IVF and Exercise – Is It Okay?

IVF and Exercise - Is It Okay?
IVF and Exercise - Is It Okay?

Is It Okay To Exercise During IVF?

We all know what it takes to build a nice figure and we all know how hard it is to maintain that nice figure once we have it. So, is it okay to exercise during the IVF process? It seems the jury is still out on this one. There are many reproductive endocrinologists that say it is alright to exercise and there are many that say you should limit your exercise during IVF.

Bases on a study in London, researchers have found that women who continue to exercise while they are trying to conceive using IVF may reduce their chances of conception. The research found that women who regularly exercised for more than four hours per week – and who had done so for one to nine years previously – were 40 per cent less likely to have successful IVF treatment than women who didn’t exercise.

The best thing to do is consult with your RE or fertility specialist to see what their recommendation is. Depending on your fertility and lifestyle situation, your recommendation might be different than someone else. For example, if you are a couple who has severe male factor infertility but no female infertility issues, you might be able to do some exercise where as someone with severe female infertility might want to streer clear of exercising during IVF. Talk with your doctor before you continue any exercise during the IVF process.

Before our first IVF cycle, my wife and I were going to a boot camp four days per week. This was 45 minutes a day of very strenuous activity such as kettlebells and medicine ball exercises. When we consulted with our reproductive endocrinologist, he cautioned that my wife stay away from the boot camp and strenuous exercising. Also, raising your body temperature can have negative affects on fertility and by doing strenuous exercises, your base body temperature is elevated. He suggested that my wife stick to walking and swimming while staying away from activities such as moderate to heavy weight lifting, jogging and core strength training.

IVF is not a cheap fertility procedure so if your doctor cautions you from exercising, then you should probably follow orders. Those of us that have fertility issues, need to follow the rules as closely as we can. We don’t have the luxury of trying naturally so every IVF cycle counts.

Just think, if you can hold off on strenuous exercise until after you have the baby, you can start jogging again, with the jogging stroller and baby, and get back to your normal routine!

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