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National Nutrition Month: Weight and How it Affects Fertility

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to both your overall health and reproductive weight.  Women who are overweight or underweight have a harder time becoming and remaining pregnant.  Understanding how your weight and fertility are related may be the motivation you need to maintain a healthy weight.

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Women who are not at a healthy weight are prone to having hormonal imbalances.  For underweight women, not having enough body fat can decrease hormone production and make it difficult to support a pregnancy.  Gaining weight can address these issues.  Overweight women also have difficulty conceiving for a myriad of reasons.  Often, getting to a healthy weight allows women to improve their fertility with some being able to get pregnant without assistance.

Fertility Issues in Obese Women

Women who are obese, described as having a BMI over 30, are prone to a number of issues that interfere with fertility.  These include:

  • Being a poor responder to fertility medication
  • Being more susceptible to development of OHSS, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a serious side effect of using fertility medication
  • Producing fewer eggs per cycle than their normal weight counterparts
  • Being at greater risks for complications during egg retrieval including bleeding
  • Difficulty performing egg retrieval and administering anesthetic
  • Generally lower success rates for IVF treatment
  • Difficulty performing embryo transfer

The risk does not stop once a woman becomes pregnant.  Obese women are more likely to have complicated pregnancies and are more likely to miscarry than women of a normal weight.

Getting Healthy

Healthy living habits are an important part of every fertility treatment plan.  Eating balanced meals, drinking water, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep can all improve fertility.  It is not necessary to follow an extreme diet in order to lose weight.  Making healthy choices in food selections and exercising regularly is the best way to adjust your lifestyle to lose weight.

To discuss your weight and fertility, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.

Want to know how your weight impacts your fertility? This article provides. 

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