What is the Difference between PCOD and PCOS?

PCOD and PCOS both sound so similar. Some people think that they both are similar and therefore take their name indistinguishably. It is only due to a lack of knowledge. However, they both show similar symptoms there is a slight change between the two.

Let us start with the difference between the two. It is interesting to discuss the difference between PCOD and PCOS. There are multiple times when people get confused between both the terms. However, both the terms PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) along with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) show similar symptoms. In both, the conditions the ovaries are affected. As we all know that the main responsibility of ovaries is to produce the female hormones including estrogen, progesterone and a little amount of testosterone. Yes, however testosterone is a male hormone but it is also released in small amounts in females. When the amount of testosterone exceeds in females it leads to hormonal imbalance. PCOD and PCOS are mainly due to the hormonal imbalance in the ovaries. 

However, there is a slight difference between PCOD and PCOS. The symptoms of the two are also similar. But the woman with PCOS will not experience the same symptom as it is experienced by the PCOD women. Let us take an example, The symptom of PCOS women with an inability to conceive is not necessary will be shown in PCOD women also.  

So, before discussing the difference between the two let us understand the meaning of PCOD and PCOS individually.

What is PCOD? 

Let us have a look at what PCOD is. In PCOD there is a formation of small follicular cyst in the ovaries. This is mainly due to hormonal imbalances. These cysts are very high in number and are unable to come out of the ovary. The reason behind this may be any one of the following. It might be due to an increased level of insulin in the body, consumption of high fatty food items, increased weight, stress due to daily life, a sedentary lifestyle and your habit of couch potato can be also one of the main reasons. The symptoms of PCOD varies from women to women. However, some common symptoms include acne, pimple spots on the face, receding hairline, irregular menses, abdominal pain, unusual hair growth on face and body, amenorrhea, inability to get pregnant and many more. 

There is a visible enlargement of ovaries in PCOD women due to inflammation. Due to enlarged and inflamed ovaries, there is an increased production of androgen or testosterone. As we have already discussed, this increased level of testosterone is mainly responsible for the male traits in females. Women come to know that they have PCOD when they go for a check-up for their irregular menstrual cycle. PCOD is not responsible for your ability to conceive. It is nowhere responsible for your infertility. With little lifestyle modifications and a good healthy diet, most of the women can easily conceive. However, conceiving can be difficult for those women who are overweight and have PCOD too.

What is PCOS? 

If we would compare both of them then PCOS includes more severity criteria in comparison to PCOD. The reason behind this is that there is a massive hormonal imbalance in the case of PCOS. Here there is the production of 14 and even more follicular cysts every month. In this case, conceiving can be a difficult task. As to conceive one needs to have a peaceful environment. Furthermore, every month a healthy ovum is must release and infuse with a healthy sperm after the process of sexual intercourse. In PCOS, the amount of testosterone released is very high which disturbs the entire process and makes conceiving a difficult process.   

Diff between PCOD and PCOS requires detailed study 

The difference between PCOD and PCOS should be brought into notice to most of the sufferers. Women should be aware of their symptoms and should be in a condition to clearly explain it all to the Ayurvedic doctors. In both cases, PCOS or PCOD, timely diagnosis, and correct Ayurvedic treatment are important which can help overcome the syndrome and make your conception easier with no symptoms left.

However, in both cases, PCOD and PCOS the symptoms are quite similar. So, it is difficult for women to themselves differentiate between the two. So, below there are certain points that will help you to tell the severity of PCOS over PCOD. Let us discuss the same. It would help the patient to easily differentiate between PCOD and PCOS and can easily understand the severity of the disorder.

Let us have a detailed study of PCOS and PCOD.

Both the condition has a very minute difference. However, it is important to know the exact difference. 

1. As we have already discussed that the severity criteria of PCOS are much more in comparison to PCOD. PCOD can be easily brought under control by including proper PCOS diet and exercise. Whereas to bring PCOS under control is a big challenge.  

2. Now, this is a good and beneficial one! As the women with PCOS will show early signs of symptoms. It means that while the women are in her teenager age or her early twenties she will experience multiple symptoms. In her teens, the girls may experience acne, pimple marks, facial hair, mustaches on her upper lips, and harsh coarse hairs on her body along with irregular painful menses. Whereas in her early twenties, the girl may experience premenstrual symptoms, abdominal cramps, obesity and many more.

3. PCOD is more common in comparison to PCOS. If we would check the number, PCOD women are more easy to found. You can easily found a PCOD patient living near you.  

4. A PCOS woman is more prone to develop a serious life-threatening medical condition which includes hypertension, myocardial infarction(MI), weight gain, ovarian cancer, diabetes mellitus and insipidus, angina pectoris and many more.

In Conclusion: –

However, in both cases, whether PCOS or PCOD a positive attitude is must throughout the treatment. Try to maintain a healthy weight, including a well-balanced diet that is free of carbonated, ready to eat, junk, tinned and canned, processed and fast food along with regular strenuous activities. It is very important to check out your symptoms as soon as possible. You should be quite active to bring out your symptoms and start controlling the damage which the ailment does to your body. If you experience any of the symptoms which include irregular periods, acne, or excessive facial hair growth, you need to consult the best Ayurvedic doctor at Vedas Cure. Get the best treatment available at Vedas Cure named Vedas PCOD Cure



7 thoughts on “What is the Difference between PCOD and PCOS?”

  1. Swagatika pradhan

    I have pcod problem, four months ago I have done cystanatomy through laparoscopy. But in 30 June Brown discharge start then no bleeding held only red strechydischarge held at time urination. It continue 6 days, then on 5th July proper bleeding held,on 6and7 July no bleeding only tiny red pieces are discharge.
    Please help me to count which is my first day of period. I also trying for a baby.

    1. Hello Swagatika,
      We request your to share your contact details/number at doctor@vedascure.in
      We will get in touch with you to understand your case in details then only we would be able to suggest you the treatment process.
      Vedas Cure

  2. I am overweight and have a very busy schedule to work out with my weight. I have experienced that my periods are not regular, and they even come after two months or so. Recently when I met with my doctor, she told me that I am a PCOS patient. Please, will you let me know whether I am a PCOS or PCOD patient? Can I lead a life free from PCOS and can have a healthy baby in the future?

  3. My Name is Chhavi Kashyapi and for 2 years I suffered with terrible ovarian cysts and incredible pain and it was ruining my life. My battle with Ovarian Cysts started with dull pains. The pain was on my right side, my lower back and ran down my thighs. Then I consult with Vedas cure doctors, they have cured my problem. Thanks Vedas….

  4. My Name is Chhavi Kashyap and for 2 years I suffered with terrible ovarian cysts and incredible pain and it was ruining my life. My battle with Ovarian Cysts started with dull pains. The pain was on my right side, my lower back and ran down my thighs. Then I consult with Vedas cure doctors, they have cured my problem. Thanks Vedas….

  5. I have been a PCOD patient from last 1 year. I have tried several treatments, but each one of them has a side effect and gave birth to another medical condition. My periods are not on time, and my symptoms are still with me. Can I get a permanent solution to get rid of PCOD, and can I deliver a healthy baby in future endeavors?

  6. Earlier I was unaware of what does PCOS means. Through an article on Vedas Cure, I came to know about it and is currently dealing with PCOS. Thank you, Vedas, for facilitating me such an informative thing. I am combating with my symptoms and healing with a positive attitude. Thank you.

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