A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has discovered that women, especially those who suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), could significantly boost fertility by losing weight.
How can PCOS affect fertility?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that around 1 in 10 women of childbearing age will suffer from PCOS.
This condition can be affected by numerous factors, including your genetics, however the underlying cause is unknown.
Those who suffer from this condition are more likely to suffer the following:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Unusual amount of hair on the face and body
- Weight gain
The reason for this is because those with PCOS will suffer from higher than normal testosterone and androgen levels, which are hormones you would usually associate with men.
What did the study involve?
In the study obese volunteers were split into 3 groups:
- One group were given birth control pills for 4 months
- One group were asked to exercise and stick to a low-calorie diet
- The final group were asked to do both
The reason for the use of birth control pills was to boost natural female hormones and to help regulate ovulation.
What were the results of the study?
Out of the 3 groups, those who stuck to the diet and exercise plan had the best luck conceiving with 13 babies born out of 50 women.
Those who used both the birth control and diet had the second best results. With 12 babies born.
The worst performing group were those who took the birth control pills solely, with this group seeing 5 of 49 women conceiving.
While this study was small, it does indicate that weight loss could increase your chances of conceiving.
Plus, if you lose weight you will also help improve your overall health too. As those who are obese are more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes and a whole host of other life-threatening conditions.