The Connection Between Weight Loss and Fertility
People decide to lose weight for many reasons. Whether they want to look better, feel better, or be healthier, shedding a few pounds is usually never a bad idea. However, for couples trying to get pregnant, losing weight may help to increase fertility.
Obesity can be a factor in a woman’s ovulation. When it comes to male fertility, obesity can result in less sperm production and worse sperm quality.1
The good news? Both men and women who are overweight can boost their fertility rate by losing even a little bit of weight. If you’ve been trying to have a baby with your partner and have been struggling, the idea of finally getting pregnant could kickstart your motivation for losing that extra weight.
How Can Extra Weight Make it Hard to Get Pregnant?
When it comes to women’s health, carrying extra weight can be a problem if you’re trying to get pregnant.
Obesity has an impact on ovulation. Both ovaries and fat cells create hormones. When your fat cells continue to grow, they create even more hormones. That might not sound like a bad thing, but too much hormones in the body can prevent you from ovulating or even having a period each month. This is because your body is reacting to the estrogen the same way it would if you were taking a birth control pill with the same hormones.
Extra weight also complicates fertility treatments. Many couples who are desperate to have a baby seek out treatments like IVF, but weight plays a factor in how effective those treatments can be.
Extra Weight and Your Baby’s Health
Though the main focus for this article is fertility, it’s also important to note that if you’re able to get pregnant, it’s still important to think about how your weight might affect your baby’s health.
Obesity can cause a variety of health issues for both you and your baby during pregnancy. This includes things like:
- Gestational diabetes
- Gestational hypertension
- Heart defects for the baby
- Obesity or type-2 diabetes for the baby
Women who are overweight during pregnancy are often more likely to have to undergo C-sections for delivery, as well.
Can Losing Weight Help You Get Pregnant?
Even losing a small amount of weight can help you get pregnant and have normal menstrual cycles, which can make it easier to “track” your ovulation periods.
Any kind of weight loss should always be done safely. If you have a lot to lose, talking to a weight loss doctor can help. It’s important to understand your weight loss options, to determine if something like gastric sleeve surgery or other bariatric surgery options are right for you.
For some women (and men), a gradual weight loss just by changing lifestyle habits and diet can do the trick. For others, Surgical options need to be taken to jumpstart your weight loss and start you on a journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
If you and your partner have been longing for a baby, and you’re worried that your weight is an issue, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us at the Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic. We’re happy to provide more information.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.