Cutting Calories Now May Result in Infertility Later

Weight. While there are some that have issues gaining weight, the battle for most individuals is figuring out how to lose it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthier and feel better better about what’s going into your body. However, cutting calories may seem like the easiest and quickest way to shed a few pounds and meet a short-term goal but in the long run, it could be effecting your future, long-term aspirations such as wanting to start a family.

According to the EatingRecoveryCenter, a study confirmed the correlation between unhealthy eating habits and infertility. The survey revealed that among women with irregular or non-existent cycles, 58 percent of them had an eating disorder at some point. This makes perfect sense. As a medical professional, I can assure you that an unhealthy weight can have the potential increase the difficulty in attempting to conceive.

As reported by EatingRecoveryCenter:

An active eating disorder can significantly impair a woman’s ability to conceive, as can unhealthy behaviors including starving, bingeing, purging or over exercising that may have occurred over prolonged periods of time in the past said Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, founding partner and chief executive officer of Eating Recovery Center.

ERC also reported that many women choose not to tell their doctors, OB-GYNs or other health care professionals that they currently struggle with or used to combat an eating disorder, making it all the more difficult for a proper diagnoses when trying to solve their mystery of infertility.

Eating disorders include the following:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Eating disorders not otherwise specified
  • Binge Eating
  • Pica

ERC suggested that individuals suffering from infertility due to an eating disorder, talk to their doctor before making any dietary changes, keep in mind that irregular/absent menstrual cycles could be the result of overly/under eating or exercise, talk to professionals about the problem and finally to be honest about their struggles and accept that they need help with them.

My biggest audience just so happens to be women. Could this be you reader? Does it apply to you or someone you know? Then pass the post along!

Dr. O


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