Obesity is Associated With Lower Live Birth Rates in Women Having IVF

Obesity is associated with lower live birth rates in women having IVF and other ART related procedures compared to women who are not obese. A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of 264 women who underwent 445 ART cycles found that waist circumference was independently associated with successful pregnancies. Women […]

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How To Keep Weight Off Once You Have Lost It

How To Keep Weight Off Once You Have Lost It

Do you struggle with how to keep weight off once you have lost it? A new study published this March in the Journal, Obesity reported that people who were successful at maintaining weight-loss relied on physical activity to keep from gaining back previously lost weight rather than dietary restriction. Successful weight loss was defined as […]

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Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Is A Major Risk Factor For Both Men and Women

Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Is A Major Risk Factor For Both Men and Women

Obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index >30, is a world-wide epidemic especially in the United States. Obesity is associated with many health concerns including high blood pressure and diabetes. When trying to conceive pre-pregnancy obesity is a major risk factor for both men and women. Obesity is also associated with infertility in both men […]

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Gut Microbes May Contribute to Fertility

gut microbes and causes of infertility

The advent of molecular genetics affords us a look into the machinations of systems previously undefined. Uncountable number of microbes, fungi and viruses live (mostly happily) in our gut bound by the limits of the mouth and the parts below. Their workings in concert and sometimes, adversarial, are the composition of the human microbiome. This […]

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Parental Obesity Is Linked To Delays In Child Development

parental obesity child development

Obesity is linked to both male and female infertility and miscarriage. Obesity during pregnancy is also linked to pregnancy complications and a higher incidence of metabolic disorders in children. A recent study published in “Pediatrics” from the NIH found that parental obesity is linked to delays in child development. Compared to children of normal weight […]

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Obesity Causes Hormonal Imbalances That Can Cause Infertility

rocks on scale what causes infertility

It is without dispute that obesity causes hormonal imbalances that can cause infertility. These imbalances can manifest in ovulatory dysfunction (irregular periods) and play a role in infertility. But these effects, do not end once conception occurs. What obesity spurns spills over into a general inflammatory response in mother and fetus alike. Maternally, obesity and this […]

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Obesity Adversely Affects Reproduction

BMI and IVF Success

Every two of three women and three of four men in the United States are overweight or obese. Obese is defined as a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25 kg/m squared and a BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m squared, respectively. Approximately 50% of reproductive age women are obese. […]

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The Maternal-Fetal Bond

maternal fetal attachment

The maternal-fetal bond begins at conception with implantation of the embryo. The embryo embeds itself into the maternal endometrium and then begins the process of establishing a data network. The mode in which the fetal signals are transferred to the maternal side, and vice versa, are through newly developed blood vessels. Because the maternal and […]

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‘Healthy Obesity’ is a Myth

Overweight and obesity with infertility

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 kg/m2. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world and especially in the United States.  Obesity is associated with a myriad of metabolic diseases from hypertension, diabetes to certain types of cancer. The association between obesity and reproductive difficulty and complications of pregnancy […]

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Obesity is Associated With Infertility

female BMI and Infertility

The incidence of obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30, is rising.  Obesity is associated with infertility and maternal complications while pregnant including an increased chance of miscarriage, still birth, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, difficult delivery, cesarean section and complications related to operative delivery.  Maternal obesity also is associated with type […]

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