Obesity and Fertility

A Practical Guide for Clinicians

  • Emily S. Jungheim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Violet Klenov, Emily S. Jungheim
    Pages 1-4
  3. Alex J. Polotsky, Manuel A. Doblado
    Pages 5-14
  4. Jorge E. Chavarro, Eden Cardozo, Myriam Afeiche
    Pages 31-72
  5. Erika M. Munch, Divya Kelath Shah
    Pages 89-102
  6. Christina E. Boots, Mary D. Stephenson
    Pages 103-112
  7. Shayna N. Conner, Alison G. Cahill
    Pages 113-132
  8. Colleen McNicholas, Rachel Zigler, Tessa Madden
    Pages 133-148
  9. Melanie Meister, Amber R. Cooper
    Pages 149-159
  10. Julie S. Rhee, Jason Y. Rhee
    Pages 169-178
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 193-201

About this book


This book outlines the current understanding of how obesity affects female reproductive function across the lifespan. Topics include physiology of the menstrual cycle and early pregnancy, best practices in the delivery of contraceptive and prenatal care, and healthcare policy that weighs the evidence in appropriate balance with principles that respect women’s rights. Special attention is devoted to the idea that obesity’s adverse effects are likely trans-generational; that is, children born to obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life. Patients and their physicians need to be aware of the additional risks obesity confers in pregnancy and outline a plan of care that includes counseling preconceptionally, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum in order to decrease morbidity. Obesity and Fertility provides advice for reproductive medicine physicians and gynecologists to help guide obese patients toward improved reproductive health and outcomes. 


fertility care obesity parental obesity pregnancy reproduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Emily S. Jungheim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2610-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2611-4
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