Endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are both conditions that can have a significant impact on a woman’s health. However, despite their similarities, these two conditions are different. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at endometriosis vs PCOS and explain the differences between the two in order to help women better understand what they might be facing.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is where tissue similar to the internal lines of the uterus grows outside of it. This tissue tends to grow in areas such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, or bowel. It can cause pain and infertility. Other symptoms include nausea, constipation or diarrhea during your period, fatigue, and infertility.
Meanwhile, endometriosis is usually treated with surgery to remove any lesions and adhesions that have formed in the pelvic area. Some patients might also take hormones and painkillers for short-term relief from severe pain caused by endometriosis. In some cases, hormone therapy may be recommended to stop ovulation and reduce inflammation associated with endometriosis.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder commonly found in women of reproductive age. PCOS can cause enlarged ovaries containing cysts around them (hence its name). Symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, excess body hair growth known as hirsutism, acne breakouts on the face or chest area, and weight gain. PCOS patients have elevated levels of male hormones known as androgens. They also have an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone production, leading to irregular bleeding and fertility issues if left untreated over time. Managing PCOS can include lifestyle changes such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. However, if these lifestyle modifications do not work, doctors use medications like metformin to help with insulin resistance and birth control pills to regulate hormones. Surgery is another option for those looking for more permanent solutions.
Despite having similar symptoms, such as irregular periods and difficulty getting pregnant, endometriosis and PCOS are very different conditions with different causes, treatments, and complications. Therefore, it’s essential for women who experience these symptoms to see their doctor immediately so they can get properly diagnosed and begin treatment. By understanding these two conditions better, we can ensure that women receive accurate diagnoses so they can get treatment quickly. Proper care can help the patient manage either of these conditions. It’s important for all women, regardless of age or background knowledge about these types of conditions so that they can stay informed about their reproductive health. As always, communication with your physician will go a long way toward helping you stay healthy!