Male Obesity and Infertility

Here is another new study that was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) conference last week…..

Dr. Shayev and his colleagues just completed a study where they looked at the link between male obesity and infertility.

He began by analyzing the semen of 5316 men who were patients at the Aberdeen Fertility Center. Next, he broke the men into four groups based on their BMI. What he found was that there was indeed a correlation between weight and infertility. This finding was supported by the fact that the men in “Group B” which were those with an optimal BMI of 20-25 had more normal sperm and a greater sperm volume when compared with the men in the other groups.

Dr. Shayeb and his colleagues are excited to continue further research and learn more on why this is true. As of now they can only speculate that it has something to do with hormone levels, excessive heat in the testicles and/or an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

Based on these results, Dr. Shayev urges men to strive for an ideal body weight before trying to have a baby. :)

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