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Exercise and egg quality

Fitness for fertility. Exercise for fertility. This is a HUGE aspect of the infertility journey. Fitness for IVF. Fitness for endometriosis. Fitness for PCOS. Fitness for BMI. Fitness for weight loss. ( hence my name Fitness fertility!).

Did you know that fitness also supports egg quality? This is fantastic news!

Here's some data to see why this really matters on your #ttcjourney:

  • A 20-year-old has twice as good eggs as the 36-year-old

  • A 36-year-old has twice as good eggs as the 39-year-old

  • A 39-year-old has twice as good eggs as the 41-year-old

Unfortunately for a lot of our trying to conceive sisters, it can take a long time to get a diagnosis and to get fertility support. This means that we are often older by the time we are actually able to try with our own eggs (and own sperm though this is a less of an issue with age).

The good news is that there are a number of ways in which exercise can help with egg quality.

1. Increases blood flow to ovaries and this is very important- we need oxygen rich blood supply to follicles that grow eggs. Good circulation is believed to have a positive effect on egg quality plus success rates in ovarian stimulation. Plus, data has linked the quality of eggs retrieved to ovaries with good blood flow. Still need convincing? Research has also shown that embryos with the highest implantation potential come from follicles that have experienced good blood flow and have been well oxygenated.

2. Reduces stress, and stress hormones can cause problems with normal hormones which causes problems with things like ovulation. Exercise has been shown to support relaxation and so lower levels of your stress hormones. Good news for you all; all of my workouts are designed to keep your stress levels down and to actively encourage you to relax. Every little helps.

3. Our bodies will encounter free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage and age cells including sperm and egg development) from so many places including processed foods, alcohol, exercise that is too intense and the environment. You can't avoid them but you can do your best to lower your contact with them and lessen their effect. The great news is that moderate exercise releases antioxidants that can counteract the damaging effects of free radicals.

Fitness Fertility. This is why fitness is so important when you are #tryingtoconceive. Every little helps, especially when time is against you.

As always, I wish every single one of you all the best on your own #ttcjourney and if you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch (I love hearing from you, so please say hi).

For more support have a listen to my podcast episode on this very topic! Here it is on Simplecast and here it is on Spotify . It is also on Apple and all the other podcast places.

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