Fifty-two overweight patients with a BMI of 25 or above, who were being treated for infertility, were referred to weight loss counseling. An endocrinologist monitored patients providing diet and exercise recommendations, metabolic screening and pharmacologic intervention when indicated.
- 32% of patients achieved meaningful weight loss (10% or more)
- Those who shed 10% or more body weight had dramatically improved fertility outcomes compared to patients who did not lose weight:
- 34% higher conception rates (88% vs. 54%)
- 34% more live births (71% vs. 37%)
It might be hard work to lose weight, but totally worth it, so get moving!
Fertility and Sterility Vol 101, Issue 5, pg 1400-1403, May 2014