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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Blood Test

If you're experiencing symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), our PCOS blood test can help you get the answers you need. This comprehensive test checks your testosterone levels and other markers of potential underlying causes, as well as your risk for developing heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
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When do I take the test?
We recommend you take this test between day 1 and 5 of your menstrual cycle (day 1 being the first day of your period). If you are not having a period, take the test at anytime. IMPORTANT: If you’re using hormone gel or cream, please use the other hand for your blood sample to the one you use to apply the gel or cream to prevent contamination of the blood sample.
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One in 10 women in the UK live with PCOS

When to take PCOS test

We recommend you take this test between day 1 and 5 of your menstrual cycle (day 1 being the first day of your period). If you are not having a period, take the test at any time. Hormone gels and creams can contaminate your blood sample, so it’s best to collect your blood sample from the hand you don’t apply the cream or gel with, or wear gloves when you’re applying them.

How can a PCOS blood test help?

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to PCOS, such as irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) or unwanted weight gain, a blood test can help tell you why. PCOS causes a hormone imbalance which can lead to high levels of testosterone and can sometimes cause elevated cholesterol levels. It can also cause thyroid disorders, all of which our PCOS blood test will check for. Your results can help indicate whether you might have PCOS.

How to test for PCOS

Our PCOS blood test works by analysing 18 key hormones in your blood that are impacted by or cause PCOS. The test can be done at home and comes with everything you need to collect a small, finger prick blood sample and post it back to us free of charge. You’ll get your results within 2 working days of your sample reaching our lab, along with comments and advice from our specialist doctors.

Frequently asked questions​

This is what our customers ask us most about this test. For more information, try our help centre.

  • What is PCOS?

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common health condition that affects up to 10% of women during their reproductive years. The most obvious symptoms of PCOS are cysts on the ovaries, however, symptoms such as irregular periods, elevated androgen levels (male hormones such as testosterone), and metabolic issues resulting in diabetes and high blood pressure. The underlying cause of PCOS is unclear.

    You can find more information in our guide PCOS: Symptoms & Diagnosis.

  • What are the first signs of PCOS?

    PCOS can often go under the radar, as the symptoms vary from person to person, and can be hard to diagnose. Irregular periods are a common symptom, and could be an indicator of polycystic ovary syndrome.

    If you’re concerned you may be suffering from PCOS, a blood test is a good way to check your hormone levels, and can get you on the path to getting help.

  • Does PCOS affect fertility?

    PCOS often causes a hormonal imbalance, which can lead to irregular menstrual cycles. This can make it harder for you to conceive, but doesn’t mean you’re infertile. If you’re struggling to conceive, a PCOS blood test could help identify elevated androgen levels (male hormones) which could be causing irregular periods.

  • What are the symptoms of PCOS?

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can present with a variety of symptoms, and the severity and combination of these symptoms can vary among women. Not everyone with PCOS will experience all of the symptoms, and some may not exhibit noticeable symptoms. Common symptoms of PCOS include:

    • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
    • Ovulatory Dysfunction
    • Excess Androgen Hormones
    • Polycystic Ovaries
    • Insulin Resistance
    • Weight Changes
    • Hair Thinning on your head or excessive hair growth or Male-Pattern Baldness
    • Skin Changes
    • Mood Changes

  • How can I lose weight with PCOS?

    Losing weight with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can be challenging, but it’s important for managing symptoms and improving overall health. Insulin resistance is common in PCOS, and it can contribute to weight gain. Include foods with a low glycemic index in your diet, such as whole grains, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables. Regular exercise can also improve insulin sensitivity.

  • How soon will the test arrive?

    If you order your test before midday on a Monday to Friday then your kit will be dispatched the same day. All our kits are sent out via Royal Mail first class post, so it should be with you within 1-2 working days.

  • How secure is my data?

    We have strict processes in place to ensure the protection of your data. Following GDPR the company also operates under tight legal rules about the sharing of data which ensures that data is only shared if it is crucial to the delivery of our service. For example, our doctors see customer results at the time of review, however, after review, access to results is withdrawn.

    Learn more about your data security.

  • Can I have someone take my blood for me?

    Yes. We offer two options if you do not want to do our finger prick test. The first is a home appointment where a nurse comes to your home to take a blood sample. The second is to visit a Phlebotomy clinic near you that offers a blood sample service.

    A blood sample will be taken from your vein and we will provide you with everything you need to give to the nurse to allow them to take the sample. The nurse will give you the blood sample to return to us using the pre-paid envelope provided.

  • Does a doctor review my results?

    We have a team of doctors and nurses who look at all results and will comment on any results that are outside of the normal range for your age.

  • Can I download the results to share with my GP?

    Yes, you can download your results from your health dashboard as a PDF to share with your GP.

    Learn how to export your results.

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Recommended by doctors

"Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is common in the UK, affecting around 10% of women. It often presents with irregular periods, hirsutism (unwanted hair growth), poor skin and weight control issues. Confirming the underlying cause for these symptoms and related consequences, through targeted blood testing, can help women make informed decisions about how to address this condition."
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How does a subscription work?

When you purchase this test subscription plan, we will automatically send you another test kit in a few months. Don’t worry – you have full control over when this will be, and you can change/cancel it anytime.

When you first purchase this test, you can choose your subscription options in the checkout. We do this, because we recommend taking multiple tests over time to track how your health markers change. You’ll be charged per test kit (rather than monthly, for example).

Why subscribe to multiple tests?

One test will show you what areas you need to focus on, continued testing will help you learn how your training, diet and lifestyle is impacting your health.

How often should I test?

We recommend a follow up test 3 months after your first test, followed by a test every 6 months depending on your results, but its up to you!

Can I change what’s tested in future tests?

Yes, you can tailor/customise subsequent tests (via your app) to focus on just the areas that need improving.

Blood sample collection options

You can choose your preferred collection method when you checkout

Finger prick kit (FREE)

You can do this test at home without the need for a doctor. We’ll send you everything you need to collect your sample and post it back to us. And it’s all included in the cost. We’ve put together a video that covers the process, making it easy to check and track your health from home.

Home nurse appointment (+£60)

We’ll arrange for a medical professional to visit your home and collect your sample. This is great if you’re unsure on how it all works or have trouble collecting a sample. No need to book a doctor’s appointment or visit a clinic, we’ll send you everything you need to collect a sample and post it back to our labs.

Visit a partner clinic (+£45)

Once you’ve ordered your test, look out for an email from our phlebotomy partners containing information and a link to book your appointment. We’ll send you everything the clinic will need to complete the sample and post it back to our labs.

Organise a nurse myself (FREE)

If none of the above options work for you, you can arrange your own medical professional to collect your sample. There is no additional charge for this. Once you’ve ordered your test, we’ll send you everything you and your chosen medical professional will need to collect a sample and post it back to our labs. 

Still unsure how it works? You can find more information on collection methods and the service we provide in our ‘How it Works’ section.

How does it work?
1. Choose your blood test

No need to wait for a GP appointment, choose from our wide range of tests which come with everything you need to take your sample and return to our lab.

2. Collect your blood sample

Take your finger prick blood sample at home, or choose to have your blood taken at a Superdrug health clinic or a nurse at home. Return to our NHS lab using our prepaid envelope.

3. View your results

View your results on your secure health dashboard within 2 working days of our lab receiving your sample. Read personalised comments from our GPs.

4. Make improvements

With more in-depth results, you will be able to identify areas that need improving. Make the changes and track your progress.

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