Do I Have PCOS? Take a 2-Minute PCOS Symptoms Quiz

Do You Have PCOS?

When something feels off with your periods it can be hard to know what to do. 


Having irregular cycles, painful periods, or other unwanted symptoms can leave you guessing the cause.


 Here, you can take our short 2 minute quiz to help you figure out if PCOS is to blame for your period troubles. 


We also reveal what you can do to take control of PCOS if you do have it.

How to Know If I Have PCOS - Quiz

How to Know If I Have PCOS Quiz
Question 1: How regular are your periods?
Question 2: Does your mother or sister have PCOS?
Question 3: Do you have excess hair on your face, chest, back or stomach?
Question 4: Are you prone to acne or oily skin?
Question 5: Do you have excess weight around your belly?
Question 6: Have you had any fertility troubles?
Question 7: Have you experienced any hair loss from your head?

Making Sense of My PCOS Symptoms Quiz Results

Unfortunately this quiz can’t diagnose you accurately with PCOS.


 But, if you have three or more of the above symptoms or issues, you may want to approach your doctor for further support.


 Remember that many of these symptoms can be caused by other issues. 


I,e you may have gained belly fat due to a change in diet, or as a result of thyroid issues.


 Or you may have naturally oily skin which isn’t a result of PCOS.


But, if, for example, your quiz results have shown that you have excess hair, your periods are very irregular and you have found it hard to get pregnant then it might be worth getting an official diagnosis.


You can use these results to inform your conversation, as well as keeping a symptom diary to accurately record your findings.

Do I Have PCOS or Endometriosis?

Whilst there are some similarities between PCOS and endometriosis they are completely different conditions which require a different treatment approach.


 With endometriosis, uterine-like tissue grows in places it shouldn’t. 


For example you can find endometriosis in the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, and occasionally even in the lungs.


These misplaced tissues respond to hormones in the same way as your uterine lining - that is, it bleeds on a cyclical basis.


But this blood becomes trapped causing pain, inflammation and other symptoms. 


 Endometriosis causes heavy, painful periods and issues with fertility.


Treatment usually involves the hormonal birth control pill, surgery or fertility sparing interventions.


With PCOS - you may have cysts on your ovaries and elevated androgen hormones. 


Symptoms usually involve acne, excess hair growth and irregular cycles.

What To Do If I Have PCOS

Firstly, don’t panic. There is lots you can do to manage PCOS effectively. 


Usually a combination of treatments works best.


There are a range of medications your doctor may prescribe - either to help you manage insulin resistance if that’s a factor for you - or to support your fertility.


But there’s also so much you can do for yourself. 


Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and eating well can all have a really positive impact on PCOS and its symptoms.


And supporting yourself with the right supplements is also key. 


This is because evidence shows that nutrients such as Zinc and Magnesium, as well as natural remedies such as green tea and saw palmetto can address many of the root causes of PCOS.


This is why we have created carefully curated blends that contain all of these key components and more. 


 It’s more efficient and effective to take one supplement combining a range of PCOS treating nutrients than to take a couple of single ingredients instead.


This is because many nutrients work synergistically and you need the right mix in the right quantities for the best result.

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PCOS? Which Type Do You Have?

What Are Common Signs and Symptoms of PCOS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PCOS?

In PCOS, a number of small underdeveloped oocytes (often refered to as cysts) are sometimes visible during scans of the ovaries. 


This reproductive condition is linked to an excess of androgens - a type of sex hormone. 


 The symptoms are varied, and issues with fertility may occur. 


PCOS can often be treated with a combination of lifestyle interventions and sometimes, medications.

How common is PCOS, and who is at risk of developing it?

About 10% of women at child bearing age have PCOS. 


You are more likely to develop PCOS if your mother or sister have the condition, or if they have type 2 Diabetes. 


This is because insulin resistance is a big driving factor for PCOS development. 


Being overweight or obese may also increase your chance of having PCOS, as does having higher androgen levels.

Can PCOS be cured, or is it a lifelong condition?

Whilst there is currently no cure, there are many different treatment options, depending on which symptoms are troubling you the most. 


There are also fertility focused interventions should this be relevant for you.

Are there any natural remedies or lifestyle changes that can help manage PCOS symptoms?

Definitely. 


