What is the PCOS Hormone test, and what does it test for?

 

PCOS is an abbreviation of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a condition affecting a woman’s hormone levels, where cysts develop on the ovaries in up to one third of women in the UK.  

This hormonal imbalance can cause symptoms such as irregular, or absent, periods, excessive hair growth (particularly on the face and abdomen), acne, loss of hair on the scalp, and fertility problems. Some women with cysts on their ovaries will have no symptoms at all, whilst others suffer with various symptoms, which may also cause low mood and depression.

Diagnosis of PCOS depends on a combination of tests and the history and examination undertaken by your doctor. The first set of tests for PCOS is our at-home blood test, which is a simple at-home finger-prick collection test with online results available in 2 to 4 days from the time your sample is received at our lab.

What's tested?

  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinising Hormone (LH)
  • Testosterone
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • Free Androgen Index (FAI) (Testosterone:SHBG ratio)

What's included?

  • A finger prick kit and vials for blood collection
  • A clear set of instructions
  • A pre-paid, self-adhesive shipping label
  • Results from an accredited lab within 3 days of receipt
  • Access to your own online dashboard to view your detailed results

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