If you are hoping to get pregnant, one of the best self-help steps you can take is to get fit.
Moderate exercise can improve fertility in both men and women. The word moderate is key here, as excessive exercise can adversely affect fertility. Physically active men who exercise at least three times a week for one hour have been found to score higher in almost all sperm parameters in comparison to men who participate in more frequent and rigorous exercise.
For women, becoming healthily (rather than excessively fit) also boosts your chances of conceiving, with even moderate exercise being shown to increase fertility. One study of women with ovulatory disorder found that each hour per week of vigorous activity was associated with a 7% lower relative risk of ovulatory infertility. After adjustment for BMI, a 5% reduction in relative risk per hour of weekly activity remained. Similarly, physical activity has been shown to improve fertility in obese women when coupled with weight loss. What’s more, exercise in early pregnancy can reduce discomfort later on.
However, several studies have shown that excessive exercise can adversely impact on fertility, being linked to a wide range of fertility disorders in women and erectile dysfunction and altered spermatogenesis in men, particularly when energy demands exceed dietary energy intake.
Ideally, you want to aim for three hour-long sessions a week. If you’re not already active, it’s particularly important to get professional advice to help develop an appropriate exercise plan.
Our experts at The Agora Clinic can help you make the lifestyle changes that will give you the best possible chance of achieving your dream of having a baby.
To find out more about how our fertility experts can help you, call us on 01273 229410