Thursday, 25 October 2012

Obesity can cause infertility

Dr Gilda Martinez …  Obesity is also associated with hormonal imbalance that results in anovulation.

MANILA, Philippines: Having their own child is seen by most couples as the ultimate affirmation of their union. 

Sadly, the chance to conceive can sometimes prove to be a challenge when one or both partners have to deal with obesity, which, unknown to many, is one of the serious causes of infertility.

According to Dr Gilda Martinez, one of the country’s foremost ob-gynecologists, there is a strong link between obesity and reproductive problems. 

“Studies have shown that obesity is associated with a general decline in overall fertility, with a significant relationship existing between excess body fat and problems with reproduction,” says Dr Martinez. 

“Obesity negatively affects fertility since it causes menstrual irregularities as a result of ovulatory dysfunction, particularly in early onset obesity. Obesity is also associated with hormonal imbalance that results in anovulation.”

Obesity also decreases success rates in in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Dr Martinez adds that obesity likewise affects male fertility. Studies show that increased fat deposits correspond to higher estrogen and lower testosterone levels, which suppress fertility. 

Obesity furthermore disrupts the synthesis of androgens, which are the hormones required for the development and maintenance of normal male reproductive function.

Fortunately for overweight or obese people, a solution now lies in the Cohen program, available exclusively at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre Philippines. 

Formulated by Dr. Rami Cohen, MD, an international specialist renowned for his research on the hormones involved in obesity and weight loss, Dr. Cohen’s research revealed that in people who suffer from “obesity syndrome,” the human growth hormone level is low; unnaturally high levels of insulin are released and serotonin is not discharged correctly. 

As a result, obese people constantly crave food and, despite how little or how much they eat, they still gain weight.

Rona Baes went down from 178 to 118 lbs. in just six months and is now two months pregnant, thanks to the Cohen program.

With the Cohen program, each person’s blood test results are used to analyze their unique blood chemistry. Dr. Cohen then personally develops an individually tailored eating plan, which triggers the body’s natural ability to shed off fat rapidly and safely.

Among those who have experienced the life-changing benefits of the Cohen program are entrepreneur Olga Lacson-Caballero and former brand manager Rona Baes. 

For eight years, Olga and her husband desperately tried to have their own baby. Olga had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a kind of hormonal imbalance that gave her long, irregular menstrual periods and dysmenorrhea. 

Olga also had a sedentary lifestyle, loved eating and drinking sweets. It’s no wonder she weighed 177 lbs. 

Like Olga, Rona also had PCOS due to her excessive weight, sedentary lifestyle, and love for beer and dining out. She had to take an anti-diabetic agent thrice daily to regulate her sugar and normalize her menstrual cycle just to conceive. 

Unlike Olga though, Rona got pregnant despite her weight but sadly, Rona’s baby was born prematurely and died due to severe infections. After her physical exam, Rona was told she was obese. 

This, coupled with the loss of her baby, motivated Rona to lose weight by trying different diet plans. Unfortunately, none of them worked.    

With no apparent solution in sight, Olga and Rona were relieved to know about the Cohen program. 

For Rona, her mother-in-law happened to also be on the program and she was encouraged to see how her other friends have lost weight and how healthy they all looked. 

Olga says undergoing the program for five months was worth it. 

“Cohen gave me rapid results. Now I feel sexy, beautiful, confident and a lot more energized,” says Olga who lost 54 lbs. 

“I steadily lost weight each week and began to feel better about myself,” says Rona, whose weight went down from 178 lbs. to 118 lbs. in six months.

Olga Lacson-Caballero lost 54 lbs. in five months and got pregnant again after enrolling in the Cohen program. 

But the biggest benefit that Olga received was when she got pregnant again. 

Like Olga, Rona was thrilled to have another chance at pregnancy. 

She’s now two months pregnant, but unlike her first pregnancy, she doesn’t have to be on medication to help her conceive and control her insulin levels. – Philippine Star

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