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Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD posted:
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?
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huggybear101 responded:
tell me about it thats my problem and no one understands!!! i hadnt had a period in 5 years, but i started clomid recently and just had my first period in 5 years. so far i dont seem to be ovulating though, based on the tests ive been taking...its so discouraging and upsetting
 
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Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD replied to huggybear101's response:
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.
 
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huggybear101 replied to Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD's response:
My problem is being underweight actually. It's hard to change.
 
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JKayasMom responded:
I am 38 and trying for my second child my daughter is 6. I have not had even a pregnancy scare since I had her. I was on the pill for about two years after her birth. My husband and I have been trying to concieve for about a year now. I went to a fertitility specialist did the invasive and painful tests to find out nothing is wrong with me physically to stop a pregnancy. So now I am since I am about 80lbs overweight that maybe I should lose weight and that may help me get pregnant and stay pregnant.


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