- For women
- For men
- For professionals
Being overweight, especially significantly so, can affect a man’s fertility. Being underweight can also reduce a man’s fertility. So if you’re planning to have a baby in the next year or few years, healthy eating and regular exercise can boost your fertility.
Being overweight can affect a man’s fertility.
Being overweight, especially significantly so, can affect a man’s fertility. So if you’re a guy, you’re overweight and planning to have a baby in the next year or few years, you might want to act now to lose weight. Start a healthy eating and exercise plan now to increase the odds of your partner (or surrogate) getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.
Being overweight or obese can also have a negative effect on a woman’s fertility, including the time it takes to get pregnant. It can also cause complications for pregnancy and birth.
The usual way to find out if you are ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ is by calculating your body mass index or BMI. This is a weight to height ratio where your weight in kilograms is divided by the square of your height in metres. A BMI calculator – and more information about BMI – are available at the Better Health Channel. A healthy BMI is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is classified as ‘overweight’ and over 30 as ‘obese’.
The Dieticians Association of Australia website has some excellent information about creating your own healthy diet plan. Visit the Australian Government’s Healthy Weight website for more information about a ‘balanced diet’ and guidelines for how much exercise you need to do to both lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
Overweight and obese men have worse sperm quality than men of healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can also cause hormonal changes that reduce fertility and make men less interested in sex. Men who are very overweight are also more likely to have problems getting an erection. Together, these factors reduce the chances of men who are overweight or obese fathering a child.
Being underweight can also reduce a man’s sperm quality and therefore his fertility. A BMI under 18.5 is classified as ‘underweight’.
"A man’s weight doesn’t affect his fertility."
Being overweight and obese reduces a man’s fertility.
Overweight and obese men have worse sperm quality than men of healthy weight. Male obesity can reduce fertility by lowering testosterone levels and increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction. Together, these factors reduce the chances of men who are overweight or obese fathering a child.
We approached university students to see what they knew about their fertility. How does your knowledge compare? If you plan on having children in the future, It's important to know factors about fertility early on.
These fertility fact sheets for general public have been developed by the Fertility Coalition in association with the Fertility Society of […]
The father matters too. Get the facts about male fertility and how you can boost your chances of having a healthy […]
These useful resources can help you learn more about the lifestyle factors that affect fertility
In a hurry? Take the fast lane from "Your Fertility" to your Doctor.1, 2, 3 go!
Introducing ‘Leanne’ and ‘Tom’, the couple in this Fertility Coalition’s Fertility Factors video. Leanne and Tom were couch potatoes whose love life left a lot to be desired.