Obesity is becoming an important issue as modern medicine continues to advance. It’s role in fertility has been largely relegated to the female partners.
A recent study published in Fertility and Sterility however pointed out that obesity in the male partners plays an equally important, if not more important role in a couple’s fertility outcome.
This finding has tremendous implications as we in the male reproductive medicine field try to optimize the male partners’ reproductive potential, through natural conception or with assisted reproductive therapy such as artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF). The importance of encouraging the men to strive for their ideal weight even if the men may not be obese cannot be underemphasized. In addition to medical and surgical therapy for specific male fertility issues, weight management should be front and center if the male partner has weight issue.