Body fat certainly can affect your ability to conceive. “If body fat is too low or too high, it can effect estrogen, metabolism and ovulation,” explains reproductive endocrinologist Mark W. Surrey, co-founder and medical director of the Southern California Reproductive Center. While fertility problems are more common for overweight women, linked to issues with blood sugar, metabolism, renal function and blood pressure, “too low or too high is never good for fertility,” he says. To improve fertility, he suggests that women with low body fat gain weight by eating a balanced diet that includes healthy proteins, including tofu and beans.
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