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Obesity and its Effects on Fertility

Obesity, a lifestyle problem, is growing each day all over the world and affecting so many lives. Obesity even affects the fertility of both men and women. Obesity can be fought and overcome, it is far better to have a healthy and happy life than suffer.

Let us talk about few important points on Obesity and how it affects Fertility. To become pregnant successfully, a healthy weight really matters.

There are numerous risks and dangers related to obesity, for instance, the increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, back and joint problems, and many other conditions.

Excess weight can impair your chances of becoming pregnant is what recent studies have proven time and again. Obesity affects the quality of the eggs and sperm; it can also reduce the chances of pregnancy. Yet, being underweight can also reduce fertility thus proving that a healthy normal weight matter. We at First Step IVF, the best clinic for IVF in Delhi, suggest you to manage your weight and a proper lifestyle before starting any treatment, as maintaining a healthy lifestyle may also help you to deal with infertility without any kind of medication.

Obesity has a lot of negative effects on both men and women. Few of them are:

1. Hormones
Hormonal changes are most likely to occur in the body when your body mass index goes beyond the overweight category (BMI of 25–29.9) into the obese category (BMI of 30 and above). Thus, when the levels of natural hormones change, the chance of conceiving/getting pregnant decreases.

2. Insulin resistance
Obesity usually leads to insulin resistance due to the hormonal imbalance that comes with it. This is the major risk factor that leads not only to diabetes but also affects fertility in both men and women. In women, it can create abnormal menstrual cycles. Insulin resistance often leads to anovulation, in which the woman’s body does not produce eggs properly (when ovaries do not produce oocytes) thus leading to no ovulation.

3. Natural and assisted pregnancies
When you are trying to get pregnant obesity can make it very challenging if you are obese, no matter whether you are trying through natural means or by assisted reproductive technologies such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Obesity also increases the risk of experiencing a miscarriage. This issue may be usually caused by the hormonal imbalance issues or may be due to the production of poor-quality eggs by the body.

4. Decreases Men’s fertility as well
Meanwhile so much focus on obesity and infertility which has always been on women forgetting that it affects men as well. In men, obesity can lead to a decrease in testosterone that can lead ultimately to infertility. To add to that, erectile dysfunction also occurs at a very high rate among men who are obese.

5. Losing weight is the best option to deal with all of the above
Improving your chances of a successful pregnancy is by losing weight because as you lose weight, hormonal imbalances and other effects of obesity start decreasing. And if you think that you need help with a weight-loss plan, it is best to talk to your doctor. Better yet, you can get begin on a healthy path by combining positive lifestyle changes like regular exercise, cutting down on the portion sizes and healthy food choices to your weight loss plan.

In many types of research, it has been seen that overweight is a crucial factor when you’re trying to conceive. Whether you are underweight or overweight, you need to take care of yourself to manage a proper weight. If you are overweight then it will affect your menstrual cycle. Affected menstrual cycle means an imbalance in hormones that will directly affect your fertility.

The obese women are having higher levels of a hormone which is called leptin. This hormone is produced in fatty tissue that disrupts the hormone balance. It ultimately leads to reduced fertility and problems in conception. The fertility experts say that the more abdominal fat, the greater will be the risk of fertility issues. Obese will ovulate as like other normal women, but the quality of the eggs will get reduced. In males also, obesity can cause problem infertility.

Therefore, it is important to follow a balanced diet to get a balanced BMI. For this, you can go for, Yoga, swimming and exercise. This not only reduces your weight but also reduces the level of stress. So, you must adopt a practice of regular exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight.

You can also get in touch with the fertility experts at First Step IVF for more information about how you can conceive successfully by reducing your weight and by following a proper lifestyle. Our experts provide proper counselling to the patients before starting any kind of treatment. Why to delay your parenthood? Get the expert advice today and enjoy the feeling of carrying a life in your hands as early as possible. We are always there to help you start a family of your own. Get in touch today! Contact: +91-8595223355 and book an appointment.


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