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Obesity, Overweight And Infertility. by mosesdejaviano(m): 3:52pm On Jan 18, 2021
Obesity and Overweight have been an health issue which are very common among women of fertile age.

Both obesity and overweight have a great link to increased risk of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

Research has shown that obese women are three times at risk of infertility than women who are not obese. And that the chance of getting pregnant reduce with high BMI.

Research also shows that men that are overweight and obese have reduced sperm count and reduced percentage of sperm with normal morphology.

In obese women, leptin levels are increased, which affects the sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which thus affects the ovulatory pattern and fertility pattern in obese women.

This could lead to lower implantation rates and higher complications during pregnancy which could result to not being able to give birth to healthy babies.

Obesity may alter the release of ovaries. So obesity can cause hormonal imbalance which can affect the fertility rate of obese women.

There is excess production of adipose tissue which can lead to fertility disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and may cause annovolation(when ovaries do not release during a menstrual cycle).


- Weight loss is the ultimate solution to infertility issue caused by overweight and obesity.
- Working towards having a healthy BMI (BMI less than or equals to 25kg/m2).
-Treating an incidence of higher insulinemia.

Nutritionally, consumption of healthy diet have shown positive effects on weight loss.
- consume good carbs
- eat omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
- remove transfat from your diet
- increase the consumption of fibre
- follow healthy portion sizes

- Inculcate healthy lifestyle. Stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, exercise regularly and get adequate sleep.


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