Weight Affects Your Fertility, This Is How

July 15, 2015

Summer is a time to eat so much fresh, delicious food. Grilled, mixed, and fried up nice. But those indulgences can lead to a few extra pounds.

If you have exceeded your body’s healthy body mass index (most women should be within the range of 18.5 and 25), you are at risk for hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, as well as complications becoming pregnant.

Obesity in men has shown to result in hormone imbalances and lower sperm production. In women, it also affects ovulation, making it happen infrequently or not at all. Overweight women who lose weight are often able to increase infertility without medication.

Many people are surprised by what is considered overweight. For example, for a woman who is 5 feet 3 inches tall, more than 141 pounds is considered overweight, and more than 189 pounds is considered obese. For a woman who is 5 feet and 7 inches tall, 159 pounds is considered overweight and 191 or more is considered obese.

Being overweight can lead to:

  • A lower response to medication for ovulation.

  • Greater frequency of over-response and the risk of over-stimulation to medications.

  • Higher risk of multiple pregnancies, as well as complications during pregnancy.

  • Complications for IVF cycles, such as fewer eggs retrieved, greater anesthesia risk, difficulty with embryo transfer, and lower IVF success rates.

  • Higher frequency of miscarriage early in pregnancy.

  • Higher likelihood of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and stillbirth.


For help in decreasing your weight or helping you conceive, set up an appointment by giving us a call at 717-747-3099 or clicking the link below to schedule an appointment.





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