Is there any difference between PCOS and PCOD? How can they affect fertility?


Am I suffering from PCOS or PCOD ?

Some females might get confused about whether PCOS and PCOD are the same or different. However, both the medical conditions are connected with ovaries and hormonal imbalance in females during their reproductive age i.e, between 12 and 51 years and have similar symptoms. Here are the differences between PCOS and PCOD that every woman needs to know:

PCOD is a common problem, in which 10% of the world’s women population get affected. However, PCOS is a crucial medical condition nearly 0.2% to 2.5% of the world’s women population get affected.

  1. Furthermore, PCOD is a condition in which ovaries produce many immature or half mature eggs, this caused due to poor lifestyle, obesity, tension, and hormonal changes or imbalance. On the other hand, PCOS is a metabolic disorder and a more serious form of PCOD that can lead to anovulation where ovaries stop releasing eggs and cause infertility in women.
  2. Also, PCOD doesn’t affect fertility in women, in this condition woman can ovulate and get pregnant with a little medical help. Whereas, PCOS severely affects fertility in females. Due to PCOS women cannot ovulate timely, making them difficult to get pregnant. If become pregnant, there is a chance of miscarriage, premature birth or complicated pregnancy.
  3. PCOD doesn’t have any underlying complications. But, PCOS have worrisome complications such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and endometrial cancer in a later stage.

However, in both the disorders – PCOS and PCOD, weight loss, a healthy diet, avoiding processed foods (dried, frozen, canned, cooked, etc…), and daily workout has given effective results to the females. Early diagnosis of the syndromes will help in treating them at the earliest. 

NOTE: If you are having skipped or irregular periods, acne, or abnormal hair growth on the face or back, consult a gynaecologist who is also a fertility expert immediately and get yourself treated PCOS and PCOD.