Obesity is not just about the excess weight that may embarrass you or put you in some awkward situations; it is more than that.
The dimensions of obesity could extend to multiple damages, extending that it may reach to delay childbearing in women and men.
How can obesity affect a man's reproductive health?
1- Some studies have found that men who suffer from the accumulation of fat in the thighs and inner pubic area have insufficient sperm production and they don't function normally;
And that due to the increased temperature in the testicles of more than 35 degrees Celsius, therefore it caused a delay in childbearing.
2- It also found that the higher the body mass index (BMI) in obese male patients,
Their bodies are affected by a medical condition called "oxidative stress", which results in the formation of reactive oxygen species, which damage and harm the genetic material that resides inside the sperm.
3- Other studies have found that obese male patients, compared to another group of men with an ideal weight, suffer from low sperm count.
4- The damages of obesity also extend to a hormonal imbalance,
Obese men suffer from a decrease in the level of the male hormone "testosterone", besides an increase in the level of the female hormone "estrogen", which results in weak desire and sexual performance of the patient.
5- Poor blood supply to the male reproductive organ due to the accumulation of fat inside the blood vessels as a result of obesity and an increase in the rate of harmful cholesterol,
Therefore the patient suffers from erectile dysfunction, thus affecting sexual and reproductive health.
How can obesity affect a female's reproductive health?
1- Some studies have found that excess weight and fat accumulated in the women's body lead to polycystic ovary syndrome, which is an obstacle to a normal pregnancy or through ICSI.
2- Obesity also increases the risks which a pregnant woman could face, as she is more vulnerable to incomplete pregnancy.
Therefore, getting rid of obesity and excess weight healthily; is a step closer on your way to maintaining your reproductive health.