Prioritising for fertility treatments—the effect of excluding women with a high body mass index
Article first published online: 11 JUL 2006
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: Obesity
Volume 113, Issue 10, pages 1218–1221, October 2006
How to Cite
Gillett, W., Putt, T. and Farquhar, C. (2006), Prioritising for fertility treatments—the effect of excluding women with a high body mass index. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 113: 1218–1221. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2006.00995.x
- Issue published online: 10 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 11 JUL 2006
- Accepted 4 May 2006. Published OnlineEarly 12 July 2006.
The effect of clinical priority access criteria for access to infertility treatment was examined for women outside the body mass index (BMI) range of 18–32 kg/m2. Treatments and outcomes were analysed from 1280 cases referred from 1998 to May 2005. Sixteen percent of women had a BMI of >32 kg/m2. Overall, 38% of these women had a birth from conceiving a treatment-related pregnancy or spontaneous pregnancy, compared with 52% of women with BMI < 32 kg/m2. Weight loss allowed women in the BMI group >32<35 kg/m2 to access treatment, but women in higher BMI groups were less successful.