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Clinical Trials Update
July 26, 2016

Weight Loss And Birth Rate in Obese Women

JAMA. 2016;316(4):385. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9510

Assisted reproductive techniques are less successful in obese women, who also have higher complication rates in pregnancy and labor. However, recent research suggests a lifestyle intervention designed to help obese women lose 5% to 10% of their body weight did not improve perinatal outcomes after subsequent treatment for infertility (Mutsaerts MA et al. N Engl J Med. 2016;374[20]:1942-1953). The study compared birth rates of obese women who had attempted to lose weight prior to infertility treatment with women who had infertility treatment alone.

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