HOW OBESITY AFFECTS FERTILITY?

Obesity is a complex condition in which a person's weight exceeds what is deemed healthy for his or her height.

Obesity is a problem that affects both children and adults. Excess weight gain can be caused by a variety of variables, including eating habits, physical activity levels, and sleep habits. Social determinants of health, genetics and the use of specific medications all have an impact.

The menstrual cycle is regulated by a delicate hormonal balance. Women who are overweight or obese have greater amounts of leptin, a hormone produced in adipose tissue. This can throw off the hormone balance, resulting in decreased fertility.


Through a variety of hormonal processes, the amount and distribution of body fat have an impact on the menstrual cycle. The more the excess weight and belly fat, the higher the risk of infertility.


Obesity is common among infertile women, and there is a well-known link between obesity and infertility. Obesity's association with reproductive functioning is still being researched. Menstrual disorders and anovulation are more common in overweight women. Women who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage. These women have a higher risk of subfecundity and infertility, as well as higher risks of conception, miscarriage, and pregnancy problems. In both natural and assisted conception, they have poor reproductive outcomes. Assisted reproduction procedures such as ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI), and ovum donation cycles all have poor reproductive success. In these people, losing weight has a positive impact on their reproductive outcomes.


Obesity and Fertility.

Obesity and infertility might also have a strange, cyclical relationship. It's difficult to say which one triggered the other. Stress, for example, can not only induce irregular periods but also drive some women to "stress eat," meaning they binge on junk food during stressful times.

Then there's a polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal illness that can result in ovarian cysts. Obesity is a side effect of PCOS, which has no identified etiology. Obesity is widespread among PCOS patients, according to the National Infertility Association, impacting 50 to 60% of these women. If a woman is overweight, the symptoms may be aggravated.

Take Care of Your Body

Getting to a healthy weight is sometimes the first step in treating fertility issues. Losing weight is a straightforward notion, but it isn't always simple in practice. If modifying your diet and exercising hasn't helped, you may wish to discuss bariatric surgery with your doctor. It's worth thinking about if you.

Do you weigh more than 100 pounds more than your desired weight?

Having health issue related to their weight, such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

Nothing has worked for you thus far when it comes to weight loss regimens.

I'm not currently dealing with any issues related to alcohol or drug usage.

Consider that for a moment. If obesity is the root of your fertility issues, you should address it before beginning or continuing fertility treatments. Discuss how your body weight may be influencing your fertility with your doctor.


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