If at some point in your life you’ve had an eating disorder, then you’re probably going to have a harder time getting pregnant.
These findings are according to a recent study published in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which it says may be attributed to the effect of eating disorders on the hormones of women, which tend to change, resulting in either amenorrhea (absence of menstrual period) or anovulation (a menstrual cycle wherein the ovaries do not release an oocyte, or the immature egg cell needed in reproduction).
Researchers from the King’s College London and University College London studied the data of 11,088 pregnant women, whom they made to answer questionnaires during their 12th and 18th week of pregnancy. They looked at the presence of eating disorders in their medical history and the length of time it took them to conceive.
Among the respondents, 1.5 percent had a history of anorexia and 1.8 percent had bulimia. 0.7 percent, on the other hand, experienced both eating disorders at some point during their lives.
Those who had eating disorders took more than six months to get pregnant than those without a history of anorexia or bulimia. Those with eating disorders were also twice more prone to getting fertility treatment.
41.5 percent of the women with anorexia shared that their pregnancies were unplanned, versus 28.6 percent of women with no history of eating disorders.