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Why fat is a fertility issue

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, February 12, 2007 | 0 comments

IMPROVING fertility in obese women may be a case of mind over matter.

Overweight women were thought to be less fertile because obesity disrupts menstrual cycles. To test this, Dionne Gesink Law at Montana State University and her colleagues monitored 7327 women who were trying to get pregnant. They found that, while the chances of an obese woman conceiving were lower than those of a woman with a normal body weight, most obese women had perfectly normal menstrual cycles (Human Reproduction, DOI: 10.1093/humrep/del400).

Gesink Law now thinks that reduced libido may be to blame. Alternatively, being fat may give you a negative self-image, so you have sex less often, she says.




About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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