your healthcare journey, I recommend joining us inside Balance Your Hormones.