How to Diagnose PCOS with Ultrasound?

 

Q:
How to diagnose PCOS with ultrasound?

A:
Transvaginal ultrasound is one of the main tools used to diagnose PCOS.

The images found on the ultrasound, in conjunction with the results of blood tests and a thorough patient history and physical, are used to diagnose this syndrome.

A transvaginal ultrasound provides a picture of the ovaries. If there are 20 or more follicles (fluid filled sacs) on either ovary, this is consistent with a diagnosis of PCOS.

Ultrasounds are not recommended for women younger than 20 years old or for adolescents within eight years after starting their periods. This is because the results may not be reliable as young girls commonly have a large number of follicles on their ovaries.

Ultrasound is also not used for young women who are not yet sexually active.

Consult a doctor to decide what’s the best test suitable for you.

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