Diagnosis for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

There is no single distinctive examination or fertility test to diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), however, PCOS patients usually have elevated androgens (male hormones) and cysts can often be observed on the ovaries. There is a strong association between PCOS and insulin resistance with at least 50 percent of women with PCOS being insulin resistant.

Several blood tests and exams will be conducted including:

  • Elevated free testosterone 
  • Elevated dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)  
  • Low sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) 
  • Insulin resistance often the underlying cause of PCOS measured by the 2 hour glucose tolerance test
  • Elevated Lutenizing Hormone (LH) when compared to Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Ovarian Cysts as seen through an ultrasound. Although, not everyone with PCOS has ovarian cysts and not everyone with ovarian cysts has PCOS
  • Abnormal cholesterol and or triglycerides  
  • Elevated liver enzymes which indicates non alcoholic fatty liver disease

Learn more about PCOS treatment options at the Advanced Fertility Center of Texas or to schedule an appointment at any of our locations, please call (713) 467.4488.


Advanced Fertility Center of Texas is a leading fertility clinic headed by Dr. Michael Allon, Dr. Dmitri Dozortsev, and Mary Turner, WHNP who provide quality treatment for our patients in the Houston and College Station, Texas area.

Memorial City Office & IVF Lab: 10901 Katy Freeway | Houston, Texas 77079 | map
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