There is nothing new about the studies that have been done time and again showing that obesity is a problem in the United States. Being overweight can cause a host of problems for everyone, but what many people may not realize is that overweight women frequently stop having their monthly periods.
New research however, now suggest that weight-loss surgery may aid in regulating their monthly cycles as well as halting excessive hair growth and cure skin problems, all of which frequently area associated with substantial weight gain. Experts tell us that hormones change when our body-mass index (BMI) is high. Your BMI is calculated by your weight and height. In women, they will produce more male hormones, which contribute to menstrual disruptions. .
A study of 126 women between the ages of 18 and 49 years old and not yet in perimenopause and were planning to have Bariatric Surgery was performed. Bariatric Surgery is a procedure that reduces the size of stomach and helps a person to reduce the amount of food they consume. Of the 126 women, average BMI was 46 and 52 percent of these women reported having regular periods while 39 percent had irregular periods and just over 20 percent reported having no periods.
Twelve months after surgery, the average BMI was down to 33, and 99 percent who had previously reported irregular menses had started having regular periods again. Close to 82 percent of previously amenorrheic women (those having no periods at all) had started having regular menses, too.
Within a month after the Bariatric Surgery, the majority of the overweight women in the study that reported irregular or no menstruation prior to surgery, were having regular monthly periods afterwards. Along with their menstrual cycle correction, some experienced reduced acne, change in hair growth and a reduce of their skin darkening, medically known as acanthosis nigricans, that appears usually around the neck and underarms in skin folds.
Some experts say that these results shouldn't be that surprising. The results are easily explained that with weight loss, our hormonal balance improves. However, this doesn't touch on the other health problems associated with a high BMI. Such as the increase in hypertension that goes along with obesity, the increase in arthritis because of trauma to the joints, the increase in sleep apnea that can lead to hypertension and heart disease. The risk for endometrial cancer goes up. With all these positives, it is hard pressed to find a downside to weight loss through Bariatric Surgery, if there is a downside at all.
A woman that is trying to conceive however, should discuss how long she should wait after surgery before trying to conceive. Sometimes a year is recommended, however, Bariatric Surgery is not necessarily a solution for overweight women with fertility issues. While it may be an avenue to consider, any woman trying to conceive and is overweight should discuss these concerns with her obstetrician.
Diet and exercise are always the best approach to weight reduction, but your obstetrician/gynecologist is the only physician many woman see regularly. Your OB/GYN is , the gatekeeper of your health, is usually aware of any problems with weight and inability to conceive.