There is lots of evidence to suggest that lifestyle factors play a big role in PCOS management. 


For example, maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce insulin dysregulation and androgen excess. 


Similarly there are lots of natural ingredients such as Zinc, Green tea and Magnesium which help to target the root causes of PCOS and reduce symptoms.

What role do supplements play in PCOS management?

Supplements can play a big role in PCOS management along with diet and lifestyle modifications. 


For example some studies show that women with PCOS tend to have lower levels of minerals such as Zinc and Magnesium. 


These can be hard to get enough of via diet alone, so supplementing can help to address these deficiencies and positively influence PCOS.


Where can I find additional resources and support groups for women with PCOS?

It can be a little lonely when you first get diagnosed with PCOS. 


But rest assured that there are some great sources of support online. 


You can follow our blog to get insights into the reality of having PCOS and how to handle it.

You can also join the PCOS Repair Sisterhood community where you can share your experiences with others who are going through the same situations.


https://nourishednaturalhealth.com/pages/pcos-repair-program

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References used for this article

1. Pathophysiology of PCOS. British Medical Journal, accessed 26/7/23. https://www.bmj.com/content/379/bmj-2022-070750

2. Kalaitzopoulos DR, Samartzis N, Kolovos GN, Mareti E, Samartzis EP, Eberhard M, Dinas K, Daniilidis A. Treatment of endometriosis: a review with comparison of 8 guidelines. BMC Womens Health. 2021 Nov 29;21(1):397. doi: 10.1186/s12905-021-01545-5. PMID: 34844587; PMCID: PMC8628449.

3. Witchel SF, Oberfield SE, Peña AS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Pathophysiology, Presentation, and Treatment With Emphasis on Adolescent Girls. J Endocr Soc. 2019 Jun 14;3(8):1545-1573. doi: 10.1210/js.2019-00078. PMID: 31384717; PMCID: PMC6676075.

4.Guan Y, Wang D, Bu H, Zhao T, Wang H. The Effect of Metformin on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Overweight Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Int J Endocrinol. 2020 Sep 16;2020:5150684. doi: 10.1155/2020/5150684. PMID: 33014044; PMCID: PMC7519180.

5. Lim SS, Hutchison SK, Van Ryswyk E, Norman RJ, Teede HJ, Moran LJ. Lifestyle changes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Mar 28;3(3):CD007506. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007506.pub4. PMID: 30921477; PMCID: PMC6438659.

6. Fazel Torshizi F, Chamani M, Khodaei HR, Sadeghi AA, Hejazi SH, Majidzadeh Heravi R. Therapeutic effects of organic zinc on reproductive hormones, insulin resistance and mTOR expression, as a novel component, in a rat model of Polycystic ovary syndrome. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2020 Jan;23(1):36-45. doi: 10.22038/IJBMS.2019.36004.8586. PMID: 32405346; PMCID: PMC7206839.

7. ElObeid T, Awad MO, Ganji V, Moawad J. The Impact of Mineral Supplementation on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Metabolites. 2022 Apr 8;12(4):338. doi: 10.3390/metabo12040338. PMID: 35448525; PMCID: PMC9027569.

8. Tehrani HG, Allahdadian M, Zarre F, Ranjbar H, Allahdadian F. Effect of green tea on metabolic and hormonal aspect of polycystic ovarian syndrome in overweight and obese women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome: A clinical trial. J Educ Health Promot. 2017 May 5;6:36. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_67_15. PMID: 28584836; PMCID: PMC5441188.

9. Opoku-Acheampong AB, Penugonda K, Lindshield BL. Effect of Saw Palmetto Supplements on Androgen-Sensitive LNCaP Human Prostate Cancer Cell Number and Syrian Hamster Flank Organ Growth. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:8135135. doi: 10.1155/2016/8135135. Epub 2016 May 4. PMID: 27272436; PMCID: PMC4870347.

10. PCOS. NHS, accessed 26/723. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos/#:~:text=Polycystic%20ovaries,-Polycystic%20ovaries%20contain&text=It's%20difficult%20to%20know%20exactly,do%20not%20have%20any%20symptoms.

11. Khan MJ, Ullah A, Basit S. Genetic Basis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Current Perspectives. Appl Clin Genet. 2019 Dec 24;12:249-260. doi: 10.2147/TACG.S200341. PMID: 31920361; PMCID: PMC6935309.

