With modern living far more stressful that it was 50 years ago, it is probably not surprising that stress could be a major cause of recent infertility problems.
However, it seems that being obese is also a contributory factor, and since obesity is a growing problem worldwide, then it is little wonder it is having an adverse effect.
These findings were recently confirmed by Dr Nahed Hammadieh, Director of the IVF and Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Centre at New Mowasat Hospital in Kuwait. The medical practitioner told reporters: “Fertility problems are on the rise in Kuwait, with around 10 and 15 percent of couples already experiencing various problems.”
The doctor added: “Obese patients who successfully lose 10 percent of their weight often become pregnant spontaneously. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a major cause of obesity, and is very common in Kuwait. It makes it easier for women to gain weight, and more difficult to lose it.”
Dr Hammadieh believes that the increasing obesity problem in Kuwait should be taken seriously. He added, “Patients with an average BMI benefit much better from fertility treatments, whereas patients with a BMI over 30 percent have a 25 percent lower success rate.
“In the UK, patients with a BMI over 35 will not be treated. Overweight patients are also more likely to suffer complications during their pregnancy.”
But the Kuwaiti expert also believes that being underweight can also affect the ability to get pregnant. This is certainly well known in women who have suffered from psychological food disorders such as Anorexia.
What’s more, as Kuwaiti married couples are often put under pressure by their families to procreate. So all in all, stress and weight are serious risk factors, which must be addressed.