Does weight affect fertility?

In many cases, women may have been told to lose weight in order to increase the chances of having a baby. The statistics don’t lie; moderate weight loss does impact fertility. If someone is struggling with ovulatory infertility, according to one study, losing 5% to 10% of their current weight is often enough to improve ovulation.

This is especially helpful for women with PCOS, as weight loss can help to restore menstruation and ovulation. Excess weight can also affect men’s ability to conceive which later have to visit fertility centers for fertility treatment. Here are some tips to help to bring awareness to your habits around food. When you allow yourself to slow down, you begin to connect to what your body really needs.

·         It is best to eat with no distractions
Yes, that means turning off the TV, putting down the book or magazine. It’s time to keep your mealtimes calm and relaxing.

·         Take time to chew each bite
Learn to savor the food instead of stuffing it into the mouth. Try chewing 10 times for each bite of food.

·        Eat only when hungry
That’s a shocker. Many people don’t even know what their body is telling them.

·         Stop for a few minutes
If someone finds themselves unconsciously going to the fridge to numb feelings of loneliness, sadness, anger or frustration, stop. Put a reminder on the fridge to stop and take a few breaths before you indulge.


Dealing with infertility is difficult enough and then adding the pressure of trying to lose weight can be overwhelming. Reach out and visit fertility doctors for help. Take small steps every day toward the goal. 

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