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Do I Have PCOS?

What To Do If You're Not Sure

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Updated June 24, 2011

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One of the most common questions I get from readers is some variation of "I have x, y, and z symptoms. Do I have PCOS?" or "My doctor thinks I have PCOS, but I don't have a, b, or c symptoms. Do I really have PCOS?"

Because of the way that PCOS is diagnosed, many women find themselves doubting the diagnosis, or in some cases, the lack of a diagnosis. So what should you do if you aren't sure that your doctor is right?

First, you should address your concerns with your doctor. Write down some notes before your visit, and it can be helpful to even bring your research or a list of questions. This can help you organize your thoughts and communicate them clearly.

If at the end of your discussion, you don't feel any differently, you might want to consider getting a second opinion. Try seeing an endocrinologist, a physician who specializes in hormonal disorders. If you are trying to get pregnant, visit with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). Because PCOS is a very common reason for infertility, most RE's are especially used to diagnosing and treating it. Bring your medical records with you (don't worry, your first doctor won't be insulted). This will help your second consult understand your original doctor's diagnostic reasoning.

If you are still unsure, get a third or even fourth opinion. Keep in mind, though, that it is important to pick one doctor for your treatment, so that one person is managing your care, and not several doctors who are unaware of what the others are prescribing. Your health is in your own hands; never hesitate to ask questions or advocate for yourself to get those questions answered.

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