PCOD vs. PCOS: What’s The Difference?

Confused about the difference between PCOD vs. PCOS? Well, rest assured, you’re not the only one. In this article we’ll be explaining what PCOD and PCOS encompass, while also giving some advice on how to handle this complicated – and often stressful – medical condition. 

Understanding The Acronyms

PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, while PCOD stands for polycystic ovarian disease. The terms sound remarkably similar because they are in fact the same condition: PCOS and PCOD encompass a hormonal imbalance (an excess of male hormones) and insulin insensitivity that affects about 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. 

Though the terms can be used interchangeably, the most common abbreviation for this condition is PCOS. 

The naming of this condition comes from the fact that women with PCOS often produce an excess of androgens and not enough of the hormones required to ovulate. As a result, cysts form on the ovaries, and these cysts in turn produce more androgens, which can interfere with the menstrual cycle, ultimately leading to a domino effect in which acne, excess hair growth, irregular periods, and other symptoms become apparent. 

Treating PCOS/PCOD

Now, as we’ve gone into in other articles, the issue of what causes PCOS isn’t an answer that scientists or health professionals have an answer for just yet. And that’s probably because it’s an extremely complicated, multi-faceted condition that manifests itself in the form of multiple external symptoms and several long-term health implications (diabetes and cardiovascular issues are common risks, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine). 

So knowing how to treat something that isn’t completely understood can be a source of frustration for many women. But though PCOS is known as a chronic condition, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t manageable. 

In fact, though women with PCOS are at heightened risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, a PCOS diagnosis does not equal a life condemned to battling all the above health implications. Instead, combining sensible diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes, PCOS is certainly manageable and not something that has to dominate your day-to-day (though we completely understand that many of the associated symptoms can exert stress on both your physical and mental well-being).  

What Are The Next Steps? 

Okay, so now you understand the difference between PCOD vs. PCOS, you probably want to know how you should begin tackling this condition in order to start relieving symptoms. 

Luckily, we’ve got some advice for you there (and some helpful resources you can leverage to help move PCOS from playing a major role in your life, to a more manageable one). 

Remember: since PCOS is a multi-pronged disease, it requires a holistic solution, and as such, we find it’s helpful to:

Understand how PCOS works, and why your body is showing the symptoms it is:

Get insights into the 360-degree approach many women take to manage PCOS on a physical and mental level:

Learn more about alleviating PCOS on the day to day:

Begin with the resources above, and know that while there is currently no cure for PCOS, it is certainly a condition that can be made manageable. And remember: the only “right” way to deal with PCOS is the way that serves your body best. 

Allara provides personalized treatment that takes the guesswork out of managing PCOS, and offers a customized, holistic plan of attack that merges nutrition, medication. supplementation, and ongoing, expert support to begin healing your body.