Weighing the impact of obesity on female reproductive function and fertility

Emily S. Jungheim*, Jennifer L. Travieso, Margaret M. Hopeman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Obesity in women is associated with serious reproductive sequelae. Given its prevalence among women of reproductive age, much recent attention has focused on the mechanisms by which obesity affects female reproductive function and fertility. This review summarizes the literature investigating the epidemiology and pathophysiology of obesity in women of reproductive age and proposes research strategies that may help inform approaches to improve reproductive function and outcomes among obese women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S3-S8
JournalNutrition Reviews
Issue numberSUPPL1
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Female obesity
  • Fertility
  • Reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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