Weight Loss and Infertility

As there are million of adults throughout the world that are considered to be obese, infertility is increasing and more and more doctors are recommending weight loss as the first course of treatment for infertility.

How can weight loss increase the chances of becoming pregnant? Being obese has a tendency to change the hormones within the body and how the hormones are produced, as well as how the hormones in the body interact with one another, including the hormone that is responsible for ovulation, estrogen. With an increase in weight comes an increase in cholesterol and as a correlation between the increase in cholesterol, one can often experience symptoms of irregular ovulation cycles, which can lead to difficulty becoming pregnant.

As well as suffering from infertility, women that have a higher body mass index are also prone to complications through the pregnancy; thus the reason that many health professionals suggest regulating the weight before trying to conceive. Complications that come with an increased risk through the pregnancy include instance of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and an increased risk of cesarean section deliveries for children that are simply at risk for vaginal delivery, due to their size.

Women that have taken the time to lose weight can assist the natural process of regulating the hormones and therefore require less intervention through medication and hormones which are used to assist the woman in becoming pregnant. Many times, after an initial weight loss has been seen and the hormones within the body become regulated, women are able to conceive without any medical intervention or hormone therapies.

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