BMI & Fertility Treatment – A NHS requirement & does it improve your chances?

BMI and Fertility Treatment

in My Fertility Specialist, Feb-Apr 2016

My Fertility Specialist Magazine is delighted to bring you a regular column on Nutrition and Fitness for Fertility – for both men and women, by Mark Whitney and Gareth Zeal, both experts in the field of nutrition.

We all know that obesity can lead to long-term chronic health problems, but did you know that it may also lead to infertility? With regards to the NHS and fertility treatment, the right Body Mass Index (BMI) is a requirement to get access to treatment. The NHS requires a BMI figure between 19 and 24. The BMI is a number calculated from height and weight that is used to determine whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

Research has shown, not only a link between obesity and anovulation (when eggs are not released from the ovaries), but there is an infertility risk for obese women – even if they ovulate regularly…

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