Obesity and Fertility
Obese women have a greater incidence of reproductive-related disorders including problems in pregnancy. The conventional approach in the past has been to carefully monitor patients who have high-risk pregnancies; e.g. gestational diabetes, multiple gestations, etc. Based on more recent data, it seems that overweight/obese individuals represent another high-risk group for infertility.
At HRC, initial treatment of the overweight/obese patient trying to conceive should include a multidisciplinary approach to weight management. Our goal is to foster lifestyle changes through proper diet, exercise, behavior modification and stress reduction in concert with drug treatment (e.g. Metformin) when indicated.
By providing a more holistic approach to obesity and reproductive health, we hope to have a powerful impact on our patients by enhancing their chances of conception, achieving a healthy pregancy outcome and enhancing their overall health.