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.
If you are having IVF treatment, you’ve probably read online about endometrial scratch – a procedure which involves “injuring” the lining of the womb and which apparently can increase the chances of an embryo implanting.
The procedure has been in the news this week after a new review of the trials of endometrial scratch was released which suggests it may be beneficial for couples who are either trying to conceive naturally or using IUI where it seemed to increase the chances of success considerably. This has been widely reported as suggesting that everyone should go off and have a scratch but it is important to note that the review concludes that “the quality of the available evidence is low”.
You can read more about the review presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology here. There are currently trials being carried out looking at the success of endometrial scratch which should give some more good quality evidence to show whether or not the procedure is worth paying for.