The debated role of bariatric surgery in improving in-vitro fertilization outcomes in morbidly-obese infertile women-a case report and brief overview

Yi En Chang, Tzu Ning Yu, Ching Hui Chen, Szu Yuan Chou, Buo Jia Lu, Chi Huang Chen

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Abstract

Objective: Obesity has a negative impact on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes, and obese women who plan IVF treatments are often encouraged to pursue weight reduction. Bariatric surgery is an effective strategy for the treatment of morbidly obese women. The current case report is to investigate the impact of bariatric surgery on IVF outcome in a morbidly obese woman with subfertility. Case report: A 37-year-old, morbidly obese woman with subfertility was indicated for IVF treatment. Due to her high body mass index (47.9 kg/m2), she was advised to lose weight; initial failure at conservative measures of weight loss prompted her to undergo bariatric surgery, combined with post-operative lifestyle change, prior to receiving IVF treatment. The woman successfully conceived at the second cycle and delivered twins by cesarean section smoothly at 36 + 3/7 weeks of gestation. Both twins have normal development up to two years of age. Conclusions: Weight reduction mediated by bariatric surgery in subfertile and morbidly obese women can be considered before IVF treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-937
Number of pages3
JournalTaiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Female infertility
  • In-vitro fertilization
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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