22 de October, 2023

The relationship between male obesity and infertility

Today, we face a notable increase in cases of overweight. In particular, our country leads global statistics when it comes to obesity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion adults face problems of being overweight, and of them, 300 million are classified as obese. Here, the obesity classification is applied when the body mass index (BMI) exceeds 30 units.

How does obesity affect male fertility?

Excess weight is not only linked to heart problems and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, but it also directly impacts male reproductive capacity. Some of the repercussions include:

  • A 15% reduction in sperm count compared to men of standard weight.
  • It compromises sperm motility, affecting its ability to fertilize the egg.
  • Reduced testosterone levels and a tendency towards erectile dysfunction.
  • A higher rate of fragmentation in sperm DNA can lead to implantation failures or even a higher risk of abortion during the first trimester.

Steps to face this challenge

Prioritizing a healthy lifestyle and constant physical activity is crucial. It is worth noting that many of the problems mentioned above can decrease or disappear with effective weight management. However, if you're still having trouble conceiving after a year of trying and adopting healthier habits, it might be time to consider professional help.

The importance of seeking specialized support

A reproduction specialist will be your main support, identifying and treating any problems related to conception. Time is of the essence in these cases, and early diagnosis can make all the difference.

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