Q: Does obesity affect my fertility?

A: Obesity has been linked to multiple medical problems including infertility. Infertility in obese and overweight women is primarily related to ovulatory dysfunction. Anovulation often results in irregular menstrual cycles. Studies have shown that 30 percent to 47 percent of obese women will have irregular menstrual cycles. The more you weigh the more likely you are to have ovulation issues and irregular menstrual cycles. Studies have shown that losing weight often leads to resumption of ovulation, normal menstrual cycles, and increased pregnancy rates.