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Physical exam for polycystic ovary syndrome

A physical exam for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) includes checking for:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Excess hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes.
  • Weight gain or upper body obesity and measuring your body mass index (BMI).
  • Acne.
  • Dark skin patches (acanthosis nigricans) on the neck, groin, or underarms or in skin folds.
  • Skin tags (acrochordons) in the armpits or neck area.
  • An enlarged thyroid.
  • Enlarged external female genitals, such as an enlarged clitoris.

A bimanual pelvic exam and speculum exam are also done to check for enlarged or abnormal ovaries.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Anne Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised January 28, 2010

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Last Updated: January 28, 2010
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