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Women with High BMIs Often Denied Fertility Care

Colorado Springs' Magarelli Fertility Cites Bias, Welcomes Women with High BMIs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent New York Times Magazine article spotlights how fertility practices have denied women with a high body mass index (BMI) fertility care. Dr. Paul Magarelli, founder of Magarelli Fertility, said there is a bias in his field against heavier women.

"My job as a clinician is to treat my patients as they present themselves to me," said Dr. Magarelli, who has successfully treated women with high BMIs for decades. "Women with high BMIs do present additional challenges, however confronting challenges and overcoming them is what we are charged to do."

The NYT article notes that women with high BMIs are often forced to lose weight before their doctor will administer fertility treatment, even though this requirement hasn't proven to significantly improve their odds of a successful pregnancy.

The article also notes the directive to "first lose weight" increases women's ages when they later begin treatment, further decreasing their odds of success.

"The fact is that in recent years our technological tools and understanding of fertility have improved to such a degree that we can more successfully provide treatment in spite of myriad health issues, including high BMI," said Dr. Magarelli.

A 2017 Swedish study cited by the New York Times found that women with high BMIs that were put on liquid diets for 12 weeks before starting IVF had a median weight loss of 20 pounds, but were no more likely to conceive than a control group.

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