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PCOD vs. PCOS - Which is Worse?

Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are two common conditions that affect women of reproductive age. Many people confuse the two, but they are actually quite different. Here, we will take a look at these conditions, their differences, and similarities, and ultimately answer the question – which is worse: PCOD or PCOS? By exploring the possible symptoms, diagnosis methods, and treatments for each condition, we can gain an understanding of just how serious these conditions can be.




When it comes to PCOD vs. PCOS, it’s important to first understand the differences between the two. PCOD is a hormone imbalance that results in enlarged follicles in the ovaries. These follicles can cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. On the other hand, PCOS is an endocrine disorder that can cause multiple cysts to form in the ovaries. It also affects hormones, leading to irregular periods, excess body hair, and weight gain. The key difference between these conditions is that PCOD may cause mild symptoms.


Symptoms of PCOD vs. PCOS:


The symptoms of both conditions can vary from person to person and often overlap. Common symptoms associated with PCOD include irregular periods, hirsutism, acne, weight gain, and infertility. Symptoms of PCOS are similar but may include additional issues like fatigue, depression, and anxiety as well as diabetes and cardiovascular risks if left untreated for long periods of time. In terms of severity, both conditions can be serious if not treated properly and monitored closely by a doctor or healthcare provider.


Risk Factors for Each Condition: 


Risk factors for developing either condition include being overweight or obese as well as having a family history of either condition.


Hormone Imbalance:


When it comes to PCOD and PCOS, hormonal imbalance plays a major role. An imbalance of certain hormones in the body can lead to irregular ovulation, increased levels of androgens (male hormones), and the development of cysts on the ovaries. This hormone imbalance is believed to be caused by an impaired hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis, which is responsible for regulating reproductive hormones.




Genetics also play a significant role in your risk of developing PCOD or PCOS. Studies have shown that women who have a family history of either condition are more likely todevelop it themselves. Women with close relatives who have been diagnosed with these conditions should discuss their risk factors with their doctor.


Diet and Exercise:


Your diet and exercise habits can also influence your risk of developing PCOD or PCOS. Eating an unhealthy diet that & is high in processed foods and refined carbohydrates has been linked to higher levels of insulin resistance, which can increase your risk of developing these conditions. Additionally, engaging in regular physical activity is beneficial for managing hormone balance and reducing your risk for PCOD or PCOS.


Lifestyle Factors:


Certain lifestyle factors can also increase your risk of developing PCOD or PCOS. Smoking cigarettes, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, having poor stress management, sleep deprivation, being overweight or obese, and having a sedentary lifestyle are all associated with an increased risk for this condition. It's important to understand how these lifestyle factors contribute to your overall health so you can make informed decisions about how to reduce your risk of developing this condition.


Diagnosing & Treating PCOS & PCOD: 


If you suspect that you might be suffering from either condition its important to speak to your doctor about testing options as soon as possible so you can receive an accurate diagnosis and start appropriate treatment. Diagnosis usually involves a physical exam along with blood tests that measure levels of hormones such as testosterone, follicle- stimulate ing hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and prolactin (PRL). In some Women blood levels of testosterone and serum insulin are also advised. Treatment plans will depend on the underlying cause but some common therapies used for both conditions include medications such as birth control pills or anti-androgens; lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet geared towards weight loss; stress management techniques; exercise; fertility treatments.




Receiving a diagnosis of either condition can be overwhelming but it is important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding lifestyle changes and medication so that the condition can be managed effectively.

Dr. Preeti Rastogi
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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