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Does my being overweight/obese affect my fertility?

Does my being overweight/obese affect my fertility?

Yes and No.: Estrogen is needed for egg production and Progesterone for implantation. Once implantation occurs, Progesterone must increase until placenta takes over (at end of first trimester) and continue throughout pregnancy. Fat tissue produces estrogen and can inhibit effectiveness of Progesterone and thyroid. Get salivary test to check hormone levels over 30 days and check thyroid, antibodies, and rt3. ...Read more

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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more

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Does a woman being overweight by 100 lbs effect her fertility by alot?

Does a woman being overweight by 100 lbs effect her fertility by alot?

Yes: Patients who are this much overweight have a very significant decrease in fertility, and additionally have a much higher risk of complications in pregnancy. Obesity has serious consequences in pregnancy for the mother and the baby. If you lose weight, your fertility may return when you are not expecting it, so contraception should be used until you are healthy and ready to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Are the fertility treatment options the same for lean and overweight women with pcos?

Are the fertility treatment options the same for lean and overweight women with pcos?

Yes: There is no difference, except that weight loss obviously won't be as effective in a lean individual. ...Read more

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Can overweight effects sexual activities and fertility of a man and also can it effect the ability to satisfy his partner sexually?

Can overweight effects sexual activities and fertility of a man and also can it effect the ability to satisfy his partner sexually?

Yes: Overweight can have a negative effect on the sperm as well as on the sex drive and other sexual activity. It should not however influence your ability to satisfy your partner. ...Read more

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What are the chances of fertility of a man who drinks and takes prescription pills everyday and is over weight?

What are the chances of fertility of a man who drinks and takes prescription pills everyday and is over weight?

Fertile...: Men who are overweight, take prescription pills, and drink alcohol become fathers every day. If you are trying to conceive and have been unable, you should both visit with a fertility specialist. If you are not trying to become a parent, don't fool yourself into thinking you are "safe" because of his lifestyle choices. Either way, consider if you his choices are ideal for fatherhood. ...Read more

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Does birth control pills become less effective if you have sex without a condom during one of the fertility days ? Even if you're a perfect pill user

Does birth control pills become less effective if you have sex without a condom during one of the fertility days ? Even if you're a perfect pill user

No, you are ok: The birth control pills, if you are taking them regularly, are very effective. Having sex or not does not change that they prevent the ovary from producing an egg. It only if you don't take it regularly that an egg can break through. ...Read more

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If I am not overweight and just not as thin as i would like to be, what is the most effective and fastest way to get rid of 10 pounds?

Try this: : Log on to www.Caloriecount.Com. Open a free account. They will calculate your daily caloric needs. Subtract 500 to 750 from the total and aim for that in your daily diet. The website's search function will give you the caloric content of virtually every food known to man. Also: begin a program of daily exercise: 30-60 minutes everyday. It's best do something fun, like a sport. Tennis anyone? ...Read more

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Is cycling an effective way for reducing my weight? Give me some tips for following diet food to reduce my slight overweight & belly

Is cycling an effective way for reducing my weight? Give me some tips for following diet food to reduce my slight overweight & belly

Yes: Cycling is one of many excellent forms of exercise. It is great for losing weight. Try to avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar. Eat lots of organic vegetables and normal amounts of meat. ...Read more

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What are the most effective ways for me to lose weight when i'm not exactly overweight, just flabby?

What are the most effective ways for me to lose weight when i'm not exactly overweight, just flabby?

Restrict your diet: And become more active, just like anyone else. Firm up the muscles and burn off 3500 calories that you don't ingest to lose one pound. Don't fall for internet scams. See a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist ...Read more

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Can soy affect your fertility? Is consuming too much soy bad for you?

Can soy affect your fertility? Is consuming too much soy bad for you?

Unlikely to affect: Soy contains weak plant hormones (phytoestrogens) that have some hormonal effect, but it should have little effect on fertility in normal quantities of consumption like drinking soymilk or eating edamame or tofu. A pre-menopausal woman makes much stronger estrogen hormones like Estradiol as part of a normal cycle. Eating massive quantities of anything can be bad for you of course. ...Read more

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Fertility (Definition)

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