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Should Obese, Smoking and Alcohol Consuming Women Receive Assisted Reproduction Treatment?

ScienceDaily,  Jan 19, 2010

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published a position statement on the impact of the life style factors obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption on natural and medically assisted reproduction.

In a literature study the ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law summarised the negative effects of obesity, smoking and drinking on the natural reproductive potential of patients, on IVF results, pregnancy complications and outcomes and finally on the health of the future child. The paper is published online on 19 January 2010 in the journal Human Reproduction. The group made five recommendations:

1) Fertility doctors should refuse treatment to women used to more than moderate drinking and who are not willing or able to minimize their alcohol consumption.

2) Treating women with severe or morbid obesity required special justification. Read more."

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Comments (3)

I understand restrictions on women with a substance problem. But who is to determin who is and is not obese? What about this new study about "Thin Fat" people? Where they may weight less then someone of the same body statue but actually hold more body fat and be much less healthy? This group in trying to increase thier fert numbers. And since most of us pay out of pocket so to get turned down by one clinic will just force women with a certain BMI and above to seek out other clinics or hacks (hello OctoMom?) The other probelm is when Dr. over prescribe meds to a woman who is overweight. I was prescribed $6500 in meds my first round, the Dr. admited he over medicated me and chaged the protocol. Guess what, we got the same results with only spending hundreds of $$. All he coudl say is "Whoops..." and I am out $6500

I agree with the the statement that fertility treatments should be refused to women who consume more than average amounts of alcohol. But not that obese women should be refused. It mght be easy for thinner people to judge and say that heavy people don't deserve kids. But thats not fair. Having pcos makes it difficult to lose weight. And they deserve every oppurtunity to have a baby just like thin people.

i think that Fertility doctors should refuse treatment to women used to more than moderate drinking and who are not willing or able to minimize their alcohol consumption.

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