Eating disorders and reproduction

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1999 May;39(2):167-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.1999.tb03364.x.


Eating disorders are common and characteristically affect young women at what would otherwise be their peak of reproductive functioning. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa impinge on reproduction both behaviourally and physiologically, with effects on menstruation, ovarian function, fertility, sexuality and pregnancy. This review presents a summary of current knowledge and makes suggestions for future research, along with some clinical recommendations for the management of eating disorders in pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amenorrhea / etiology
  • Anorexia Nervosa* / complications
  • Anorexia Nervosa* / diagnosis
  • Anorexia Nervosa* / physiopathology
  • Bulimia* / diagnosis
  • Bulimia* / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ovary / physiopathology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology*
  • Reproduction* / physiology
  • Risk Factors