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OBESITY AND FERTILITY

When it comes to fertility, time is not on your side.

You want to everything you can do increase the chances of having a healthy baby with your partner. This means focusing on your health first, especially if you suffer from obesity.

If you are considering undergoing IVF, treating the obesity first becomes even more important.

Women with obesity have a reduced response to the drugs used for ovarian stimulation.

Obesity may affect the ability to perform certain procedures safely and well, such as seeing the ovaries on ultrasound or retrieving eggs.  Obesity affects egg and embryo health and may also make the uterus less receptive for implantation.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists actually recommends that obstetricians should not assist with fertility in women with a BMI above 40.

So if you have obesity and are planning to have a baby in the next few years, you might want to act now to lose weight.

 Start a conversation with your GP about obtaining the most effective treatment for obesity for a healthier, happier you.   

 

OBESITY AND INFERTILITY

When it comes to infertility, time is not on your side.

People with obesity more like to have infertility, and they are less likely to benefit from fertility treatment.

Obesity can cause hormonal imbalances that impair ovulation, such as Polycystic Ovarian syndrome or PCOS.

The good news for women is that PCOS responds well to weight loss.

The good news for men is that getting down to a healthy weight at least 3 months before trying for a baby can improve both the chances of conception and the health of the baby.

So if you have obesity and are planning to have a baby in the next few years, you might want to act now to lose weight.

 Start a conversation with your GP about obtaining the most effective treatment for obesity to increase the odds of having a healthy baby with your partner.

 

OBESITY AND PREGNANCY

When planning a family, you want to do everything you can to increase the chances of having a healthy baby with your partner.

This means focusing on your health first, especially if you suffer from obesity.

Starting your pregnancy with obesity is associated with an increased risk of complications such as miscarriage, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and stillbirth.

Getting your weight back into the healthy range before you conceive reduces the risk of developing complications during pregnancy and reduces the risk of health problems for your baby.

Babies born to mothers of a healthy weight are less likely to develop obesity themselves as children and adults.

If you have obesity and are planning to have a baby in the next few years, you might want to act now to lose weight.

Start the conversation with your GP about obtaining the most effective treatment for obesity, for a healthier, happier you. 

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