Body mass index and intercourse compliance

Kelly Pagidas, Sandra A. Carson, Peter G. McGovern, Huiman X. Barnhart, Evan R. Myers, Richard S. Legro, Michael P. Diamond, Bruce R. Carr, William D. Schlaff, Christos Coutifaris, Michael P. Steinkampf, Nicholas A. Cataldo, John E. Nestler, Gabey Gosman, Linda C. Giudice

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Objective: To investigate the relationship between body mass index and intercourse compliance in the Reproductive Medicine Network's Pregnancy in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (RMN PPCOS) Trial. Design: Post hoc data analysis of subjects in the RMN PPCOS Trial. Setting: Academic medical centers. Intervention(s): None. Patient(s): Six hundred twenty-six infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with a mean age of 28.1 ± 4 years and mean body mass index (BMI) of 35.2 ± 8.7 kg/m2. Main Outcome Measure(s): Intercourse compliance and BMI. Result(s): Overall, body mass index was not associated with increased intercourse compliance. However, although patients with BMI ≥35 were less likely to ovulate than patients with BMI <35, they tend to be more compliant with intercourse frequency in ovulatory cycles than patients with BMI <35. Conclusion(s): BMI was not associated with intercourse compliance or noncompliance. An elevated BMI in infertile women with PCOS is not associated with poor intercourse compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1447-1450
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Body mass index
  • intercourse frequency
  • ovulation
  • polycystic ovary syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Pagidas, K., Carson, S. A., McGovern, P. G., Barnhart, H. X., Myers, E. R., Legro, R. S., ... Giudice, L. C. (2010). Body mass index and intercourse compliance. Fertility and sterility, 94(4), 1447-1450.