It is well-known that being very overweight can have an impact on your fertility, and so obese women are often told that they need to lose weight in order to have fertility treatment.
Now, new analysis of research from the Netherlands suggests that losing weight if you are obese might not have an immediate impact on your chances of getting pregnant with fertility treatment but what it does make a difference to is your chances of getting pregnant naturally.
The researchers found weight loss had a significant impact on the chances of getting pregnant naturally, particularly for women who were not ovulating. There was a marked increase in the chances of getting pregnant naturally for this group when they lost weight. The research team suggest that this shows that healthy lifestyle changes could be a first port of call for obese women, especially those who aren’t ovulating.
You can read more about this research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting here.
Could you give up a few hours of your time in London on Monday July 8 to help raise funds for fertility support
Every year ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, holds an annual conference which is a leading event for fertility specialists from around Europe. This year it is being held in London, and they need a small team of volunteers to help out as marshalls on the route for the charity fun run that they do each year. The funds raised will go to Fertility Europe, the patient organisation which works to get equal access to fertility care throughout Europe.
The run will take place on MONDAY 8 JULY and marshalls would be needed from 5.30 pm at ExCel Convention Centre in London. It involves being at the start/finish of the run, helping to direct the runners along the course and helping out at a water station. If this is something you might be able to consider helping with, please email Hannah firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate email@example.com