Obesity and reproduction

Introduction

THE prevalence of obesity is increasing at alarming rates in Australia. Obesity is associated with increased risk of metabolic complications such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia and insulin resistance (IR).

IR is often inextricably linked with ovarian function, leading to clinical reproductive manifestations such as subfertility and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with these presentations preceding metabolic complications of IR.

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