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Dr. Daniel Royal
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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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


Dr. Rachel Chastanet
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Nurit Winkler
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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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Dr. David Sneid
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
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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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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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How much do opiates affect fertility?

How much do opiates affect fertility?

Opiates and opiods: When used chronically can alter hormonal system at the brain level and may indirectly effect fertility. The causal relationship between the two is still unclear and evidence is weak. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
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Does consuming caffein adversly affect fertility and how much is considered a safe amount to consume while trying to fall pregnant for male and female?

Does consuming caffein adversly affect fertility and how much is considered a safe amount to consume while trying to fall pregnant for male and female?

Dose dependent: No one knows for certain. Like most toxins, the more caffeine the higher the risk of problems. No one knows for sure if there is a 'threshhold effect, ' below that amount there is no impact. I usually counsel patients that one caffeinated drink per day is unlikely to have an effect on fertility. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fox
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What are the causes of disordered proliferative endometrium (dpe)? How the dpe affect on female fertility? How to treat dpe? Thank you so much.

What are the causes of disordered proliferative endometrium (dpe)? How the dpe affect on female fertility? How to treat dpe? Thank you so much.

Not well known: Increases in Insulin as with pcos and metabolic syndrome. Unopposed estrogen which is also a part of the above syndrome can cause similar findings. It' relationship to fertility is unknown, et we would suppose that it could have a negative effect and this might be why older gynecologists saw lots of pregnancies after d&c's? No studies good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Seth Derman
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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


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