Can Weight Affect Your Ability to Conceive?

Your weight can have a tremendous impact your ability to conceive. Some data suggests that weight can affect male fertility, but it is overweight women who seem to be most impacted by weight-related fertility issues. For instance, up to 47 percent of obese women have irregular menstrual cycles. These irregularities increase as weight increases. Losing weight can make it easier to conceive and makes fertility treatments more effective.

Some overweight women suffer from a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This condition involves high levels of male hormones, which impair ovulation. Even without PCOS, being overweight interferes with conception. In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is 30% less successful in overweight women. Losing as little as 5 percent body weight results in stabilized ovulation for 60 percent of women.

Weight is just one issue that can make it difficult to get pregnant. The doctors at Dallas IVF can diagnose and treat the underlying conditions that are compromising your ability to conceive. We’re proud to offer fertility treatments such as IVF and IUI. Schedule a consultation today by calling (469) 287-8179.

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