While many women may be worrying about their chubby thighs, bulging belly, or bouncy bum there is one more thing they may have to fret about, their fatty ovaries.
You can’t see your ovaries, and the don’t make it any harder to fit into a pair of jeans, so why are fatty ovaries an issue at all? Well it turns out fatty ovaries can “upset embryonic development” according to a new study that is.
The scientists studied cow eggs. They exposed them to “high concentrations of saturated fatty acids,” and found that the eggs had “had fewer cells, and underwent changes in gene and metabolic activity.”
The lead scientist Professor Jo Leroy from University of Antwerp stated that, “We know from our previous research that high levels of fatty acids can affect the development of eggs in the ovary, but this is the first time we’ve been able to follow through to show a negative impact on the surviving embryo.”
What does that mean to women trying to get knocked up? Their conclusion is that being overweight can make it harder to conceive. Those who had more stored fat would lead to higher fatty acid levels in the ovaries and would make the process of getting pregnant more difficult.
What can be done about this? Dr Roger Sturmey from the University of Hull stated that, “our findings add further weight to the public health recommendations which emphasize the importance of women being a healthy weight before starting a pregnancy.”
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