In one word, Yes. Bariatric surgery can greatly improve the fertility issues that overweight may women have. Patients who are able to get back to a normal weight range, also can get back to a normal menstrual cycle after their bariatric surgery.
A very important fertility problem that women face is “anovulation” which is described as the body not being able to release a ready and ripened egg every month” as a part of the normal menstrual cycle. Women who are overweight and lose approximately 5% of their weight (with bariatric surgery or without bariatric surgery) – are at times able to completely reverse this situation.
There are studies which also report that there is a great improvement in the potential for women to be able to conceive and give birth to a healthy baby post weight loss surgery. There are not only improvements with anovulation but there are also great improvements in other woman’s irregularities such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Researchers have also found a normalization of sexual hormones – all of these contribute to an increase in fertility.
There are a few adjustments that are to be made post bariatric surgery for those who are considering getting pregnant but in general, pregnancy and child birth are much easier following this surgery than they are for overweight women who do not have bariatric surgery.
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