We all know the benefits of exercise for our bodies, but can too much endurance based activities lead to infertility?
Evidence based research shows that excessive amounts of rigorous exercise, such as long distance running, can be associated with a woman’s failure to conceive. This is due to stress and strain that is put on the body, thus leading the brain to go into overdrive from stress hormones, which prevents ovulation from occuring.
I always would think to myself that Guiliana Rancic was extremely underweight, and she would always talk about her exercise routine on the air. She publicly chronicled her fertility issues, and ultimatelty had to conceive through the use of a surrogate. It is true that low body mass index and high intensity training can hinder ovulation and fertility. A body mass index that is below 18 is underweight, and can severely affect fertility. It is quite possible that this was one of her issues.
Moderate pacing in your exercise regimen is highly recommended if you are trying to conceive. Professional athletes that partake in rigorous sports have been found to have lower reproductive rates. Interestingly, a recent study has shown that women who were in good physical shape and reduced their exercise regimens to a moderate level, have been able to achieve positive fertility results. So, it is important to decrease your exercise regimen, especially if you are over the age of 35. As your eggs age, any amount of stress that is added to the body can prevent ovulation from occurring. Therefore, it is crucial that you keep your weight within the normal range on the BMI scale, and exercise moderately in order to increase your chances of fertility.