default-icon

Difference between two

Hie doctor, I am 23 year old female , I would like to know the difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcod) Please help me with the same
views-icons 43 Views Bookmark this Answer
Bookmark
v

Doctor Answers (1) on Difference between two

doctor profile image
Sharath Kumar K N Mandya | General Physician
Answered
Hello, PCO(polycystic ovaries) refers to an ultrasound scan image of the ovaries that appear to be polycystic (ovaries containing high density of partially mature follicles). PCOS is a metabolic condition that may or may not come with having polycystic ovaries.In fact, to be diagnosed with PCOS a woman needs to have 2 of the following: 1) Polycystic ovaries appear on ultrasound. 2) Irregular periods. 3) Increased male hormone in the blood test or associated symptoms such as extra hair growth or acne. So if a woman has irregular periods and an increased male hormone she could have PCOS without her ovaries being polycystic. However, other conditions such as thyroid or pituitary dysfunction need to be excluded before PCOS diagnosis is made. Although there may be some similarities in the names, the risks and medical treatments are very different for these 2 situations. PCO is a normal variant of a woman’s ovary, whereas PCOS is a diagnosed condition with short and long-term consequences.
Flag this Answer
Flag this answer
2/2 people found this helpful
Was this answer helpful?
YES NO