Many studies have already proven a link between a healthy BMI and fertility in
women, but now studies have shown this may also be the case in men.
Preventing infertility is just one of the many good reasons for maintaining
a healthy weight. Aim to eat a healthier diet and start taking regular exercise
if you do not do so already.
It is thought that low levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and high
levels of the hormone oestrogen is one of the contributing factors to infertility
in men who have a high BMI (Body Mass Index). A higher BMI has been found to
increase the chances of erectile problems and impotence which can result in
It has been reported that if you are over weight, you may be more likely to
experience a lower sex drive, and so therefore may not have sex as frequently.
In general, being overweight also increases your risk of cardiovascular disease,
high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and of various types of cancer.
If you and your partner are having difficulty getting pregnant and feel that
you may have a problem with your weight management, do seek the support and
advice from your Doctor and Practice Nurse. Your chances of fertility are increased
if you loose weight compared to receiving expensive fertility treatments or
have to go through invasive procedures.