Better to Be Overweight or Underweight For Your Fertility?

on Oct 11, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Improving Fertility with Fat? Some Fat May Be Good for You

The newest discovery in the world of fertility science? Doctors think that it is now possible that some fat may be good for your fertility!

If you follow the world of fertility science and fertility trends, you probably know that there is always something new on the horizon, a new and different way of thinking or a new discovery that looks promising for fertility science. The newest discovery? Doctors think that it is now possible that some fat may be good for your fertility! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The idea

Doctors think that since fat cells in the body are the ones responsible for producing estrogen, and because estrogen is so important to reproductive health, that not having enough fat in your diet can actually make it harder to get pregnant. Women who do not have enough fat in their diet might suffer from irregular periods, anovulation, and other infertility problems. On the other side of the spectrum, women who are overweight might also have a hard time getting pregnant, but in their case because they suffer from too much estrogen, due to having too much body fat.

Who is at risk?

The women who are most at risk for fertility issues due to not having enough fat in their diets are women athletes who don’t eat hardly any fat at all. We have all heard stories about athletes who train so hard that they stop having periods altogether. While these women are the ones most at risk, since their bodies contain little to no body fat, other women can be at risk as well. If you eat a diet that doesn’t contain any full fat foods, you can be at risk as well. Eating low fat or fat free dairy products can lead to fertility issues, just like exercising too hard and having no body fat can lead to fertility issues. Both can be cause for concern when it comes to fertility.

What to do?

The most important thing you can do to make sure that you are getting enough fat in your diet, is to make sure that at least some of the dairy products you eat are full fat and not low fat or fat free. Even eating full fat ice cream one or two times per week can really improve your fertility as much as 40%. Of course, just like with everything else in life, moderation is key. You have to make sure to get at least some full fat dairy in your diet, but if you take it too far and eat too much full fat dairy, that can compromise your fertility as well. You have to keep it somewhere in the middle! As you can see, it’s not so much what you eat, it’s more important that you have a healthy balance with all things in your diet.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

  • mari

    Hi at 16 had ovarien cyst removed surgically. After that i have not had any further problems, however after stopping my contraception my period has become very irregular and i have not been able to identify whether i am ovulating or not. I saw my gp, and was referred to a fertility clinic, but they will not do any further investigations until I lose weight. I have always been the same weigh so i could not understand why all over sudden no investigations were to be done as my fertility problem may not be related to my weigh. I am 39 and desparate to start a family with my husband, and feel so depressed, especially as all our friends are having children without any effort. I have tried starflower oil to regulate my period, but it did not work even in combination with dong quai tablets. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you , mari

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