How can being overweight affect IVF success?
Obesity is clearly and epidemic in our country and being overweight can complicate many medical conditions. For IVF, being overweight may lower success although age is largely a more important factor.
Overweight patients may be less successful because they require more medication or may not respond as well to the medication. It is also more difficult to visualize the ovaries with ultrasound making ultrasound monitoring less precise and egg retrievals more difficult. Having a normal BMI or slightly overweight is the best prognosis. Even small weight losses of 10-20 pounds for obese patients may be helpful.
To learn more about diet and nutrition counseling relating to your fertility treatment call 973-656-2865 to set up a consultation with a Registered Dietitian.
-Blog Post by Dr. Thomas Molinaro, MD, MSCE, FACOG
Physician Partner, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey Eatontown, NJ