A link has been found between bariatric weight loss surgery and fertility according to a new study.
According to Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri from the Raritan Bay Medical Center in America he believes that weight loss surgery can potentially help women who are having fertility problems.
Speaking in an article published by My Central Jersey, Dr Ayotunde Adeyeri says: “There is a strong association between obesity and infertility, and several recent studies are showing that weight loss can increase fertility in obese women.”
The doctor cites one study from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where 100 percent of women who were diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that can occur with weight gain and cause infertility, successfully achieved pregnancy after bariatric weight loss surgery.
While this is only a single study, the results are indeed impressive and are helping to give new hope to women who are having troubles conceiving a child.
“Obesity, especially centred in the abdomen, among infertile women seeking pregnancy is also associated with poor response to ovulation induction and with decreased pregnancy rates,” said Dr Ayotunde Adeyeri.
He added: “Doctors usually tell obese women who want to get pregnant to lose weight. For women who have struggled with weight gain and loss throughout their lives, this is no easy task.
“Though this is a small study it has a big result, one that morbidly obese women who are having trouble conceiving should discuss with an experienced, board-certified bariatric surgeon.”
The article stated that studies overall suggest that women with morbid obesity, who are infertile due to PCOS, may have a new surgical option to help them conceive. Many other studies have shown bariatric surgery can improve or resolve a multitude of diseases and conditions. Infertility now joins that list.
Weight loss bariatric surgery is becoming an increasingly popular choice for people as it is now widely regarded as being a safe and effective way for weight loss with sustainable results.
Not only does surgery allow for a person to lose weight, it has also been shown to help in various other areas of health including reducing infertility and other health problems associated with severe obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint problems.
While weight loss surgery may seem to be a drastic solution t weight loss, this is something that is recommended by doctors for specific cases.
Anyone considering weight loss surgery should speak to their doctor for further information and to assess if they would be suitable for the procedure.