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Weight gain impairs fertility

12th December 2007

A major study has discovered that an overweight woman’s chance of getting pregnant steadily falls as her weight increases.

Scientists reporting in the journal Human Reproduction studied 3,000 women with fertility problems and showed there was a 4% drop in the chance of pregnancy for every body mass unit (BMI) rise above a certain point. Following the report by scientists at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam which said that very obese women fared the worst, the British Fertility Society says some women should be barred from IVF on account of their weight.

 

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