Our Weight Loss Management Program Director, Christelle Leiker recently shared some studies with the rest of the office about the importance that managing a healthy weight has on various other areas of life. One of these areas is fertility, and in particular, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In their 2011 review, Rittenberg et al. looked at over 30 studies, totaling nearly 50,000 independent treatment cycles, which showed that overweight and obese (quantified as having a BMI above 25) were significantly less likely to become pregnant in the first place compared to women who were not above a normal BMI level. They were also significantly less likely to actually carry the child to term and have a live birth. Furthermore, obese and overweight women were also significantly more likely to miscarry.
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant through the means of IVF, come to Exult Healthcare or contact us to see if we can help you maximize your chances of having a happy, healthy pregnancy.