New Debate: Is It Time for Infertility Weight-loss Programmes to be Couple-based?

Damian Best; Alison Avenell; Siladitya Bhattacharya; Gertraud Stadler


Hum Reprod. 2017;32(12):2359-2365. 

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Overweight and obesity in both men and women attending infertility clinics is a growing challenge. Accumulating evidence demonstrates the effects of weight on reproductive function, and the benefits of weight loss in both sexes. Individual interventions for weight loss in women are often unsuccessful—mainly due to lack of compliance. A couple-based intervention may achieve more efficient weight loss at little additional cost and promises considerable public health benefits. Further clinical trials are warranted to develop and evaluate such an intervention in terms of efficacy, cost and compliance.