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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

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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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 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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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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I am overweight but my periods are regular. Can being overweight cause fertility in another way?

I am overweight but my periods are regular. Can being overweight cause fertility in another way?

OnlyIfSeverelyObese: Obesity is a known risk factor for ovulation problems.And that can cause infertility in some.But it can also contribute to infertility in women who ovulate normally according to new research.But it depends on how much over weight you are. In this study they found that severely obese women had 43% less chance of getting pregnant than normal weight women or those who were over weight but not obese ...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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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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My bf used 2 do pot a lot (16 years total on/off) & now has completely stopped. How much has that impacted fertility? (he doesn't drink or smoke ciggs.)

My bf used 2 do pot a lot (16 years total on/off) & now has completely stopped. How much has that impacted fertility? (he doesn't drink or smoke ciggs.)

Probably not much: Usually marijuana affects prolactin and testosterone during the time of usage. After the cessation of the recreational drug the testosterone level normally reverts back to normal and sperm count reverts back to normal. ...Read more

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I saw a book in fertility for dummies. It hurts my feelings, but to be honest I don’t know much: is it a good reference?

I saw a book in fertility for dummies. It hurts my feelings, but to be honest I don’t know much: is it a good reference?

Fair: If you like those kind of books it can be helpful. For trustworthy information about fertility, try www.Asrm.Org. Click on "resources"; then, "patient rources"; then "patient fact sheets and booklets" for your specific topic. ...Read more

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How much can alcohol decrease fertility?

How much can alcohol decrease fertility?

Dose dependent: No one knows for absolute certain. Like most toxins, the more alcohol ingested the higher the risk of problems. No one knows for sure if and where there is a 'threshhold effect, ' in other words below that amount there is no impact. I usually counsel patients that a few drinks per week is unlikely to have an important effect on fertility. ...Read more

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How much coq10 should I take for fertility?

How much coq10 should I take for fertility?

CoQ10: You can buy it over the counter or at a health food store and follow the instructions on the bottle. ...Read more

Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Fertility (Definition)

Fertility refers to the ability of a woman to conceive a child, or to the ability of a man to ...Read more