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How Obesity Affects Women's Fertility

Posted Saturday, November 22, 2008 9:51 PM

Overweight Women and FertilityHaving problems with fertility can be a complete roller coaster ride for couples across the nation and all over the world. While some couples are lucky enough to have no issues with conception whatsoever, other couples struggle with it on a yearly basis. Some couples will never be lucky enough to conceive a child. Other couples will struggle with severe medical issues that can hamper their fertility for both short term and long term times.

Other still struggle with fertility, but may be unsure as to why they are even having the issues in the first place. While fertility is something that is an issue with both males and females, there is one problem that is known to affect female fertility more than male fertility: obesity.

When people think of throwing around the term “obese”, they may not be sure of what to compare it to. Level of weight, and obesity, are given a label on their weight by a body mass index scale. This scale, created for the field, has chosen the healthy weight range for someone based on sex and height. This healthy weight range is reasonable, and is not compared to models that are known to be “stick thin”. Once you start moving out of this healthy weight range, your title can change. If there is a significant weight increase over this body mass index reading, someone is considered obese.

Researchers are not completely sure as to the connection between weight and fertility. Either way, however, research has shown that women who are over weight have many more fertility problems than those women who are considered to be a “normal weight”. They have a harder time conceiving a child, and it can easily take longer; for many, they are likely to take more than a year to conceive.

Because fertility is so hard to understand completely, another factor that goes hand in hand with weight is diet. If someone has a bad diet, they may not be getting all of the nutrients and vitamins that are needed to successfully conceive a child. If someone is eating unhealthy, they may be making themselves less fertile than they realize. Even if someone is eating healthy, but is not eating the right things, they may not be helping their chances of fertility.

While it is important to understand that women are not the only ones who have fertility issues, they do have fertility issues of their own. Because they are half of the conception process, it is important to understand the actions they take and how they affect their body.

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