ASRM: Relationship Between Obesity and Infertility Explored

Obesity tied to poor fertility treatment response and higher rate of oocyte immaturity
By Beth Gilbert
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity appears to be associated with increased assisted reproductive technology cycle cancellation and treatment and pregnancy failures, and also with oocyte immaturity in women undergoing in vitro fertilization, according to two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, held from Oct. 23 to 27 in Denver.

In a retrospective cohort study, Barbara Luke, M.D., of Michigan State University in East Lansing, and colleagues studied a population that included 158,385 assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles from the Society for ART (SART) Clinical Online Reporting System for 2007 to 2008, which was limited to women with both height and weight recorded. The investigators found that increasing obesity was associated with significantly higher odds of cycle cancellation as well as treatment and pregnancy failures.

In another retrospective cohort study, Divya K. Shah, M.D., of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues evaluated 893 women (24 underweight, 549 normal weight, 161 overweight, and 159 obese) who underwent in vitro fertilization to assess the effect of maternal obesity on oocyte and embryo quality. The data revealed that underweight and morbidly obese women experienced a higher incidence of oocyte immaturity, which was associated with lower odds of successful embryo transfer per retrieval and a lower live birth rate.

"Clearly a healthy body weight is an important advantage in all aspects of health, including reproductive health. We are hoping that with better information we can provide better help to our patients whose struggle with infertility includes a struggle with weight," James Goldfarb, M.D., president of SART, said in a statement.

Abstract No. O-176
Abstract No. O-174
Press Release
More Information

Copyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95


The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95


Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95


More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.


Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events