Radiofrequency therapy to reduce BMI prior to IVF

Overweight and IVF
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Karen Botha MAR reflexologist at Essential Feeling Gidea Park, Romford who specialises in fertility

How can Radiofrequency help BMI ahead of IVF?

Here’s what you need to know about weight reduction & fertility health.

Fertility treatment outcomes: The impact of overweight on fertility treatment outcomes is significant, with evidence pointing towards lower success rates in certain BMI ranges. Women are often overweight in terms of free NHS IVF acceptability even though to the naked eye this is not noticeable. This is because your BMI is too high, meaning that your percentage of body fat is over 29%. This means that you won’t receive free pregnancy treatment because the national health service categorise you as being obese. And whilst there is speak of discriminatory practices in IVF, the use of BMI as a gatekeeping tool in IVF access has been criticized for its discriminatory implications, particularly affecting women from marginalized communities, the rules are still as such as so we must work within them.

It’s a fine line that results in many patients starving themselves to negate their obesity score. Weight loss and IVF: While weight loss is often suggested to improve IVF outcomes, the evidence supporting its efficacy remains mixed. Also, it’s worth knowing that Male BMI is also a factor in fertility. Recent research indicates that male BMI also plays a role in IVF success, challenging the focus solely on female weight. Health risks and IVF: Understanding the health risks associated with high BMI and IVF procedures is crucial for informed decision-making and patient care.

Karen Botha MAR

Co-Owner & Therapist at Essential Feeling, Romford


Questions & Answers


Key Facts and Figures

The landscape of IVF treatment is evolving, yet certain barriers remain formidable for many. In 2021, the U.S. witnessed nearly 100,000 babies born through assisted reproductive technology, such as IVF, underscoring the growing reliance on these medical interventions. However, the journey to parenthood via IVF is fraught with challenges, especially for women classified as overweight or obese. A comprehensive analysis of a quarter million IVF cycles in North America revealed a stark disparity: live birth rates stood at 31.4% for women of normal weight, but only 26.3% for those with class 2 obesity. This data not only highlights the impact of BMI on IVF outcomes but also raises questions about the accessibility and effectiveness of fertility treatments across different weight categories.


The Impact of Overweight on IVF Outcomes

Overweight and obesity are known to influence the outcomes of IVF treatment in several ways. Women with higher BMI face worse IVF outcomes compared to those with a normal BMI, including higher cycle cancellation rates, fewer harvested oocytes, and lower live birth rates. The quality and quantity of embryos are also adversely affected, reducing the chances of a successful pregnancy. These findings underscore the complex relationship between body weight and reproductive health, challenging both patients and healthcare providers to navigate these hurdles carefully. Moreover, the role of male BMI in IVF success has recently come under scrutiny, suggesting that fertility is a shared responsibility, and outcomes are influenced by the health of both partners.


Navigating the Ethical and Discriminatory Landscape

The exclusion of women with high BMI from IVF treatment raises profound ethical and discriminatory concerns. Critics argue that BMI restrictions systematically remove reproductive choices for an entire group of people, unfairly penalizing those who may already face social and medical marginalization. This practice not only reflects a narrow understanding of health and fertility but also overlooks the potential of IVF to offer hope to a diverse range of families. As the debate continues, it’s clear that a more inclusive approach, guided by shared decision-making and a comprehensive evaluation of individual health profiles, is essential for advancing fertility care.


Dieting isn’t healthy for fertility.

Here’s why.

BMI and IVF: Recent studies have shown that while BMI and IVF success rates are correlated, a nuanced approach is necessary to understand the full picture.

Your reproductive system is one of the least important to keep you alive. Your body understands this and so if the stress load you put on your ordinary functioning is too high, your body will draw extra resource from where it can. Invariably the outcomes of this mean that it’ll draw from your reproductive organs.

Think about it. How grumpy are you when you starve yourself? This is because your hormones are out of whack — there’s nothing left to keep you balanced and happy as you would normally be. And we’ve all seen women who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia who don’t have periods. Incidentally, this is why the NHS has a base level BMI of 19.

