Fertility news promising for obese prospective mothers

15th June 2011

Obese women who are suffering from a fertility-affecting condition may have a hope of conceiving, after it was found that gastric band surgery can reduce or even cure the condition.

Poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of infertility and affects around ten per cent of all women of child-bearing age, up to 50 per cent of whom are overweight or obese.

New research has shown that women who undergo bariatric surgery may be cured of their infertility by shedding weight.

Mohammad Jamal, co-author of the study and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, said: "Not many patients come to a bariatric surgeon to treat infertility problems. But this study suggests that women with morbid obesity, who are infertile secondary to PCOS, may have a new surgical option."

Pregnant women who are obese and overweight have a greater chance of suffering from gestational diabetes. They are also at greater risk of eclampsia and premature birth.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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