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Obesity and Infertility

Obesity is defined as a condition where there is accumulation of excess body fat leading to adverse health effects. A BMI of more than 30 is considered as obesity.

Effects of obesity on fertility:

Obesity causes excess production of estrogen which in turn affects ovulation.

Can cause amenorrhea

Patients need excess dose of fertility drugs.

Research has long shown a connection between obesity and infertility in women. And it’s not just women that need to watch the scale. Recent research has shown that obesity can negatively impact male fertility as well, leading to lower sperm counts.

Watching your carbohydrate and junk food intake is also advisable. Research on women dealing with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) has shown that may improve their symptoms, even without weight loss. The lower-carb diet led to more regular menses and increased fertility potential.


Dr. Bharati Dhorepatil
DNB, DGO Dip in Endoscopy (Germany)