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Weight and Infertility

How Maintaining a Health Weight Can Help Conception

In many cases, infertility occurs because of factors beyond a patient’s control. Issues such as physical abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, ovulation dysfunction and low sperm count can all impact a couple’s ability to conceive. At Innovative Fertility Center, Dr. Mark Rispler and Dr. Joshua J. Berger have the expertise to diagnose and treat common causes of infertility.

Though you may not be able to change certain infertility risk factors, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can maximize your chances of conceiving.
Understanding basic female biology

When the female reproductive system functions properly, a woman’s body will prepare for pregnancy each month. During the early part of the cycle, estrogen rises to thicken the uterine lining, and an egg in one of the ovaries begins to mature. Around day 14, the egg is released during ovulation. Pregnancy occurs when sperm fertilizes the egg and it attaches to the uterine wall to begin development.

How weight impact the odds of conception

If you are under or overweight, the regular menstrual cycle may be disrupted. Without ovulation, no egg is released for fertilization. Women who are underweight may experience amenorrhea, or lack of a menstrual period. Carrying extra weight may indicate an issue such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a health condition that often causes small cysts on the ovaries, high levels of male hormones and irregular or missed periods.

Weight can also affect sperm quality

Earlier this year, a study published in the scientific journal Human Reproduction showed that men who consumed high levels of saturated fat had lower semen counts and concentrations. Conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center in Boston, the research compared the diets of almost 100 men. The individuals who consumed the highest amount of saturated fats had 43 percent fewer sperm and 38 percent lower sperm concentration than those with the lowest dietary fat intakes.

Using body mass index as a guide to healthy weight

Ideally, men should have 18 to 25 percent body fat and women should fall into the range of 25 to 31 percent body fat. One way to determine where you are is through body mass index (BMI), which is calculated based on height and weight. A healthy BMI falls between 18 and 25.

To estimate your BMI:

• Multiply your weight in pounds by 703
• Divide that number by your height (in inches)
• Divide that number again by your height (in inches)

Small changes can make a big difference for your weight

We encourages our patients and their partners to take the necessary steps towards a healthy lifestyle so that they have the best odds of getting pregnant. Losing even 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve the likelihood of conceiving.

 Consider the following tips to losing weight for conception:

• Avoid trans fat as much as possible
• Add regular exercise to your schedule two to three times a week
• Drink plenty of water
• Eat a balanced diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
• Talk with your doctor about other steps to lose weight

If you have tried to get pregnant without success, contact our Manhattan Beach fertility center for more information about male and female infertility.

Understanding the link between weight and infertility

Understanding the link between weight and infertilityAs a highly trained reproductive endocrinologist, Mark Rispler MD continues to follow the latest developments in infertility treatments to offer our patients the best chance of pregnancy success. At our Manhattan Beach fertility center, Dr. Rispler addresses common causes of infertility and provides advanced treatment options to our patients. As part of a thorough fertility evaluation, Dr. Rispler will look for any potential issues that may hinder conception, including issues with weight and infertility.

Dr. Rispler explains the weight and infertility connection

Infertility can occur for a variety of reasons, including physical abnormalities, hormonal imbalances and certain medical conditions. Your body weight can also impact your ability to become pregnant. Women who are overweight or underweight can have difficulty conceiving.

Significant variations outside of normal weight ranges can impact your menstrual cycle and disrupt ovulation. During fertility testing, our Manhattan Beach fertility center expert can evaluate whether you may have any issues linked to weight and infertility.

Tips to address concerns about weight and infertility

If Dr. Rispler determines that weight and infertility may be impacting your chances of pregnancy, he may make the following suggestions:

If you are struggling to become pregnant, the team at Innovative Fertility Center can provide assistance. Dr. Rispler can diagnose and treat infertility to help you reach your goals for parenthood. Contact our Manhattan Beach fertility center for more information on weight and infertility, or to schedule an appointment.