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Can exercise affect ovarian reserve?

Cicek et al, 2019 ,compared two groups of sedentary women given exercise programmes, one group given aerobic exercise and one group given strength training.

Participants in both groups received two different exercises of 60-minutes with an intensity of 60-70% for 16 weeks and 4 days per week.

After exercise program, body weight, BMI, waist and hip circumference values of both groups were significantly decreased.

In the strength training group, there was a decrease in AHM level (p<0.05) and an increase in FSH level. For this reason, the authors concluded that strength exercise practices can have negative consequences for fertility, especially for women with lower ovarian reserve values.

This is why it is important to look at the research before prescribing a training programme. Everyone is different and has different needs.

Fitness fertility matters.

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