A growing number of severely overweight women are turning to obesity surgery in a bid to increase their chances of motherhood, experts have revealed.
Doctors said that there has been an increase in the number of women paying for private treatment to help them lose weight, as obesity has been shown to greatly reduce fertility, the Daily Mail reports.
Infertility treatment is only normally available on the NHS for women with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30, leaving women who are desperate to have a child with little hope of pregnancy.
One patient who chose to have obesity surgery told the Evening Standard that she subsequently lost weight and is now hoping to become pregnant with the help of a Harley Street gynaecologist.
The procedure involved placing a band around the stomach to create a small pouch, restricting the amount of food that could be eaten.
She revealed: "I know my size played a part in my pregnancy problems - it is very upsetting but you have to be honest with yourself.
"I have struggled with my weight for so long that a gastric band seemed the best option."
Being overweight is thought to reduce fertility by up to 50 per cent.