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Drugs May Help Obese Women Conceive

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Taking fertility drugs can help level the fertility of heavy women who have difficulties getting pregnant, according to a new study.

In a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, in which 477 women were asked to take fertility drugs, scientists say that a higher dose of ovulation-stimulating drugs ensure obese women to have a lower body mass index (BMI) similar to those of their slimmer peers.

The results are said to show 25 percent of normal, 37 percent of overweight, and 36 percent of obese women who sought out treatments conceived with them.

“With the higher drug dose, you bring the chances of conceiving close to that of a normal woman, and you’ve got a good chance of a live birth,” Dr. Irene Souter, lead author on the study, said. “I wouldn’t say that obese women do better, I would say that they have a comparable outcome.”

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