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Three Tips for Exercising During Fertility Treatment
If you’re a fertility patient, you might be wondering how much activity is safe during your fertility treatment cycle. After all, some fertility conditions like Hypothalamic Amenorrhea can be the result of excessive exercise and conditions like ovarian torsion can result from high impact activity during ovarian stimulation. On the other hand, inactivity is associated with hormone imbalances like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and problems with male sperm production. These conditions are shown to improve with a healthy balance of diet and exercise. Here are three tips for maintaining a balanced exercise routine during fertility treatment:
- Stick to low impact exercise. Activities like walking, swimming, yoga, and biking (in moderation) can bump up your heart rate to just the right level without excessively raising your body temperature or heart rate. Low impact exercise regulates hormones, reduces stress, and makes you feel better overall.
- Avoid triathlons. Especially during the ovarian stimulation phase for women, triathlons come with high impact activity and high risk for ovarian torsion. For men, triathlons are recommended in moderation because extended periods of time spent sitting on a bicycle and increased body temperatures can decrease healthy sperm production.
- Get up off the couch. Not only will exercise improve your mood and provide an outlet for the stress of infertility, but it will help you to feel better about the amazing things your body CAN do. Men who exercise have more regulated testosterone levels and improved semen analyses.
If you’re still wondering which exercises are approved during fertility treatment, ask your fertility doctor. Remember, even the lowest impact exercise is better than no exercise at all!