The Effect of Obesity on Fertility
I read an article regarding the negative effects of excess body weight and fertility. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain types of cancers and orthopaedic problems. In addition, being overweight or obese during your reproductive years will affect reproduction − obese men have a lower sperm count and obese women are more likely to have menstrual problems.
Because of all of these factors, overweight or obese couples were more likely to require assisted reproductive technology (ART) to achieve pregnancy. The study looked at more than 150,000 cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and they found a clear negative impact of increasing BMI (overweight or obesity) on ART outcomes. Women with BMI > 25 kg/m2 were more likely to have menstrual, tubal and uterine problems, which lead to infertility. And despite the sue of more medications for stimulation, overweight and obese women were more likely to have a reduced response, at a greater risk of cycle cancellation and less likely to have successful outcomes. The study concluded that women should be made aware that being overweight or obese will decrease the chances of ART leading to a successful pregnancy, and she should try her best to lose some weight before starting ART.
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Here are a few more posts on fertility that you might also be interested in:
- Fertility: How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help
- Acupuncture for Infertility
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Trying to get pregnant? Test your ferritin levels!
- CoQ10 & Fertility: What’s all the fuss about?
- Fertility Plan During COVID-19
And if you’re interested in reading about my personal struggles with my own fertility journey:
- My Crazy IUI Story
- My IVF Story: Part 1
- My Surgery Surprise
- My IVF Story: Part 2
- TW: My Big News!
- My Fertility Journey on Facebook for #CIAW2020
- My Fertility Journey on Instagram for #CIAW2020
- Luke B, Brown MB, Missmer SA, Bukulmez O, Leach R & Stern JE. Fertil Steril. The Effect of Increasing Obesity on the Response to and Outcome of Assisted Reproductive Technology: A National Study. 2011; 96:820-825 [Epub 2011 Aug 6]
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