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Being an unhealthy weight can affect a woman’s fertility by causing:
It can also lead to difficulties with assisted reproduction, such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), ovulation induction and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Obesity is also associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of low fertility or infertility.
Getting closer to a healthy weight before conception increases the chance of the baby being healthy at birth and into adulthood.
Obesity and excess weight gain during pregnancy is also linked with a number of pregnancy complications. These include increased risk of miscarriage, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, caesarean birth and stillbirth.
Babies born to very overweight mothers have an increased risk of childhood and adult obesity and other long-term health problems.
A small weight loss can improve fertility and pregnancy health
While the facts about obesity and reproductive outcomes can seem daunting, there is some good news. In women who are obese, even a small weight loss improves fertility and pregnancy health.
Weight loss can dramatically improve fertility in overweight people. It is often the first step in fertility treatment when an obese patient seeks help from assisted reproductive technology (ART). Even a loss of 5-10% can significantly improve ovulation and pregnancy rates.
Our doctors can help with healthy nutritionally complete weight loss.
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