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Doe exercise affect IVF implantation and live birth rates?

Exercising whilst trying to conceive is a personal decision and whether or not to do it is entirely up to you. You should always check with your doctor before starting or continuing with exercise, just to be safe.

This post summarises research looking at how active the mother was before having IVF/icsi and if there was a relationship between this and their IVF outcome.

Rao, Zeng and Tang in 2019, (Reproductive biology and Endocrinology) carried out a meta analysis to evaluate the association between maternal physical activity before ivf/icsi cycles and reproductive outcomes. They found:

♡ increasing (but not statistically significant) trend in implantation rate in physically active women compared to physically inactive women

♡ NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE in miscarriage rate in physically active compared to physically inactive women

♡ rates of clinical pregnancy were SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER in active women compared to inactive women.

So, no increase in miscarriage, slight but not significant increase in implantation rates and significant increase in rates of clinical pregnancy and live births in active women compared to inactive.

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