Without question, if you are obese, losing weight is one of the most important things you can do to boost your fertility. The only thing that is probably more important is to quit smoking. Learning how to eat properly and exercise will go a long way in improving your chances for having a successful pregnancy. Here are some reasons why maintaining a healthy bodyweight is so important:
Being overweight may alter the normal secretion of the hormones that control your menstrual cycle and ovulation. This may occur because fat cells can produce estrogen, and if you are overweight it is likely that your body may be producing excess estrogen which may disrupt the menstrual cycle.
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which is a condition characterized by imbalance in reproductive hormones has been linked to being overweight. Women with PCOS also have other health problems such as insulin resistance which causes the body to produce excess testosterone and stop ovulating. Research studies have shown that losing weight can improve the condition and help you become pregnant.
A lot of patients only focus on just getting pregnant, but more than just getting pregnant, reducing the chances of miscarriage and of complications during the pregnancy should be the goal, and that is the overall value of weight loss.
We see, for example, certain increases in birth defects, complications such as C-sections, and growth retardation during pregnancy, all of these can be affected in a negative way by obesity. So, it is important to see the big picture – not just focusing on getting pregnant but also having a healthy pregnancy.
If you are under 35 years of age and have been unsuccessful at getting pregnant, you should consult your doctor or a fertility specialist. For those older than 35, it is probably best to speak to your doctor sooner.
ReproMed Fertility Center offers personalized fertility treatments in four convenient locations in the Dallas metroplex and one in Tyler. Please contact us at (214) 827-8777 for all appointments and information.