About The Author - Tamika Woods

Tamika Woods | PCOS Author | Nourished Natural Health
Tamika Woods, Clinical Nutritionist (B.HS; B.Ed), Bestselling Author

For a decade, Tamika battled chronic acne, irregular cycles, mood swings, hair loss, painful periods, severe digestive issues and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). You name it - she's been there!

Tam was finally able to clear her skin, regulate her cycle, be free of period pain and fall pregnant naturally with her daughter in 2020. It took Tam 10 years and tens of thousands of dollars in tertiary education to get the answers she needed to get better.

She didn’t want other women to suffer as long as she did which is why she has dedicated her life to helping women in the same position as she was.

Tam helps women interpret what their bodies are trying to communicate through frustrating symptoms, and then develop a step-by-step roadmap to find balance again. She's here to help you get on track!

Tamika Woods is the author of the Amazon best seller PCOS Repair Protocol. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree (Nutritional Medicine) as well as a Bachelor of Education, graduating with Honours in both.

She is a certified Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) Educator and a certified member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).

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References used for this article

1. Pathophysiology of PCOS. British Medical Journal, accessed 26/7/23. https://www.bmj.com/content/379/bmj-2022-070750

2. Kalaitzopoulos DR, Samartzis N, Kolovos GN, Mareti E, Samartzis EP, Eberhard M, Dinas K, Daniilidis A. Treatment of endometriosis: a review with comparison of 8 guidelines. BMC Womens Health. 2021 Nov 29;21(1):397. doi: 10.1186/s12905-021-01545-5. PMID: 34844587; PMCID: PMC8628449.

3. Witchel SF, Oberfield SE, Peña AS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Pathophysiology, Presentation, and Treatment With Emphasis on Adolescent Girls. J Endocr Soc. 2019 Jun 14;3(8):1545-1573. doi: 10.1210/js.2019-00078. PMID: 31384717; PMCID: PMC6676075.

4.Guan Y, Wang D, Bu H, Zhao T, Wang H. The Effect of Metformin on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Overweight Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Int J Endocrinol. 2020 Sep 16;2020:5150684. doi: 10.1155/2020/5150684. PMID: 33014044; PMCID: PMC7519180.

5. Lim SS, Hutchison SK, Van Ryswyk E, Norman RJ, Teede HJ, Moran LJ. Lifestyle changes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Mar 28;3(3):CD007506. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007506.pub4. PMID: 30921477; PMCID: PMC6438659.

6. Fazel Torshizi F, Chamani M, Khodaei HR, Sadeghi AA, Hejazi SH, Majidzadeh Heravi R. Therapeutic effects of organic zinc on reproductive hormones, insulin resistance and mTOR expression, as a novel component, in a rat model of Polycystic ovary syndrome. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2020 Jan;23(1):36-45. doi: 10.22038/IJBMS.2019.36004.8586. PMID: 32405346; PMCID: PMC7206839.

7. ElObeid T, Awad MO, Ganji V, Moawad J. The Impact of Mineral Supplementation on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Metabolites. 2022 Apr 8;12(4):338. doi: 10.3390/metabo12040338. PMID: 35448525; PMCID: PMC9027569.

8. Tehrani HG, Allahdadian M, Zarre F, Ranjbar H, Allahdadian F. Effect of green tea on metabolic and hormonal aspect of polycystic ovarian syndrome in overweight and obese women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome: A clinical trial. J Educ Health Promot. 2017 May 5;6:36. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_67_15. PMID: 28584836; PMCID: PMC5441188.

9. Opoku-Acheampong AB, Penugonda K, Lindshield BL. Effect of Saw Palmetto Supplements on Androgen-Sensitive LNCaP Human Prostate Cancer Cell Number and Syrian Hamster Flank Organ Growth. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:8135135. doi: 10.1155/2016/8135135. Epub 2016 May 4. PMID: 27272436; PMCID: PMC4870347.


11. Khan MJ, Ullah A, Basit S. Genetic Basis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Current Perspectives. Appl Clin Genet. 2019 Dec 24;12:249-260. doi: 10.2147/TACG.S200341. PMID: 31920361; PMCID: PMC6935309.
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