Body Weight Contributes to Infertility ―Physician
Dr Okezie Emenike, an Abuja based physician, said on Saturday that being over weight or under weight could cause infertility.
Emenike told the the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that it was important to understand that both underweight and overweight women and men suffered from a higher incidence of infertility.
He added that severe obesity in men affects fertility associated with imbalances in hormones that regulate sperm production.
According to him, in many cases, overweight or underweight women have hormonal disorders, which can cause them to either ovulate infrequently or not ovulate at all, leading to infertility.
“Being underweight or overweight can have negative effects on a man’s sperm, and it can kill a couples sex life because weight problems can affect a man’s libido and performance
“Generally, underweight patients can be encouraged to gain more weight, and this alone often increases their fertility significantly, or make hormonal therapy more successful.
“Overweight patients who undergo significant weight loss may ovulate without the need for fertility medications,” he said.
He, therefore, encouraged couples with fertility problems to maintain an ideal body weight for best outcome during fertility therapy.