People with Eating Disorders Are Difficult to Get Pregnant

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eating disorder pregnancyA team of researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, UK, found women with anorexia (eating disorders) and bulimia tend to be more difficult to conceive.

By involving 11,088 women, the research was done when  pregnancy were at 12 and 18 weeks. Among women, 171 people or 1.5 per cent had experienced anorexia, 199 people or 1.8 per cent had experienced bulimia and another 82 people or 0.7 percent had both.

In women with eating disorders it may take up to 6-12 months to achieve pregnancy, compared to those who never had eating problems. Women with eating disorders two times more often get therapy to get pregnant, with a ratio of 6.2 percent versus 2.7 percent in the group of healthy women.

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