Obesity and Reproductive Health

The impact of weight on fertility and reproductive health is complex. Research studies suggest that having obesity may be associated with:

  • Irregular periods
  • Difficulties getting pregnant
  • Miscarriage
  • Need for higher doses of fertility medications

Additionally, having obesity can increase the risks of complications during pregnancy such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Increased rates of cesarean section

If you are facing issues related to weight and reproductive disorders such as infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or irregular menses, we’ve created the unique Michigan Interdisciplinary Clinic for Obesity and Reproduction (MICOR). In partnership with the Center for Reproductive Medicine, our clinic offers multidisciplinary care to assist you with weight loss prior to and during fertility treatment.

Why choose us

All members of our team are trained to care for those who are interested in weight management before or during fertility treatment. You will benefit from consultations with experts in obesity medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, maternal-fetal medicine, nutrition and social work. Our team members include:

What to expect at your appointment

Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to undergo lab testing and fill out some questionnaires. These labs will help the team understand your current metabolic health and will be used to develop a care plan ahead of your appointment. During your visit, you will be able to discuss different options for weight loss while also discussing your family building goals.

The appointment involves a half-day virtual visit that features a comprehensive evaluation and discussion of a variety of treatment options to assist with weight loss including:

If you are eligible and interested in a program through MEND or bariatric surgery, you are directly referred into those programs after the visit.

After your appointment, you will work closely with members of the nutrition and social work teams on your weight loss goals. You also will follow up with the reproductive endocrinology and infertility team to manage your reproductive treatment and assess weight loss progress.

Take the next step

To make an appointment with the team in the Michigan Interdisciplinary Clinic for Obesity and Reproduction, please call 734-763-6295.