Where should I go to confirm a diagnosis of PCOS in Singapore?
I have suffered from stubborn acne for many years and do have excess body hair. Over the past few years I have also rapidly gained 15 kg and have been trying hard to lose weight but to no avail. These factors led me to suspect that I might have PCOS.
I would like to seek medical advice and go for tests to confirm whether it is true. Could you kindly advice me where to seek medical help from?
Besides the symptoms you’ve described, irregular periods are one of the other hallmark signs of PCOS.
In Singapore, PCOS is most commonly managed and followed up annually by gynaecologists, as there are some associated risks with PCOS, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Because the diagnosis of PCOS requires a couple of bloods tests (looking at your hormone levels) and an ultrasound scan (to look for cysts in your ovary), gynaes are typically the ones who perform the ultrasound scan to confirm PCOS (some polyclinics in Singapore have that capability as well to confirm or rule out the diagnosis before referring you on).
In your case however, it may be worth while seeing a GP or polyclinic doctor first, who can screen if PCOS is indeed likely from your history/menstruation cycle, and then refer you on if necessary.
Skipping straight to see your gynae is certainly an option too if you are in a hurry to get PCOS diagnosed or ruled out.
I agree with Dr Ethan that seeing a gynaecologist directly might make the most sense as regardless of history taking by the GP, the ultimate confirmatory diagnosis is still ultrasound of your ovaries. They would be better placed to discuss with you on treatment modalities