Friday, September 08, 2006

British experts say: Restrict fertility treatments for obese women

Last Updated Wed, 30 Aug 2006 14:08:47 EDT

Severely overweight women should not receive publicly funded fertility treatments in England and Wales, the British Fertility Society recommended Wednesday.

Public funding of fertility treatments for obese women should be denied unless the women show they've tried to lose weight, the society said.

"Women with a body mass index of less than 19 and greater than 29 should be referred for advice from a dietitian, warned of the potential risks in pregnancy, if appropriate, provided with access to exercise advice and offered psychosocial support," a summary of the recommendations said.

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