If there is just one thing I could tell women — and men — that would improve their fertility, it is this:
If you are overweight, lose weight, and your chances of successfully achieving a pregnancy will increase.
A study presented recently at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France, adds more data to a growing body of research on this topic. Researchers from the University of Sydney found that for women in fertility treatment, losing weight is one of the simplest ways to improve their chances of conception. They conducted a randomized controlled trial on overweight women (BMI greater than 30) seeking fertility treatment by assigning them to either a 12-week intervention program, which included a very low-calorie diet during the first six weeks, or recommendations for weight loss. The women were all ages 37 or younger.