Gum disease can lead to fertility issues

5th July 2011

Poor oral health can have an effect on women's fertility, healthcare experts have claimed.

Professor Roger Hart, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia, told attendees at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, that gum disease can have the same impact on women trying to get pregnant that being obese does.

Pointing to research detailed in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Hart highlighted that women with gum disease take on average just over seven months to get pregnant, two months longer than women without gum disease.

"Until now, there have been no published studies that investigate whether gum disease can affect a woman's chance of conceiving, so this is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy," he commented.

He added that all women who are starting to plan a family should get checked out by their general practitioner to ensure they are as healthy as possible.

According to the British Dental Foundation, most adults suffer from gum disease at some point. Symptoms include bleeding gums and unpleasant breath.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1 - Gum disease can increase the time it takes to become pregnant, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, July 2011

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