Does obesity affect fertility?

Obesity alters your physical appearance, but it can also disrupt your body’s delicate hormonal balance. Obesity is the root cause of a broad spectrum of medical complications and life-threatening health conditions.

Research has revealed that there is a strong link between abdominal fat and chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and infertility.

Being obese can make it hard to become pregnant and can lead to serious complications, including higher risk of stillbirth, gestational diabetes, and birth defects.

If you’re not yet pregnant, but are thinking about conceiving in the near future, now is a good time to try to lose some weight – even 10 pounds can make a big difference in your risk for certain problems. Make sure you visit your doctor for a checkup before you become pregnant for more information on prenatal health.

Some women may want to have weight-loss surgery. If you’re thinking about it, talk with your doctor to learn how it might affect a future pregnancy.

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