Eating Disorders and Fertility

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    apdy

    Thank you for this very information article. On the other spectrum of eating (being overweight), does that play a role in my fertility? Or fluctuating weight frequently?

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    Courtney

    Hi there, 

    Being significantly overweight can negatively affect your fertility. A study on the effects of weight on fertility showed that for every BMI unit over 29 (a BMI between 18.5-24.9 is considered healthy), chance of pregnancy fell by 4%: http://infertility.about.com/od/researchandstudies/a/BMIsubfertile.htm

    As for how fluctuating weight can affect your fertility. If the fluctuation is small (less than 5 lbs), it probably won't have an effect on your overall health. Much larger fluctuations can take a toll on you physically, which may affect your fertility. 

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    erika.place

    My weight fluctuates tremendously sometimes and although I try hard to keep a healthy normal diet it's been hard . Being a first time mom and finding myself not losing the weight I put on even a yr later has has a crazy effect on me especially psychologically I too suffered from an eating disorder when I was young but I knew when I got pregnant with my baby nothing mattered more than his health I completely stopped, I took my vitamins and ate when I was hungry and gave in to cravings after I had him I breast fed and now I find myself toying with the idea of going back to old behavior just to lose this extra weight ......sometimes it's sooo hard it's a daily battle with the scale but I try even harder because i would never want my children to develop any kind of eating disorders. I wanna be strong all around especially because I want more children

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    Courtney

    Hi Erika,

    Thanks so much for your courage in sharing your story! Eating disorders can be very, very difficult to heal from, and it's a shame that there's so much pressure on modern women to conform to unrealistic and unhealthy standards. We're here for you at Kindara - if there's ever anything we can help you with, just let us know. You're stronger than you know :)

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