PCOD is a hormonal disorder that is common across women in the reproductive age. A woman suffering from PCOD suffers from a hormonal imbalance which affects her menstrual cycle, fertility and sometimes leads to physical changes such as more body hair, acne and weight gain.
In PCOD, the ovaries release immature follicles which turn into cysts. And in many cases, the body also releases more androgens which further affect the hormonal balance in the body.
About 20% of women in India today suffer from this condition. PCOD in women is an extremely common condition which when addressed in time can avoid future complications, especially during pregnancy.
The condition is seen in young adolescent girls, women during their reproductive age group and also post-menopause.
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PCOD is commonly interchangeable with PCOS. However, there is a slight difference between the two. PCOS is a much more serious condition as compared to PCOD, which can be managed through lifestyle changes. PCOS is a metabolic disorder whereas PCOD is more of a lifestyle condition which can be managed through diet and exercise.
The problem however is, that many women don’t know that they have PCOD. You need to watch out for signs of PCOD and get yourself tested to find out. You can easily get a PCOD test done at home, by booking an appointment with a gynaecologist on the MedKare
PCOD in women primarily affects a woman’s ovaries which produce the female reproductive hormones – estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and ensuring that you get your cycle on time. However, the ovaries also produce small quantities of male reproductive hormones or androgens such as testosterone. Even men have small quantities of female reproductive hormones. But when your body starts producing androgens in excess of what is considered normal, it causes a hormonal imbalance which, in turn, causes you to develop PCOD.
PCOD affects both the ovaries and the process of ovulation. In simpler terms, when your ovaries release eggs every month in order to be fertilized by a sperm, this process is called ovulation. PCOD affects this process and can cause a delay in egg release, release immature follicles or cause irregular ovulation.
A gynaecologist will conduct a PCOD diagnosis to understand your symptoms better and accordingly suggest a course of treatment including medication and a PCOD specific diet.
There are several PCOD causes and PCOD symptoms which you need to be aware of, in case you suffer from the condition.
– Ovarian cysts
– Increased levels of male hormones
– Genetic factors
As the name suggests, polycystic ovarian disorder means that several small cysts or sacks containing eggs grow inside the ovaries. They contain immature eggs which when released leads to ovulation. But if the eggs are never released, it causes irregular and missed menstruation. This, in turn, affects levels of hormones namely progesterone, LH, FSH and estrogen.
These are some common PCOD causes and symptoms. Also, women with PCOD are often insulin resistant. Basically their body can produce insulin properly, but cannot use it as effectively. This puts PCOS women on a higher risk for Type-1 diabetes. Women who are obese and have high cholestrol levels have a higher chance of experiencing more severe symptoms of PCOD. While obesity does not necessarily cause PCOD, it exacerbates the symptoms of cardiovascular risk and glucose intolerance.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should get a PCOD blood test done immediately. You can easily get a PCOD blood test at home by booking a PCOD health package on the Medkare!
If you find that you are presenting symptoms of PCOD, you should take a PCOD blood test. Any of the symptoms described above can be signs of PCOD.
If you have a family history of PCOD, it’s a good idea to get yourself checked, since it can be genetic in many cases too.
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A PCOD blood test will measure the level of hormones in your blood. It will measure the level of male hormones such as testosterone as well as other factors such as insulin, cholestero and triglyceride levels.
Your gynaecologist may also do a pelvic examination and an ultrasound to confirm PCOD symptoms. But the preliminary step is to take a PCOD blood test. You can easily get one at home by booking a PCOD blood test at home on the MedKare! You can then consult a gynaecologist to discuss your test results and get yourself treated.
You can easily book an appointment online for a PCOD blood test at home through the MedKare and get your tests done conveniently. You can also download the MedKare and connect with doctors and the best gynaecologists. A lab technician will visit your doorstep to collect your blood sample and the results will be shared with you online. You can consult a gynaecologist online on MedKare immediately through instant chat and video consultation and make good health a priority today!
If you feel that you have PCOD symptoms, you should definitely take a PCOD blood test. Common symptoms include skipped or delayed periods, excessive hair growth, acne and weight gain. A PCOD blood test checks the levels of hormones in your blood to check for signs of PCOD.
Our PCOD health package includes a series of blood tests that determine the level of hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone, LH and FSH in your blood. It also measures the levels of testosterone, insulin, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Based on the results, your gynaecologist in Bengaluru will recommend a course of treatment
You can easily book an appointment online for a PCOD blood test at home in Bengaluru through the MedKare and get your tests done conveniently. A lab technician will visit your doorstep to collect your blood sample and the results will be shared with you online. You can consult a doctor online immediately through instant chat and video consultation and make good health a priority today!
You should get a PCOD blood test if you are experiencing symptoms of PCOD such as skipped or delayed periods, excessive hair growth, acne and weight gain. You can speak to a general doctor to understand your symptoms better.
There is no fixed PCOD blood test timing. A PCOD blood test ideally requires 8-10 hours of fasting to show accurate results. Thus, once you book a PCOD blood test, you will be required to keep a gap of 8-10 or even better 10-12 hours between your last meal and the time of your test.
Once our phlebotomist collects your blood sample from home, it takes around 48 hours to process and analyse the results in our partner labs. Post this, the PCOD test results will be uploaded onto your profile on the MedKare and will be available for you to check anytime.
You can get in touch with a gynaecologist once the results of your PCOD blood test are completed. He/She will discuss the results with you and suggest the best treatment for PCOD accordingly. You can also discuss lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and exercise regimen to manage your PCOD.
A PCOD blood test at home does not require a doctor’s prescription. However, we recommend seeing a gynaecologist in Mumbai before availing a PCOD health care package so that they may understand your symptoms better first.