Obesity is a continuing issue around the world and in many contexts. The growing number of obese people is an increasing concern for those in the medical profession, and obesity can pose specific challenges in relation to fertility and pregnancy. Patients who are obese require specific considerations and knowledge. Bringing together experts from a variety of specialties to examine the issues and challenges of obesity, this book discusses how obesity affects fertility, reproduction, and pregnancy. Beginning with an exploration of the epidemiology of obesity, further chapters focus on specific issues related to obesity and both male and female reproduction, the complications of obesity during pregnancy and labour, and the long term effects of obesity. This is the most comprehensive resource to examine the topic of obesity and reproductive issues, making it invaluable for medical students, professionals, and researchers in public policy and medicine.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive examination of fertility issues arising from male and female obesity
  • Clinical knowledge and expertise given to the subjects
  • In-depth examination through 47 chapters of a growing, but often overlooked, issue in fertility and pregnancy


This book would be of interest to researchers in obesity and fertility as well as gynecologists, anaesthetists, family doctors and healthcare planners.

Table of Contents

1. Foreword

Section 1- Epidemiology

2. Worldwide epidemic of obesity

  Rohana Haththotuwa and Upul Senarath

3. Social and ethnic determinants of obesity

  Chu Lim and Omar Thanoon

4. The molecular and endocrine basis of obesity

  Adnan Hasan

5. The psychological basis of obesity

  Zsolt Demetrovics and Alexander Baldacchino

6. Long term health consequence of adolescent obesity

  Mourad Seif

Section 2 - Obesity and Reproduction

7. Obesity and contraception

  Sujeetha Damodaran

8. Obesity and sexual health

  Sharon Cameron

9. Obesity, PCO and infertility

  Ioannis E. Messinis

10. Obesity and recurrent miscarriages

  Siobhan Quenby and Harish Malappa Bhandari

11. Obesity and assisted reproduction

  Mark Hamilton

Section 3 - Obesity and Male Reproduction

12. Obesity and male sexual dysfunction

  Darius Paduch

13. Sperm quality and Assisted reproduction

  Vanessa Kay

14. Role of Bariatric surgery in Male Obesity to enhance fertility

  Richard A. Anderson

Section 4 - Pregnancy and Obesity

15. Maternal Obesity and Developmental Programming

  Mark A. Hanson

16. Fetal health assessment in obese women

  Fionnuala McAuliffe and Jennifer M. Walsh

17. Obesity and prolonged pregnancy

  Siobhan Quenby and Mani Malarselvi

18. Obesity and deep venous thrombosis

  Andrew Thomson and Joanne Ellison

19. The genesis of pre-eclampsia in s


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About the authors

Tahir Mahmood

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy; Chair, HMB National Audit Project, Office of Research and Clinical Audit, Lindsay Stewart R&D Centre at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Academic Head, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George’s University Medical School, London, UK