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Weight loss does not improve birth rate in obese women with infertility, study shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2939 (Published 24 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2939
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Taking part in a lifestyle programme designed to help obese infertile women lose weight before undergoing infertility treatment does not improve their chances of having a baby more than prompt treatment for infertility without weight loss, a randomised trial shows.1

Small studies have previously found that modest weight loss may increase the chances of conception, and guidelines recommend that obese infertile women should lose 5-10% of their body weight before starting infertility treatment, but no randomised trials have …

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