PCOD and Pregnancy: What to Do When You Are Pregnant with PCOD?

Divya Tripathi

, Health A2Z

In today’s life who does not wants to be fit and stay healthy. For achieving a fit and a healthy body we do a lot of things from dieting to exercising and many more. But still, there are some diseases or situations that affect our healthy body. These diseases or situations can affect anyone, one of the PCOD and pregnancy.

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Nowadays PCOD and pregnancy is the most common thing that a woman faces. But it’s not a worse situation if treated properly on time. According to Dr. Pinki Mishra, Gynecologist and Gynae oncologist at 3E Clinic in Noida, “PCOD is basically a hormonal disorder and the most common endocrine disorder. usually found in females of reproductive age. It’s not a serious problem as it’s not an acute or a life-threatening infection. But yes it’s a chronic disease, if it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. PCOS has some long-term implications like some other diseases. PCOD causes menstrual irregularity in women, acne production, unwanted facial hair growth, and infertility. PCOD is related to obesity due to which many women feel shame about their body type and leads to depression and anxiety.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, affecting approximately 5 million women. But a woman can get pregnant with PCOD. There are a number of effective fertility treatments that are available such as Clomid, gonadotropins, and IVF.

Most women will be able to conceive with a combination of fertility drugs and lifestyle changes. While some women with PCOD need IVF, the maximum women will get pregnant by having lower-tech fertility treatments.

What are the Risks for Pregnant Women with PCOD?

Having PCOD might make it harder for women to get pregnant. One of the main is a hormonal imbalance that not only leads to infertility but also leads to other diseases.

Women with PCOD are more likely to obese on reproductive technology to get pregnant. Several studies have found that about 60 percent of women with PCOD are obese. Approx 14 percent women need reproductive technology to get pregnant.

Women with PCOD have an increased risk of developing several medical problems throughout life, such as:

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What is PCOD?

PCOD is a condition in which ovaries produce more male hormones (androgens) than normal levels. This can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, appearance, and fertility. Some of the symptoms of PCOD include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Cysts on the ovaries
  • Acne
  • Thinning or balding head hair
  • Excessive face and body hair
  • Insulin resistance

How PCOD and Infertility are Linked?

If you have PCOD, you might scuffle to get pregnant. This is due to the increasing levels of male hormones that prevent the release of an egg (ovulation).

You can increase your chances of getting pregnant through following tips;

  • Being a healthy weight.
  • Exercise.
  • Monitoring timing and ovulation for sexual intercourse around ovulation.
  • You can also take help of your doctor in order for fertility tests and fertility medications to help you ovulate.
  • You can also go for in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

PCOD and Pregnancy

Having PCOD can increase your risk of some complications during pregnancy, such as:

  • Miscarriage
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Premature birth
  • High blood pressure induced by the pregnancy
  • Women with PCOS also have a higher chance of caesarean delivery because their babies might be larger than expected for their gestational age.


If you find PCOD and pregnancy both in same time then it is very important you talk with your gynecologist. The risk of these complications can be reduced by monitoring PCOD symptoms and taking extra care during pregnancy.

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