Weight & Health
Our weight has an impact on many aspects of our health - and plays a critical role in human reproduction: being overweight or underweight is a preventative cause of infertility. Reaching a healthy weight can help you get pregnant.
A normal body mass index (BMI) is considered to be between 18.5 to 24.9. A person with a BMI of over 25 is classified as overweight, and obese when they have a BMI over 30. As with so many things healthy weight can maximise your chances of getting pregnant and increase fertility. Women with a BMI of 35 to 40 had a 23% to 43% less chance of achieving pregnancy when compared to women with a BMI below 29.
The good news
When we reach our ideal weight to get pregnant we reap numerous health benefits - and our reproductive outcomes improve. In this article we will investigate the impact that being over or underweight has on male and female fertility and provide you with helpful tips to help you to reach your optimum weight.
If you are currently overweight it is important that you consult your doctor if you are finding it difficult to conceive. Sometimes hormonal imbalances are the cause of weight gain and it is important that you receive the treatment that you need to rectify any underlying conditions that you may have. The following treatable conditions can lead to unexplained weight gain:
The impact of being overweight on fertility
The relationship between obesity and reproductive function has been known for many years. Being overweight has a negative impact on our reproductive ability. Overweight and underweight women are at a greater risk of suffering irregular menstrual cycles, impaired ovulation and suffering miscarriage. Those women trying to conceive via assisted reproduction technology such as IVF or ICSI will also have less chance of it working. One theory is that being overweight may impair reproductive function by affecting the ovaries, endometrium and hormone levels.
Traditional Chinese medicine views being overweight as the result of three main factors:
- Excess Dampness,
- Kidney Yang Deficiency
- Liver Qi stagnation.
Excess Dampness is often the result of overconsumption of sweet, greasy and processed food which damages the Spleen function. Our Spleen plays an important role in turning food into energy and getting rid of excess body fluids. However, when Spleen function is compromised, it fails to move and transform waste fluids and foods. Instead, these excess wastes will gather, collect and transform into dampness which gradually turn to excess fat.
When we are under emotional stress our Liver can become compromised and fail to regulate the correct flow of our energy – Qi. When this smooth flow of Qi is obstructed our blood flow is affected too. This sluggish flow of Qi or Liver Qi Stagnation, can block the meridians of energy as they flow around our body, block blood flow and restrict the clearance of damp – which results in weight gain. Managing stress and letting go of unnecessary emotion is a major factor when attaining and remaining a healthy weight.
Our Kidneys are the fundamental root of all Yin and Yang. Yang is the warmth and the energy that keep the metabolism active. When Kidney Yang is deficient, fluids are not moved effectively and fluid retention may occur. Our whole metabolism slows down as a result and makes it difficult to shift stubborn weight.
Impact of being underweight on fertility
Being underweight is classified as having a BMI under 18.5. This can reduce a woman’s fertility by causing hormone imbalances that affect ovulation and diminish her chances of getting pregnant and increase her risk of miscarriage. Being underweight also affects a woman’s menstrual cycle – hormone levels are affected by weight, and being just 10% underweight negatively affects your hormones. Compared to women in the healthy weight range, women who are underweight are more likely to take more than a year to get pregnant. If you are underweight your body may go into survival mode. This results in your body producing less oestrogen. With insufficient levels of oestrogen your body cannot build a follicle and may cease to ovulate regularly.
According to TCM theories being underweight is attributed to Yin Deficiency. People who are Yin Deficient will often have symptoms such as insomnia, scant periods, and reduced cervical fluids. To rectify this and to boost levels of Yin underweight patients will benefit from increasing their consumption of healthy fats found in foods such as olive oil, avocados, oily fish such as mackerel and flax seeds.
You may also benefit from drinking smoothies made with honey and banana. It is so important that you try to reach your ideal weight – every aspect of your health will heave a sigh of relief and you are far more likely to reach your pregnancy goals.
Let’s talk about men shall we?
The health and wellbeing of a potential father is just as important as that of a mother to be. It is vital that he lives a healthy lifestyle and reaches a healthy weight range in the months leading up to conception. When he is overweight a man’s sperm count is more likely to be reduced and the sperm that is produced has poorer motility – it is not able to move as much. This means that it is much less able to reach the egg. Another study demonstrated that ejaculate volume and sperm count decreased as BMI and weight circumference went up. A large scale Danish study demonstrated that as BMI went up semen quality and reproductive ability decreased. Obviously if he smokes he needs to stop. Smoking severely damages sperm.
GinSen can help you achieve healthy weight to get pregnant
We have decades of experience of helping people to both reach their target weight and their pregnancy goals. Here are some of our suggestions to help you along your way.
Acupuncture for weight loss
Studies have found that acupuncture helps with weight loss.
Acupuncture is a gentle and natural treatment that works to stimulate the flow of energy as it moves around your body. By using sterile single use needles we are able to move stuck energy and to stimulate various organs that might need a bit of encouragement. By doing this, not only will you feel more energised and relaxed, but you will also notice that you will feel more inclined to move more and to eat more healthily. Every small positive change to your diet and exercise regime will help. These changes, together with the acupuncture treatment and kindly encouragement from your acupuncturist will help you to reach your target weight.
Chinese Herbal Treatments
It’s an excellent way to help you on your weight loss journey. Many of our supplements are ideal to use in the three months prior to conceiving as they also gently prepare your body for pregnancy.
Recommended Supplement For Healthy Weight To Get Pregnant
Hormone Imbalance & Weight Loss Kit by GinSen are natural weight loss supplements.They have a gently balancing effect on your hormones whilst acting as a natural fat burner. These natural supplements have been formulated on the principles of Chinese medicine and work by dealing with the root cause of the problem.
Our Orient Weight Management supplements work by gently suppressing your appetite. This natural herbal remedy promotes feelings of fullness and reduces cravings and urges to overeat. They also boost your metabolism and increase energy levels.
Slim Detox Tea is a 100% natural weight loss tea. It sorts out indigestion, constipation and gas by gently detoxing the colon system. Try this after eating and you will notice the difference immediately. This tea also acts as a metabolism booster to help you lose weight naturally.
For more information about how GinSen can help you to reach your weight loss goals and maximise your fertility please book your free consultation today
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.