Infertility due to weight is a common problem, but it's one that is correctable with changes to one's diet and activity level. I would encourage you to work closely with your doctor to create a plan to help you achieve a healthy weight prior to conception. Remember, even a small decrease in body fat can go a long way to help you conceive.View Thread
Think weight-related fertility problems only apply to women who are obese? Not so. Being considerably overweight can make it harder to get pregnant, but so can being significantly underweight. Too much or too little body fat can cause hormonal imbalances that adversely affect ovulation, which is key to getting pregnant.
Underweight and Trying to Conceive Twelve percent of women who are underweight are also infertile. The main culprit: Dieting and excessive exercise that can cause your cycle to become irregular. You need a certain amount of body fat to keep a regular menstrual cycle. If you're not carrying enough body fat, you may experience infrequent or missed periods. Or your menstrual cycle may stop all together.
Work with your doctor to create a plan for gaining a healthy amount of body fat. This can improve your ability to get pregnant and to carry a healthy baby to term.
Overweight and Trying to Conceive You've heard that carrying too much body fat increases your risk for menstrual irregularities. But it also increases the risk of pregnancy loss once you get pregnant. Excess body fat can lead to a condition called hyperinsulinemia, which is when your body produces more insulin than you need. This increases the production of certain hormones that can have a negative effect on the quality of your eggs.
Fortunately, losing weight can help correct this condition and improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.
Think your weight may be affecting your fertility? How do you plan to address it?View Thread
Many women come to my practice upset and discouraged because they never got the facts about how their biological clocks really work. And by the time I see them, they've usually been trying to get pregnant for months already.
Age-related decline in fertility is more distinct in women than it is in men. In general, if you're a woman, your fertility starts declining at 35. It drops even more once you hit 38. And by 40, there is a noticeably greater risk of pregnancy loss.
The decline in conception and the increased risk of pregnancy loss are both a result of the diminished quality of your eggs as you age. As the years go by, there's also a greater risk that you'll have other disorders that could keep you from having a baby, such as fibroids, endometriosis, or tubal disease.
Because of these factors, I recommend that you seek professional assistance and counseling if you're over 35 and you haven't been able to conceive after trying on your own for 6 months.
Where are you in your conception efforts? Could it be time for you to see a fertility specialist?View Thread
Timing is everything when you're trying to conceive. The best time for conception to occur is within your "fertile window". This is generally 2-6 days prior to ovulation. But every woman is different, and it can be a challenge predicting when your fertile window opens. Some useful methods include: -- Charting the intervals between your periods. (Day 1 would be the first day of your period.) -- Basal body temperature charting -- Taking note of your cervical mucus characteristics -- Using ovulation predictor kits
These methods are not sure-fire. But they can help improve your chances of getting pregnant. If charting is difficult for you, having sex more often a few days after you menstruate can help increase your likelihood of conceiving, if your cycle is pretty regular.
I recommend that you start seeking assistance from a fertility specialist if: -- You aren't able to conceive after a year of using the fertility window prediction methods I named. -- You're over age 35 and have been unsuccessful after 6 months of trying.View Thread
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