How PCOD Affects Fertility: Insights from Patki Hospital, Kolhapur

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOD) is a common hormonal disorder affecting many women of reproductive age. It can have a significant impact on fertility, but understanding how it affects your body and the available treatments can help manage its effects. At Patki Hospital, Kolhapur’s leading IVF center, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support to women with PCOD, helping them navigate their fertility journey with confidence and hope.

Understanding PCOD

PCOD, also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), is characterized by the presence of multiple small cysts on the ovaries and a range of symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, and obesity. The exact cause of PCOD is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

How PCOD Affects Fertility

  1. Irregular Ovulation: One of the primary ways PCOD affects fertility is through irregular ovulation. Women with PCOD often have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, making it difficult to predict ovulation. This irregularity can reduce the chances of releasing a mature egg for fertilization.
  2. Hormonal Imbalance: PCOD leads to an imbalance in reproductive hormones such as increased levels of androgens (male hormones). This hormonal imbalance can interfere with the development and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation), further complicating the process of conception.
  3. Insulin Resistance: Many women with PCOD experience insulin resistance, which can lead to higher insulin levels in the body. Elevated insulin can increase the production of androgens, exacerbating symptoms of PCOD and negatively impacting ovulation and fertility.
  4. Endometrial Health: The thickening of the uterine lining (endometrium) in women with PCOD can lead to irregular menstrual cycles and reduced fertility. An unhealthy endometrium may not be conducive to implantation, making it harder for a fertilized egg to implant and develop.

Managing PCOD for Better Fertility

At Patki Hospital, we offer a range of treatments and support to help women with PCOD improve their fertility:

  1. Lifestyle Changes: Weight management through a balanced diet and regular exercise can help reduce insulin resistance and improve ovulation. Even a modest weight loss can have a significant impact on hormonal balance and menstrual regularity.
  2. Medications:
    • Ovulation Induction: Medications can stimulate ovulation in women with PCOD.
    • Insulin Resistance: Some medication can improve insulin resistance and lower insulin levels, which may help restore normal ovulation.
    • Hormonal Treatments: Birth control pills or other hormonal treatments can regulate menstrual cycles and reduce androgen levels.
  3. Assisted Reproductive Techniques: For women who do not respond to lifestyle changes and medications, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can be an effective option. At Patki Hospital, our experienced IVF specialists use advanced techniques to assist women with PCOD in achieving successful pregnancies.
  4. Holistic Support: Managing stress, receiving counseling, and joining support groups can provide emotional and psychological support, which is crucial for women dealing with PCOD and fertility challenges.

Why Choose Patki Hospital?

Patki Hospital in Kolhapur is renowned for its expertise in treating fertility issues, including those related to PCOD. Our dedicated team of specialists, state-of-the-art facilities, and patient-centered approach ensure that you receive the highest quality care tailored to your unique needs.


While PCOD can present challenges to fertility, it is important to remember that effective management and treatment options are available. At Patki Hospital, we are committed to helping you overcome these challenges and achieve your dream of parenthood. If you have concerns about PCOD and fertility, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for personalized care and support.

Feel free to reach out to us for more information or to schedule a consultation with our fertility experts. Together, we can make your dream of becoming a parent a reality.