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FERTILITY AND EXERCISE: EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW!

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FERTILITY AND EXERCISE: EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW!

Get answers to your questions about fertility and exercise

Whether you enjoy strenuous exercise or prefer to stay close to the couch, you will want to learn a few things about fertility and exercise. This is especially true if you are hoping to have a baby in the near future. Our fertility experts know that exercise can be polarizing. Some love it and others hate it. However, following exercise recommendations can help you hold your baby in your arms earlier.

What do you need to know about fertility and exercise?

Do you exercise less or more than you should? Lack of adequate physical activity can lead to weight problems, which can affect ovulation. However, excessive exercise can also lead to ovulation problems. This shows that the measure is the key in the case of fertility and exercise.

But what is considered as a measure of physical activity? Generally, you should do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least four days a week. Some great options include walking, dancing, swimming, pilates and yoga. You can also run and lift weights if you enjoy it. Just try to avoid training as you would for a marathon or weightlifting race.

Does Exercise Help Infertility?

Although exercise is not a cure for infertility, it can help with some conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This common condition causes problems such as irregular ovulation and weight gain. The good news is that exercise can help. Not only can it help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, but it can also help restore normal ovulation.

Isn't exercise enough?

Sometimes, following the exercise recommendations is not enough to make pregnancy possible. When this happens, our fertility specialists at the Alexandros Traianos Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fetal Medicine can provide treatments to help overcome barriers to conception. Whether you need a basic treatment, or need something more advanced such as IVF, our team can help. We can do a fertility test to find out why you are having a hard time conceiving and then develop a custom treatment plan just for you.

If you want to learn more and start fertility care, contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you leave infertility behind!

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS

The association of IVF drugs with cancer risk is a major concern for women enrolled in these programs. But the plethora of bibliographic reports collected from credible scientific studies and published in reputable medical journals worldwide are reassuring and do not confirm this concern.

Of course not. In about a third of cases, infertility is due to the woman (female factor), while in a third of cases, it is due to the man (male factor). The remaining one-third is due to both (both men and women) or even to unknown factors.

The quantity and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his health and lifestyle. Some factors that can reduce the quantity and / or quality of sperm are:

  • the alcohol
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking
  • health problems
  • medicines
  • radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • the age

Success rates vary at each IVF Center. Very important factors are also the age of the woman, the levels of her hormones and of course the sperm of the husband. Rates generally range from 45% or slightly higher for women up to 35 years old.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year (or 6 months, if it is a woman over 35) with normal, regular sexual intercourse. In other words, when a year passes without the woman becoming pregnant, the couple should consult their doctor to determine the cause of the pregnancy and then treat it. We must all, however, be aware and not forget that the age factor is the most critical for female fertility and that the individualized approach of each couple is the "golden key" that solves the problem.

The number of treatment cycles a woman can undergo is not specified. It is certain that in our country there are high level obstetricians-gynecologists and organized infertility treatment centers, which offer impeccable medical services at this level. If there are correct indications (eg ovaries that respond to stimulation therapy, good quality endometrium, etc.) the success rate -especially with the use of newer techniques and biotechnological drugs, which show increased bioactivity compared to conventional drugs from urine- totals approximately 65%-70% after 4 cycles of treatment.

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Dr. Traianos we offer egg / sperm cryopreservation services for those who have a personal or medical reason and need this service. We use the most modern vitrification technique in the freezing of sperm and eggs.

The collection of eggs takes 10-15 minutes, it is not painful, it is done under intoxication and after the end of the process you return to your activities.

In general, experts agree that the fact that a couple has already had a child can be considered evidence that there is no infertility problem in the first place. It is like a small test that has been done and proves that they "succeeded" at least once. On the other hand, we need to know that in the meantime things may have changed and a problem may have arisen (eg the man may have had some inflammation that affects the quality of his sperm or has mediated something that affects female fertility: an inflammation, a gynecological surgery, an abortion, etc.). In any case, if a reasonable period of time (one year) passes and a couple can not achieve a pregnancy, then he should with the help of his doctor investigate if there has been a problem that causes infertility.