PCOD is also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disease and is also called PCOS. Women suffering with PCOD have small cysts on their ovaries. The word poly means multiple. The cysts can come and go during a woman’s cycle, but often occur when the normal cycle becomes irregular. Often the ovary becomes enlarged and produces increased amounts of androgen and estrogen hormones. This excess, along with the absence of ovulation, may cause infertility. Other names for PCOD are Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or the Stein-Leventhal syndrome.
Diagnosing PCOS or PCOD is not always easy. In some cases, simple examination, history, and lab work may lead to a diagnoses. For other a more extensive exam may be necessary.
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