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Intense Workouts Could Impair Fertility

 If you are trying to get pregnant and maintain a healthy weight, best to skip that bi-weekly step class.

Studies recently linked rigorous exercise with decreased fertility in women with a body mass index (BMI) under 25. The study out of Boston University categorized rigorous activities as running, fast cycling, aerobics, gymnastics, and swimming.

Dr. Mark Rispler with Innovative Fertility advises his clients to dial down the intensity of their workouts while trying to conceive, and instead incorporate moderate activities, which appear to enhance fertility. Moderate exercise choices include: brisk walking, leisurely cycling, golfing and gardening.

The study found no correlation between intense workouts and infertility in overweight or obese women.

3 ways exercise impacts fertility:

  • Women with a BMI under 25 can increase the chances of getting pregnant by abstaining from rigorous exercise.
  • Overweight or obese women (BMI of 25 or above) should consult a fertility doctor about beginning an exercise regimen. However, it seems that both rigorous and moderate exercise are beneficial to fertility.
  •  All women appear to benefit from incorporating moderate exercise into their daily routines.

“This study … points out the benefits of moderate exercise to all women who are planning a pregnancy and suggests that women might reduce their time to pregnancy by modulating their exercise programs,” says Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, President-Elect of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Healthful lifestyle choices can enhance your fertility, but there are genetic or physical barriers to getting pregnant that fertility specialists can diagnose and treat. If you are in the Los Angeles area, contact Dr. Rispler in Manhattan Beach to learn more about a proactive plan to start a family.


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