Unfortunately for couples trying for a baby, diabetes in one of the partners can lead to additional problems that increase the risk of infertility and pregnancy. Diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction, low testosterone levels, poor sperm quality, etc. in men, while in women, it can cause decreased thyroid levels and ovarian function, thereby resulting in infertility in the long run.
Moreover, dealing with two medical problems –infertility and diabetes – can be mentally and physically stressful for the couples. Diabetes in pregnant women can even lead to abnormalities in the child.
Dr. Rashmi Yogish, Fertility Consultant at Nova IVI Fertility, Koramangala, Bengaluru says that diabetes and hypertension make pregnancies difficult now-a-days. There has been a 35% increase in diabetes-caused pregnancy complications in the last five years.
According to Dr. Rashmi, diabetes can also can be linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance disorder in women. This condition leads to increase in weight that triggers additional complications. Infertility treatment, such as IVF and ICSI, can be unsuccessful because of high blood sugar and increased weight. Dr. Rashmi stresses that losing weight before pregnancy is crucial.
Read the story in today’s The New Indian Express – Bengaluru Express: