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PCOS quiz: How much do you know about polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is thought to be one of the most common hormone disorders, but finding accurate information about it can be tough. It’s rarely talked about in health class, and the symptoms of PCOS are often mixed up with other conditions like endometriosis. 

PCOS happens when you have an imbalance of reproductive hormones. One of the symptoms it can result in is irregular periods but not everyone with PCOS will experience this. So how much do you know about the condition that affects around one in 10 women globally? 

To really understand what PCOS is and how it can affect you, take this quiz. It might help you fill in your knowledge gaps about irregular cycles and give you a few handy facts to take to your next trivia night.

This quiz is designed to help you learn more about PCOS in general, but it is for educational purposes only. The symptoms and treatment options for PCOS can differ for every person, and if you notice any signs of PCOS, you should reach out to your doctor for advice.

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How many women of reproductive age in the United States are estimated to have PCOS?

2% to 5%
14%
6% to 12%
25%
10% to 15%
34%
12% to 18%
25%
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Which symptoms do doctors look for in order to diagnose PCOS?

Irregular periods
15%
High levels of the hormone androgen (which can result in acne and hair growth on your face, arms, and chest)
14%
Cysts on your ovaries
6%
All of the above
62%
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Do people with PCOS always develop cysts?

Yes, it’s the main way your doctor will diagnose you
16%
No, not everyone will experience this symptom
55%
If you don’t have cysts, it isn’t PCOS
5%
Yes, but cysts might come and go
22%
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How exactly can PCOS affect your periods?

Your periods might be far apart, meaning your cycle is long (your cycle is longer than 35 days)
14%
You may often miss your period
8%
Your period may stop altogether
3%
All of the above
74%
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What causes PCOS?

Lifestyle choices
23%
Hormonal birth control
10%
Doctors don’t know
62%
Starting your period early
4%
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How can PCOS affect your hair?

It can cause the hair on your body to grow quicker and thicker (called hirsutism)
22%
It can cause the hair on your head to thin
9%
It never impacts your hair at all
3%
A combination of the first two answers
66%
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How can PCOS affect your skin?

It can make your skin oily and more prone to acne
82%
It can make your skin very dry
8%
It can cause a rash
5%
It never affects the skin on your face or body
6%
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Which tests do doctors use to help to diagnose PCOS?

There aren’t any tests for PCOS because they don’t know what causes it
20%
Blood tests and ultrasound scans
73%
A urine test
4%
An MRI scan
3%
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How can you manage your PCOS symptoms?

Changing your diet and exercise schedule
13%
Hormonal birth control (like the contraceptive pill, patch, or intrauterine device)
7%
Medication that blocks hormones
3%
All of the above
77%
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Can you still get pregnant if you have PCOS?

Yes, it doesn’t affect fertility at all
6%
No, it’s impossible to become pregnant if you have PCOS
5%
Yes, but it might be a bit more difficult
85%
No, you shouldn’t try to conceive if you have PCOS
4%
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PCOS has been linked to an increased risk of developing other health complications. Which ones?

Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
11%
High blood cholesterols and fats
4%
Cardiovascular disease (conditions affecting your heart and blood vessels)
4%
All of the above
81%
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When should you speak to your doctor if you think you have PCOS?

Only after you’ve had a year of irregular cycles
11%
If you notice a change in your cycle or any other sign of PCOS
75%
Only if you’ve not been able to conceive for six months
5%
Only when your doctor identifies that you might have PCOS during another routine checkup
9%
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