Optimizing natural fertility: the role of lifestyle modification.

McLean M, Wellons MF
Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2012 39 (4): 465-77

PMID: 23182554 · DOI:10.1016/j.ogc.2012.09.004

Preconception counseling provides an opportunity for health care providers to promote maternal and neonatal health, and to make recommendations regarding the optimization of natural fertility. While educating patients on the negative impact of maternal obesity on fertility and maternal and neonatal health; many health care providers recommend weight loss to reduce these negative outcomes. The recommendations start with lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise. This article focuses on the available evidence regarding lifestyle modifications and fertility, and on the type of lifestyle modifications that health care providers should recommend to patients seeking to optimize their natural fertility.

Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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Adult Alcohol Drinking Body Mass Index Coitus Directive Counseling Evidence-Based Medicine Exercise Female Fertility Humans Male Middle Aged Obesity Patient Education as Topic Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Preconception Care Pregnancy Risk Reduction Behavior Smoking Cessation Weight Loss

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