Obviously this is a vast oversimplification, but you get what we’re saying.

Essentially, when you limit your food and calorie intake, you’re putting less energy into your body so you have less left to help you get pregnant.

When the focus of a doctor is entirely on your BMI, it can force women into starvation which can affect their infertility in the short term.


What do you do if you want accepting for invitro fertilisation or IUI (Intrauterine insemination)?

You have two options.

1.There are some private clinics that will take a patient with a BMI up to around 35ish. They exist. For sure you have to pay to go private, but they exist. However, there are some issues with this in terms of evidence of a healthy pregnancy which we describe fully in this article. But, in a nutshell, studies show evidence in their analysis that your loss rates are either higher, so your chances of carrying a live baby to full term are reduced, or clinical insemination or the in vitro embryo just doesn’t take as well when you’re carrying the extra pounds.

2.Lose the weight. But we’ve already discussed how a crash diet and severely limiting your calorie intake can not give the body the care it needs for your reproduction cycle and overall health. By the way it’s important for us to note at this point that we understand why doctors use this data so strictly, there has to be a cut off, but this black and white comparison seems unfair for many ladies, particularly if a woman is at the older age on the spectrum. Their rules almost seem to force a reprod quick win otherwise the situation is you are overweight so pay for IVF or IUI treatment and pump your body full of drugs, with a lower chance of success.

However, NOTE: Embryo quality: Overweight and obesity have been linked to a decrease in both the number and quality of available embryos during IVF treatment.


Factors that may risk a successful outcome

Live birth rates: Analysis of IVF cycles has revealed that live birth rates differ across various BMI categories, highlighting the need for personalized fertility care.

The effects of undergoing this treatment can only improve and we will advise you on this during your sessions. There are no adverse effects, so your medical protocol will remain intact. You can have this BMI reduction in a lunchtime if you so choose as this isn’t surgery. It is a system that uses multipolar RF frequency technology to encourage your body to dispel fat naturally.

That said, we wouldn’t recommend running out in your lunch hour because a major part of struggling to have babies is down to the impact stress. When you’re running around like a crazy thing, that will have a negative impact on your fertility no matter how much medicine couples throw at the problems. We have an article on fertility and stress.


What’s the ultimate reproductive quick win that reduces prenatal BMIs:

*protects the quality of your eggs and general ovarian health including ovulation


*minimises the risks on your menstrual cycles. No impact on your uterus and your hormone levels will over time readjust to you are no longer clinically overweight.


*easily combats the weight gain associated with fertility conditions such as PCOS


*a quick win for a female/ couple who are on a timeline to produce their children


*maximises your outcome with tailored fertility exercise and nutrition advice


*physicists and Manchester University researchers have advocated the success of this treatment


*will work despite conditions such as diabetes


The NHS uses our pro max lipo max machine. Specialist fertility treatments reduce the size of your BMI percent which is even more effective if you combine this with exercise. Being a fertility specialist we can advise you on the best way to achieve this with the right exercise plan to support your ability to conceive whilst getting you in the best possible medical shape, as fast as possible for your hospital appointment.

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If my husband wants this treatment, will it improve his sperm count?

In terms of abnormal BMI and semen quality, being underweight can affect your partner’s low sperm concentration, the total number and motility. However, if your husband is on the larger and more heavy side, journal studies have proven that being overweight is significantly associated with:

*lower semen volume

*sperm number

*total motility sperm count

So working on this understanding, this systematic reduction of fat performed on our bodies will improve the fertility of men too.

Promax lipo machine used by Essential Feeling Romford, Essex for fat reduction, BMI, skin tightening RF therapy
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Where in Essex is your clinic?

We’re in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex by Gallows Corner intersection of the A12 and A127. We’re around two miles from the M25 J28 and 29. We have been working with fertility clients for around ten years and have appointments at your convenience every day of the week. Our parking is off-street, free and directly outside our treatment rooms.

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