How does Weight affects Fertility?

Obesity or overweight can lead to many health problems like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis & heart issues. Excessive Weight gain can also pose a problem in couples trying to get pregnant; it can decrease their chances of conception.
It’s better to maintain ideal Weight for couples who are planning to conceive as this may enhance their chances of conceiving.

Appropriate Weight for conceiving
The appropriate Weight is decided by the BMI (Basal Metabolic Index), which is calculated according to your Weight and height.
Normal BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9.
Overweight is when the BMI is between 25 to 29.
Obese is when the BMI is greater than 30.

Increase in Weight can affect the Fertility of a Lady-
As the woman gains Weight –

  • It disturbs the average hormonal balance
  • She can have a menstrual disturbance
  • She can have ovulatory problems.

The weight gain of a woman can also affect the success of ovulation induction,IVF

Increase in Weight can also affect the Fertility of a man-
Increase in Weight and obesity can decrease the fertility level in a man.

It occurs due to-

  • Hormonal imbalance which is caused by being overweight or obese.
  • Weight gain can also cause problems in erection in a man
  • Due to obesity and overweight, a man can decrease sperm count and quality, reducing the chances of getting pregnant.

Underweight and Fertility in a woman-
If a woman has a BMI of less than 18.5, It can also cause hormonal imbalance and cause ovulatory problems. This decrease the chances of getting pregnant.

So if you’re trying to conceive, but excess or under Weight is coming in your way, make some lifestyle changes to take the first step towards pregnancy. Making healthy lifestyle changes will make a difference in your overall health and increase your life quality.

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