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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-114

How obesity affects female fertility

1 Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Medicine, Babylon University, Babylon, Iraq
2 High Institute for Infertility Diagnosis and Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq
3 Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Kerbala University, Kerbala, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Rabab Zahir Al-yasiry
Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Medicine, Babylon University, Kerbala, Babylon
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/MJBL.MJBL_8_22

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Obesity and excessive weight affect not only overall health but also reproductive health. Many obese women are infertile, and multiple research have demonstrated the link between obesity and infertility. In addition to anovulation and menstrual abnormalities, obesity has been linked to reduced conception rate, as well as a reduced responsiveness to fertility treatment. It also raises the risk of miscarriage and increases the likelihood of neonatal and maternal complications. Treatment of obesity, particularly abdominal obesity treatment, is linked to improved reproductive function thus treating obesity must be the first priority in infertile obese women before considering drugs of ovulation induction or procedures of assisted reproduction.

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