Obesity and poor reproductive outcome Female and male body weight matter

Capsule:
Reflections on “The influence of female and male body mass index on live-births after Assisted Reproductive Technology treatment – a nationwide register-based cohort study” by Petersen et al.

Author:
José Bellver, M.D.

Volume 99, Issue 6, Pages 1558-1559, May 2013

Abstract:

Reflections on “The influence of female and male body mass index on live-births after Assisted Reproductive Technology treatment – a nationwide register-based cohort study” by Petersen et al.

  • Gitte Lindved Petersen

    Dear José Bellver,
    Thank you for your reflections on our study which I read with great interest.
    With regard to the use of retrospective data, please allow me to refer to the data from the Danish registers being used for our study are collected prospectively at the fertility clinics and hospitals. Details on content and registration are described in The Scandinavian Journal of Public Health (July 2011 vol. 39 no. 7 suppl). The registers cover the entire population in Denmark which entails that the risk of selection bias is minimal.
    Kind regards,
    Gitte Lindved Petersen

  • The authors should be commended for this important study on the implications and responsibility to the donor on genetic testing. The authors ask some very interesting and important questions regarding decision making and cutoffs for donor eligibility. A nice follow up article may explore how such decisions are made.

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