Are Eating Disorders A reason Behind Infertility?

Are Eating Disorders A reason Behind Infertility?

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Our body’s systems are interrelated in such a way that it is really surprising. Did you have an idea that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can influence your ability to conceive? If you are suffering or have suffered in the past from these disorders, then you may have problems getting pregnant. There are many eating disorders which are associated specifically with women. Bulimia is a disease often associated with women. However, men also suffer from eating disorders. Few women know that there is a direct connection between fertility and eating disorder but sadly it is true. People who are stuck with such disorders might require the intervention of medical science in the form of ivf infertility treatment. If you are facing the same problem, you should visit the IVF centre. The ivf doctor at gomti clinic will offer just the right treatment for your infertility.

Types of Eating Disorders

There are many types of eating disorders.

Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is a condition in which the person restricts his diet very severely for losing weight or maintaining a slim body. While some may suffer from amild form, others may suffer from extreme forms. An individual’s BMI is used to ensure the severity of the condition. While a person with BMI17 is said to be mildly affected with it, a person with BMI 15 is a severe case of anorexia.

Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is a disorder in which a person has an alteration of binging and making up for binging phases. It may be characterized by inducing vomiting, using laxatives, indulging in excessive exercise and prolonged periods of excessive fasting may also occur. Bulimia patients seem to be underweight, normal or slightly overweight sometimes. However, that doesn’t mean that they are well-nourished.

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder

Some people suffer from eating disorders which don’t fall in the anorexia nervosa or bulimia categories. Such conditions are labeled as Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder. About half of the people with an eating disorder are under this category. It should not be taken lightly as it too can lead to serious repercussions.

Eating Disorders and  the Reproductive System

Anorexia, bulimia, and OSFED mean that the patient has to deal with many physical and mental health challenges. The effects of the disease are often very hazardous. It can lead to not only cardiac complications but also psychiatric disorders.

Common Signs of these disorders

  • Decreased fat content
  • Decreased protein content
  • Decreased  vitamin and mineral stores in the body

Body Fat and Your Hormones

Maintaining Hormonal balance is a prerequisite for successful conception. However, the balance can be maintained only when the body has enough adipose or fat tissue. People suffering from these conditions have little fat content thereby they stand low chances of conception.

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