Reproductive Health and Eating Disorders
A recent study of more than 11,000 women shows that women with an eating disorder including anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating are less likely to have children than others in their age group. While exact explanations for the connections were not provided by the study, the links are clear. It is estimated that between 5% and 10% of young women who live in developed countries have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
Researchers noted that women with eating disorders often suffer from menstrual irregularities and have an increased likelihood for miscarriage. Early recognition and consistent treatment of eating disorders is crucial to maintaining overall as well as reproductive health. Dr. Amy M. Siegel is the gynecologist who understands women’s issues in today’s complex world. If you or a young woman you love suffers from an eating disorder, it is important to have a women’s health screening. Dr. Siegel is both skilled and compassionate and will help assemble the healthcare team able to effectively treat an eating disorder.