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Q: Can obesity prevent ovulation?

A: The presence of adipose or fat tissue in obese women leads to a decrease of sex hormone binding globulin, and an increase in androgens (male hormones). This negatively affects the production of follicles in the ovary. In addition, an increased level of male hormones may prevent ovulation and can also lead to menstrual irregularities and amenorrhea.

Obese women are also more likely to be diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), and insulin resistance.

If you want to know if you fall into the overweight or obese category, find your BMI (body mass index). An optimal BMI would be between 20 and 25. Obesity also leads to an increase in heart disease and hypertension.

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