Are Infertility And Obesity Connected? Obesity Impacts Women’s Fertility

Problems getting pregnant? A new study shows that infertility and obesity are linked affecting women trying to get pregnant. This year alone study shows that women who are severely obese are 43% less likely to conceive.

With the rise of obesity in the western world the implications from this study are important for women who have a normal menstrual cycle but are obese. There is a scary relationship for people with excess body weight and how this prevents women’s fertility.

Details Of This Shocking Study On Women’s Fertility

This new infertility and obesity study was conducted in Amsterdam and followed 3,029 couples who were unable to conceive without medical help. The couples used in the research fit the following criteria, they:

  • tried to conceive for over one year,
  • had no obvious medical reasons for fertility problems,
  • had tested the woman for regular ovulation,
  • had one functional fallopian tube, and they
  • had a test to ensure normal semen analysis in the man.
  • infertility-and-obesity

    With this criteria satisfied the women research participants were classified using their body mass index (BMI) as either underweight, healthy, overweight and obese. Only ten percent of the study included obese women, all of which had trouble ovulating.

    This study found that infertility and obesity were related where women with BMI’s of 35 and above were 26% less likely to conceive. Where as women who had BMI’s of 40 and above were 43% less likely to conceive.

    Findings: Obesity Impacts Fertility

    Before this study conducted it was thought that if the reproductive organs of both male and female couple were working properly then body weight didn't impact fertility. However, this study hypothesis that excess weight disrupts the hormone leptin proving a link between infertility and obesity.

    This hormone generally regulates the appetite and energy and is believed that if it is disrupted because it is too busy regulating more body mass then fertilization is prevented. If you are obese, often infertility treatments require the woman to take higher dosages of treatments than the normal women. However, it is questionable whether your body will absorb the treatment properly if you are too obese.

    Other Obesity Related Infertility Disorders

    There are other reproductive disorders where infertility and obesity is the major symptom, this includes poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. Typically, for an overweight woman ovulation disorders are the number one issue in female infertility.

    The weight disrupts the menstrual cycle, blocks efforts to conceive and often the doctors most critical advice is for the patient is to lose weight – the sooner they do – the sooner they’ll be pregnant. For people considering pregnancy, often the biggest advice is that they start a calorie controlled health plan which incorporates exercise. Not only will this help the reproductive organs, but also help decrease the other health risks associated with obesity.

    When imagining the joy a new life and a baby will bring you – try and also imagine what life will be like for them if you are obese or if you are a healthy weight. If you are obese, losing weight will not only be benefiting your fertility, but you will be benefiting your long-term health and longevity. The new energy and new lease on life from losing weight will benefit you as a person and also the child you bring into this world.

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