BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a way of calculating whether you have a healthy weight for your height.
Simply Enter your height and weight details into our calculator to know if you’re a healthy weight for your height.
The result gives an indication of whether you’re a healthy weight, and if not, how over- or underweight you are.
Please note that BMI isn’t always perfect because there are other things that you might need to take into account when it comes to weight. This notwithstanding, BMI Is a useful guide.
How does weight affect fertility in women?
Many underweight, overweight, and obese women have no problem getting pregnant. But others will have problems conceiving, most often due to ovulation problems (failure to release eggs from the ovaries).
However, even obese women with normal ovulation cycles have lower pregnancy rates than normal weight women, so ovulation isn’t the only issue. A visit to a healthcare professional before becoming pregnant can help identify other disorders related to obesity that impact pregnancy such as thyroid disease, insulin resistance, and diabetes.
Are there fertility problems in men with obesity?
Obesity in men may be associated with changes in testosterone levels and other hormones important for reproduction. Low sperm counts and low sperm motility (movement) have been found more often in overweight and obese men than in normal-weight men.
Should I try to lower my BMI if I am in the obese category before I try to get pregnant?
You should first consult with a healthcare provider. He or she will consider all factors, including your age and any other infertility factors, before making a recommendation about whether you should try to lose weight first. Changing your diet and lifestyle (for example, exercise) combined with a program that may provide group support is an effective step, but not always the appropriate first step if your age or your BMI is above 40.