I'm 41 years old/ 5'6" and currently 140 lbs. My fertility doctor says she wants me to increase my weight to 160 to increase my chances for getting pregnant w/ivf. Does fat make healthier embryos?

BMI for men and women can

BMI for men and women can affect fertility. By using a standard BMI calculator, your weight indicates a healthy BMI of 22.6. So, I think some clarification is in order. Plus, at 41, taking a few months to gain 20 pounds may not be the best use of your time.

Perhpas a second opinion might be in order.

BMI information:
•A standard medical definition of "normal" body weight is a BMI of about 18.5 - 24.9
•A BMI under 18.5 indicates that the person is "underweight"
•A BMI of 25.0 - 29.9 indicates that the individual is "overweight", but not obese
•A BMI over 30 indicates obesity
•A BMI over 40 indicates extreme obesity


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