Exercise has a variety of effects on the body, so it’s no wonder that it can also play a role in fertility.
If you get too much exercise, and fertility levels can drop greatly, especially if you’re underweight. On the flip side, too little exercise can also lower chances of conceiving, especially if you’re overweight. The goal is to find a happy medium that keeps your fertility levels high and your body healthy.
After some dithering and flip-flopping, my husband and I have finally decided to give IVF one shot. Since IUI did not work for us, and our secondary infertility is largely unexplained, we felt that we needed to give this procedure at least one chance so that we knew we had given it “our best.” We were reluctant to get to this level of involvement in fertility treatments because it is such a stressful one, not to mention various moral objections we had.
Our fertility doctor provided us with some solutions to overcome some of our moral objections. And so here we are, about to embark on what thousands of you have already endured for some time.
Taking your personality type down a notch may help.
a blog by Deborah Moore, Feb. 10, 2010
I've always been fairly driven, and until recently, this manifested itself in a drive to be fast, lean, fit, amongst the best in the world. Yes, I WAS an Ironman athlete. I trained up to 24 hours a week while holding down a job, and boy, was I in great shape. I loved being strong, fit and pushing myself through 100 mile rides.
Then my fertility doctor told me I needed to scale it back a bit. “Just how much are we talking, doc?” I asked with fear in my voice. Apparently, someone came up with an arbitrary level of four one-hour sessions at a moderate intensity for me. Apparently this was generous -- they knew I was an athlete.
My first reaction was scorn and anger. I demanded to see scientific evidence that exercise negatively impacts fertility, and that cutting back and taking it easy enhances one’s success rate. Unfortunately, there aren’t many studies that prove anything either way. And so I am stuck in in between, in no man’s land.