Kutteh reports on the effects of obesity, tobacco use, alcohol use, and caffeine on infertility and miscarriage.
MEMPHIS, Tenn — Dr. William Kutteh, one of the world’s leading researchers in recurrent pregnancy loss, was recently invited to present his latest findings on infertility and miscarriage at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in London.
At the July 2013 annual meeting, Kutteh reported on the effects of obesity, tobacco use, alcohol use, and caffeine on infertility and miscarriage. The data indicated that body mass index (BMI) lowers the pregnancy rate and increases the miscarriage rate in women with a BMI greater than 30.
Kutteh said, “The harmful effect of excess weight on achieving pregnancy has not been fully appreciated. The epidemic of obesity in the United States continues to result in lower pregnancy rates using all methods of reproduction.” His review confirmed similar negative effects of alcohol use in small amounts.
Kutteh further reported that the large Danish national study clearly demonstrated increased rates of pregnancy loss in women who consumed as little as two alcoholic drinks per day. The negative effects of tobacco use are well known and were confirmed in his presentation. Small amounts of caffeine, equal to two cups of coffee per day, did not have a negative effect on pregnancy rates or miscarriage.
To view Kutteh’s PowerPoint Presentation from the conference, click here:
Lifestyle Issues in RPL 2013