CAN EXERCISE IMPROVE FERTILITY?

How exercise affects fertility.

Can Exercise improve fertility? Maintaining a healthy weight range (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9) lowers the risk of infertility and increases the possibility of naturally conceiving (The Fertility Society of Australia, 2019). Regular moderate exercise can help you become more fertile and increase your chances of having a child. According to research on the effects of exercise on fertility, vigorous exercise lowers the risk of ovulation issues, while moderate activity lowers the risk of miscarriage and raises the chances of having a baby in women who undergo Assisted Reproductive Technology treatments.

Healthy weight = Increased Fertility

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a complicated disorder that causes infertility. Because they rarely ovulate, women with PCOS often have irregular or no periods. Regular exercise can help overweight and obese women with PCOS have more regular menstrual cycles by increasing the frequency of ovulation. The likelihood of conceiving increases as ovulation gets more frequent. However, excessive high-intensity exercise, especially when combined with ART, may impair fertility and the likelihood of conceiving a kid (The Fertility Society of Australia, 2019). As a result, it’s a good idea to avoid high-intensity activity while attempting to conceive.

Obesity in men might have a negative impact on sperm quality and fertility. Regular moderate exercise can help men lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, improving sperm quality in the process. However, excessive high-intensity exercise might harm sperm quality, thus high-intensity activity should be avoided while trying to conceive (The Fertility Society of Australia, 2019).

Exercise can help you live a happier, healthier life.

Exercise and happiness

Fertility and reproduction are dependent on both men’s and women’s overall health and quality of life. Light or moderate-intensity exercise enhances the quality of life and emotional well-being in healthy women and men, according to studies. Exercise reduced anxiety and depression symptoms and increased self-esteem in infertile women as part of a lifestyle development program. Exercise increased health-related quality of life and reduced sadness and body image distress in women with PCOS.

What to consider when trying to exercise and would want to conceive.

Regular moderate exercise can improve fertility
  • Any physical activity is preferable to none at all.
  • If you don’t currently exercise, start with achievable goals and build up to the recommended levels over time
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day
  •  Use everyday opportunities to increase physical activity
  • Minimize the amount of time you spend sitting and if you have to sit for long periods, take a break and move around as often you can.

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RND (RD) // MPhil Human Nutrition and Dietetic // BSc Sports and Exercise Science

Emmanuel Amankrah Kwofie
Emmanuel Amankrah Kwofie

RND (RD) // MPhil Human Nutrition and Dietetic // BSc Sports and Exercise Science

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