Being infertile is a problem that affects up to 15 percent of couples trying to get pregnant, according to WebMD. There are many things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant from both the male and female side of things before you seek treatment with drugs or even in vitro fertilization. Diet, exercise, nutrition, and hormone regulation can all be factors in conception and sex drive in order to have a baby.
One of the factors that may influence whether or not you get pregnant can be weight control. Being underweight can hinder getting pregnant on many levels. Here is a guide as to why being underweight affects conception and ovulation and what you can do about it.
Your body’s hormones are regulated partially by how much you weigh. Any rapid fluctuations in weight or being the wrong weight can alter the amount of hormones and how your body systems work together to properly ensure everything is in working order. Being underweight can throw off the body’s natural chemicals that regulate ovulation and pregnancy including progesterone.
Fat is the key to bringing your hormones into balance according to Infertility Vancouver. Fat not only stores energy but nutrients and hormones for later release. If the body doesn’t have enough fat then your systems aren’t being energized properly nor will your ovaries get the proper amount of hormones to regulate menstruation.
Gaining weight is always a risky proposition. You should most definitely consult a physician and/or a licensed dietitian for ways to gain weight properly.
Men who are underweight can also have sperm count difficulties. For the same reason that women’s ovulation cycles are regulated by hormones, men’s testosterone levels may be too small if they weight too little according to WebMD.
Low testosterone levels lead to lower sperm counts. Fewer sperm mean less likelihood of one of those little guys getting to the egg and making a baby.
The Proper Weight
Getting to your proper weight includes eating a balanced diet and knowing what your body mass index should be. WebMD states that a normal body mass index should be around 18.5-24.9. This figure takes into account your body frame in addition to weight when it comes to proper health.
Weight gain can come from increasing calories in your diet and increasing your exercise so you have more muscle mass. Any diet and weight changes should be carefully monitored by a health professional especially as you try to get pregnant.
This article is for informational purposes only. If you believe you are infertile consult with your physician as to your options for trying to get pregnant.