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Infertility And Obesity

September 7, 2010, 5:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Infertility And Obesity
Many couples dream of ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes, but those dreams may be put on hold when faced with infertility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 11 percent of women struggle with getting pregnant. And doctors say weight may have a lot to with it.

The CDC estimates that a third of the U.S. population is overweight and the problem is growing.  Obesity may be one of many factors when it comes to infertility.

"As soon as the weight goes up, the higher the weight, the worse the insulin control and the more there are problems with ovulation," infertility expert Dr. Tommaso Falcon said.

In fact, weight impacts fertility for both men and women.  The good news is that once the weight starts to come off, chances of conceiving go up.

"In women who have a weight problem for example, if we ask them to exercise and lose weight, it doesn't matter how much as long as they're losing weight, a third of those women without medication will get pregnant on their own," Falcon said.

And obesity isn't the only contributor to infertility. Doctors say women who are underweight may also experience problems with ovulation and getting pregnant.

Other infertility contributors include fallopian tube damage or blockage, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and early menopause.

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