I have seen a number of patients in recent months who have come in alerting me that they have been told by their doctor that they have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and would like to receive treatment for it. However, in many cases, after reviewing their health history and looking at their labs, I am left questioning this diagnosis! I wanted to write this article so that you understand the risk factors for developing PCOS as well as, most importantly, the diagnostic criteria to confirm that PCOS is indeed the correct diagnosis in your particular case.
In women with healthy hormones, ovulation occurs about 14 days before your period is expected. This is usually on day 14 of a 28 day cycle. But how do you know when your ovulating when your cycle is irregular? Luckily for us, our bodies are great at giving us cues that we can use to help figure it out.