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Eating disorders delay pregnancy

 They are also more than twice as likely to need fertility treatment, a study of more than 11,000 UK mothers has found.

Pregnancy rates after six months were lower in women with anorexia or bulimia, but by a year they were the same as the general population.

Would-be mothers should seek help early for any symptoms of eating disorders, say researchers.

They may need extra support during and after pregnancy, a team from King's College London and University College London reported in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The study found 39.5% of women with a history of bulimia or anorexia took longer than six months to conceive.

This compares with a quarter of women in the general population.

They were also more likely to need fertility treatment (6.2% of women with eating disorders, compared with 2.7% of the general population).

 

 

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