Today a customer asked me if the contraceptive pill would be affected by their weight loss and to this I have to say ' Great question'! .
Our hormones and fertility ARE affected by losing weight and the reason is simple.
You see, as ladies, majority of us generally store most of our fat around our abdomens. This 'belly fat' as most poeple call it, can be quite dangerous (for men as well as ladies). It can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, problems with your gallbladder and can cause hormonal imbalances.
Generally us ladies have fluctuating hormone levels (you know what i mean there ladies) but the fat that our bodies store around our abdomen can really affect our estrogen levels. Our Estrogen levels can have a direct impact on our fat cells. The fat cells can then produce more estrogen which sends signals to your body to store even more fat cells. So not only does it become a horrible cycle of fat cell storage (aggghhh) BUT that production in itself causes hormonal imbalance.
The fat that we store around our abdomen is called visceral fat. There's also a layer of fat called Subcutaneous fat. This is the layer of fat that is right at the top of your skin (you know the one you can pinch). The subcutaneous fat although not great as it causes that 'muffin top' effect, isn't the type of fat that poses a direct risk to our organs. It's the visceral fat that you need to concern yourself with. You see. Visceral fat wraps itself around your organs. It is linked to diabetes, fatty liver disease, gall bladder problems, cardiovascular disease & diabetes (insulin resistance), increased risk of strokes, high blood pressure. The worst thing about visceral fat is that unlike Subcutaneous fat, you can't actually see it. So you have no idea how much you have or what it's doing to your body internally!
Losing weight REALLY DOES HELP when it comes to correcting or helping hormonal imbalances. Losing just 10% of your body weight can help your body and can start to correct any hormonal imbalances caused by excess body fat.
Losing weight affects fertility...
Weight loss can help change fertility levels. When i was trying for a family, my doctor at the hospital would tell me to lose weight prior to embarking on any kind of treatment. The reason for this is due to how much effect losing weight has to play on our hormones. Once we start to lose weight, our stored fat will start to diminish. This will then change how effective our reproductive organs are (think about how that visceral fat used to strangle your organs)Well... now we are losing weight, our organs have a chance to 'breathe' again. Our hormone levels will become more balanced and over time, ladies who have had problems with fertility issues MAY find that the weight loss helps them in many ways. (this is very common for ladies with PCOS)
However, ladies who aren't wishing to start for a family just yet need to be careful and ensure they are using adequate contraceptive protection.
Please speak to your GP on a regular basis to ensure that your contraceptive method is right for you.
please note: Weight loss can not guarantee that a pregnancy will follow.
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