It's common knowledge that exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are key to keeping healthy. However there is little research as to whether exercise can help with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or not.
Moderate exercise helps
- Here are some reasons that maintaining a good, but moderate level of physical fitness may help:
- Having too high a BMI (body mass index) can lead to problems getting pregnant and staying pregnant.
- Obese patients have an increased risk of suffering miscarriages; and having polycystic ovarian syndrome (or PCOS), which can which cause infertility.
- Overweight women have a lower IVF success rate; and many clinics will insist that your BMI be normal before starting IVF treatment for you.
- On the converse side , being underweight also has a negative impact on your ability to get pregnant. This is because not enough estrogen is produced in women who are underweight, something that could negatively impact any attempts at getting pregnant - naturally or through IVF or other alternative fertility treatments.
- Harvard Medical School Researchers conducted a study on the relationship between exercise and IVF and surprisingly found that exercising too much could reduce IVF success rates .
Strenuous exercise (such as running or other high impact activities) decreased the likelihood of IVF success. If you do need to exercise during IVF, it's best to focus on lower impact exercises. It all boils down to being as healthy as you possibly can to improve your chances of successful IVF. Being unhealthy, whether you're overweight, underweight, can all contribute to having an unsuccessful experience with IVF.
Instead, women who are trying to conceive should focus on moderation and can achieve this by engaging in low-impact exercises such as walking or easy yoga, having low stress levels, and maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet .
- Being overweight can prevent pregnancy
- Being underweight can prevent pregnancy
- Exercise During IVF
- Healthy Bodies Promote Success
This is all common sense advise - but because you are going through IVF, this is a great opportunity to optimise your health, because you likely to be highly motivated!
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