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Can you get pregnant after gastric bypass surgery?


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Assuming you were fertile before the surgery, yes.

In standard gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the belly and cuts out most of the stomach. A portion of the small intestine is also cut and reattached to the new small stomach. All this cutting takes place well away from the reproductive organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and vagina). Direct damage to these organs is extremely unlikely, and infertility is not considered to be a risk of weight loss surgery.

On the contrary, experts suspect that fertility sometimes goes up after gastric bypass surgery. There’s no proof that gastric bypass surgery directly increases fertility, but it’s known that weight loss in general improves fertility.

Women are usually counseled to avoid pregnancy for a year or more after gastric bypass surgery to achieve maximum weight loss. The delay also allows time to correct any nutritional deficiencies that occur after the surgery.

Women who get pregnant after gastric bypass surgery usually have healthy pregnancies and deliver healthy babies. Their rates of pregnancy complications may be lower than severely obese women who have not had weight loss surgery.

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