Are you trying to fall pregnant, with no luck? Your weight could be impacting your chances of successfully conceiving.
Excess weight, particularly excess abdominal fat, is linked to insulin resistance (when the body has to produce more insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal) and decreased levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein that is involved in the regulation of the sex-hormones androgen and oestrogen.
This increases the risk of irregular menstrual cycles, which in turn reduces fertility. One study found women who were obese were much less likely to conceive within one year of stopping contraception than women in the normal weight range (66.4% of obese women conceive within 12 months, compared with 81.4% of women of normal weight).
If you’re having difficulty in falling pregnant and believe being overweight may be playing a part in it, come and chat to one of our doctors today so we can help you lose the weight you need to in order increase your chances of conceiving. Our doctors treat with a high level of care, patience and compassion and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.