Weight Loss and Fertility: How Weight Affects Fertility?

Are you trying to conceive? Did you know being overweight or underweight can affect your fertility. In this article, you will find out what is the ideal weight to boost your ovulation and increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Pregnancy takes a physical toll on women. You need energy. If you want to increase your fertility chances, you need to make sure that there is an open communication between your reproductive system and your conserved energy. Your weight (or BMI) is a determinant of a healthy communication between the two.

Here are the most common weight and health issues that affect fertility.

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What Effect Does Being Underweight Have on Fertility?

When you are undernutrition, your body cannot sustain sufficient menstruation and ovulation. When the fat stores completely disappear, the body will stop the processes altogether. That means your body will stop using energy to maintain your reproductive system. It has to use the energy to maintain other bodily functions.

In the Netherlands, when the daily calorie intake went from 1500 to 700, the birth rate fell. You can see the same low birth rate for women with anorexia and athletes who have stop menstruating when they are underweight.

In the Netherlands, when the daily calorie intake went from 1500 to 700, the birth rate fell. You can see the same low birth rate for women with anorexia and athletes who have stop menstruating when they are underweight.

What Effect Does Being Overweight Have on Fertility?

When you are overweight, your body has a lot of fat stored in it. Some people assume that this means that the high amount of stored energy equals high fertility. However, that is not the case, because as your weight goes up, so does your level of insulin. When your insulin levels go up, your sex hormones levels decline. This results in an abundance of free and active testosterone in your ovaries and bloodstream. These male sex hormones have a negative effect on your ovulation and can block you from getting pregnant.

Adipose tissue is the place where the body stores extra energy. The tissue is also known as body fat. It is active and very complex. The adipose tissue can generate hormones that will control your appetite, activity, reproduction, and weight. Adiponectin is a fat-burning protein that is created by fat cells. It makes your cells more sensitive to insulin and can help enhance ovulation. When you gain weight, you are decreasing the amount of adiponectin your fat cells can make. This can make your body more insulin resistant and hinder ovulation. Gaining weight can also result in an increase of leptin and other hormones that can negatively impact ovulation.

Adipose tissue is the place where the body stores extra energy. This tissue is also known as body fat. It is active and very complex. The adipose tissue can generate hormones that will control your appetite, activity, reproduction and weight. Adiponectin is a fat-burning protein that is created by fat cells. It makes your cells more sensitive to insulin and can help enhance ovulation. When you gain weight, you are decreasing the amount of adiponectin your fat cells can make. This can make your body more insulin resistant and hinder ovulation. Gaining weight also increases leptin and other hormones that affect ovulation.

Fertility and Age

Women, who have the lowest and the highest BMI do have more trouble with ovulatory infertility. However, there is also an age component to this. When women who are below or above the average BMI and are between the ages of 20 to 24 do not have as many infertility problems as women in other age ranges.

Women, who have the lowest and the highest BMI do have more trouble with ovulatory infertility. However, there is also an age component to this. When women who are below or above the average BMI and are between the ages of 20-24 did not have as many infertility problems. In fact, 21 is the ideal age for ovulation.

Ideal Fertility Weight

If you are undernutrition, gaining five to ten pounds can help start your menstrual cycle again. If you are overweight, you can improve ovulation by losing 5 to 10% of your current weight. You can determine your BMI by using your height and weight.

Underweight = r />Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

Overweight = 25–29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

The 7.5% Solution

The 5-10% weight loss range for overweight women should be narrowed to at least 7.5%. It is practical and will do more good than 5%. 7.5% means that a woman who weight 160 should lose 12 pounds. A 200 pound woman needs to lose 15 pounds. A 250 pound woman needs to lose 19 pounds to get into a healthy enough ovulation range. This decrease in weight can help improve your overall health. You can decrease the risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and kidney disease. As a result of the weight loss, your menstruation cycle will return, and you are increasing your chances of fertility.

How to Lose the Weight?

The number one way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. A nice well-balanced diet will jump start your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar level and help fuel your body so that you can burn the fat. You will also be able to develop lean muscle mass which is essential to burning fat.

When you are tempted to forgo your diet of fruits, root vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, think about your motivating factor. You want to have a baby. This cannot happen until you have healthy ovulation cycles. Losing weight is what will get you the child you long to have. Keep this in mind and you will do fine.