‘Excessive weight loss can affect women’s ability to conceive ’

If you are a woman obsessed with having rail-thin figures like fashion models and cine celebrities, take a pause, as it cost you the ability to become a mother.

Experts warn that gymming and dieting more than one’ capacity in a bid to have a size-zero figure can affect the menstrual cycle among females up to the extent of complete loss of periods and ability to become pregnant.

Possibilities of premature delivery, birth of low-weight babies and malnourishment are much prevalent in such women, even if they conceive after medical treatment,” Jyoti Sharma, gynaecologist, Umkal hospital said.

“Women doing extra gymming and dieting can suffer from Amenoria (Abnormal Menstruation) and loss of libido due to suppression of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and other secondary sex hormones in brain,” says gynaecologist and infertility specialist Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour.

The medics also warn against the pills taken by several women for sudden weight reduction. ”Most of the pills, even in the guise of herbal formulations, contain certain amount of oestrogen similar to contraceptive pills which restrict pregnancy.”

In acute cases, ovaries stop producing eggs that mean complete loss of one’s ability to conceive,” adds Dr Gour citing the example of one of her patients who was losing weight to become an air hostess.

Gour said, “even through her menstrual cycle resumed, the lady is still undergoing treatment for irregular periods for more than seven years.