THE BOND BETWEEN WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
When you think about your future, does it include the pitter-patter of tiny feet scurrying about your home? If you are wondering if weight-loss can improve your fertility? The answer is yes. Numerous studies have shown that losing 5-10% of weight can improve fertility, regular menstrual cycles, more regular ovulation, and more. On average, weight-loss surgery patients lose 50-70% of their excess weight.
Excess weight can impact reproductive health in several ways:
- Higher risk for female infertility
- Lower chance of spontaneous pregnancy
- Higher chance of anovulation (where an egg is not released each cycle)
- Lower IVF pregnancy rate in obese women
- Increased risk of gestational diabetes, miscarriage, and stillbirth
- Lower sperm count and motility (normal sperm movement) in overweight and obese men
- Hormones essential to reproduction, such as testosterone, may be affected
- A child born to a mother with excess weight will struggle with their weight as well.
New York Bariatric Group provides weight-loss surgeries and solutions that can lead to happy, healthy, growing families.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the leading cause of infertility in women ages 20-35. Obesity and insulin resistance are vital contributors to this hormone disorder. The Cleveland Clinic explains how insulin resistance manifests differently throughout an obese person’s body: “‘In the pancreas, it shows up as diabetes. In the liver, people develop fatty liver disease. In the ovaries, they develop PCOS.’” With weight-loss surgery, however, insulin resistance can decrease, which facilitates fertility.
An article published by the National Institutes of Health details several cases in which conception and pregnancy significantly improved post-surgery. One of these studies reported a conception rate of 100% for previously infertile PCOS subjects.
Obesity Surgery recently shared the findings of a study investigating the impact of bariatric surgery on fertility, pregnancy, and newborn outcomes in reproductive-age women. Women with regular menstrual cycles increased from 52.9% before bariatric surgery to 72.9% one year after surgery. PCOS women experienced especially notable progress in menstrual regularity. Researchers also observed positive perinatal results, with a reduction in birth weight and macrosomia rate, describing a much larger newborn than average.
If you are facing fertility challenges or have been diagnosed with PCOS, do not give up. Schedule a consultation with New York Bariatric Group to discover the ways bariatric surgery can improve your reproductive health and shape your future.
THE NEXT STEP
When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around, and our numbers prove it:
- 20 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, 1 Plastic Surgeon, and 13 PA’s
- 18,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
- The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
- Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q&A sessions
- 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
- Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
- Since 2000, we boast over 20 years of success!
Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!
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