Are women with obesity and infertility willing to attempt weight loss prior to fertility treatment?


Journal Article (Letter)

OBJECTIVE:To assess attitudes towards weight loss interventions in patients seeking infertility treatment. METHODS:We evaluated prior weight loss experiences, attitudes towards future interventions by body mass index (BMI), and willingness to delay fertility treatment for weight loss interventions stratified by BMI using logistic regression amongst women ≤45years old with infertility over three months or recurrent pregnancy loss. RESULTS:The average age of our convenience sample of respondents (148 of 794 eligible women, 19%) was 34.5 years old, with a mean BMI of 26.7±7.4kg/m2, including 37 with a BMI >30kg/m2 (25%). Most women had attempted conception over 1year. The majority of women with overweight or obesity were attempting weight loss at the time of survey completion (69%). While 47% of these women reported interest in a supervised medical weight loss program, 92% of overweight women and 84% of women with obesity were not willing to delay fertility treatment more than 3 months to attempt weight loss. CONCLUSION:Most women with obesity and infertility in our population are unwilling to postpone fertility treatment for weight loss interventions.

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Cited Authors

  • Sacha, CR; Page, CM; Goldman, RH; Ginsburg, ES; Zera, CA

Published Date

  • January 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 125 - 128

PubMed ID

  • 29221938

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29221938

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1871-403X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.11.004


  • eng