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Obesity Bad for Female Fertility

Posted 01-30-2008 at 12:24 PM by IVF Doctor
As women gain in weight, their chances of spontaneous conception decline. A recent study out of The Netherlands, so far only electronically posted (van der Steeg JE et al. Hum Reprod. doi:10.1093/humrep/dem371), suggests that, as women's body mass index (BMI) (in studies used as standard measure of obesity) increases, they lose approximately 4% of conception rate for every unit of BMI increase.
This is, of course, not the first study, linking obesity with infertility, but it probably is the most concise one in defining potential damage to female infertility per weight unit.
Considering that the prevalence of obesity seems on the rise, this is, of course, a worrisome observation, which women should consider in their attempts at pregnancy.

The IVF Doctor
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