Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Obesity Cuts IVF Success


"Obesity cuts the chance of IVF working and increases the risk of premature birth and stillbirth, the largest US study into the issue has found.The effect becomes more profound as weight increases, with the most obese women having the lowest chance of success, according to data from almost 50,000 women.The most obese women in the study had 35% less chance of falling pregnant and a 59% increased chance of giving birth to a very premature baby.
But overweight women were also at risk, with a 13% lower chance of giving birth to a live baby and a 16% increased risk of premature birth. Dr Barbara Luke, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan State University in the US, presented her findings at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Atlanta.”

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