New Year, Resolutions, Exercise, & Your Fertility


Happy Holidays!

This is the time to indulge in decadent family recipes and feast on thousands of calories. In addition, I recently checked, and not surprisingly, my gym limited its hours for the holidays. My favorite exercise classes won’t even resume until January. Here I am desperately trying to fit in a few runs and spinning classes during the holidays, and it occurred to me that maybe I should motivate myself and my patients by stating what exercise can do that a plate of dark chocolate mousse filled with passion fruit panna cotta and salted caramel ice cream cannot do for your fertility! and YES, that is an amazing dessert menu item at my favorite Georgetown cafe.

"Moderate physical activity was associated with improved fertility among all women regardless of their body mass index."

In a North American preconception cohort study published in 2016, moderate physical activity was associated with improved fertility among all women regardless of their body mass index. In the same study, vigorous activity was associated with improved fertility among women with BMI greater than 25. Here is the science ladies… this study included over 2000 women and all exercise was documented during the preconception period.

Another study was presented at a conference in sunny Southern California few years ago. That study’s findings were consistent with my current recommendations for our patients. An active lifestyle in the preceding year favorably impacts the IVF outcome!

So I say enjoy your favorite holiday recipe, but do it after a brisk walk, yoga or whatever your favorite exercise is. This may lead to you achieving your reproductive goals faster.

Please see the following abstracts on this topic.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.04.011
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.12.041

- Dr. Kay Waud

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