Exercise Can Prevent Conception
It’s what many of us want to hear right, that if we actually do get off our duffs, that it could hurt our fertility! Well….not exactly.
When our bodies are overworked, over stressed, or constantly moving, they go into a type of physical fight or flight mode. This in turn can impact our natural fertility, as our bodies get the message that it may not be able to support and nourish another little being.
Over exercise can affect both men and women alike.
When we stress our bodies and constantly push them ‘to the brink’, our stress hormones (like adrenaline) are activated, sending a cascade of effects that can then inhibit production of the reproductive organs. This decrease in fertility is often found in marathon runners, body builder types, and those who constantly push their bodies to failure without break.
In men, extreme workouts seem to cause the internal body temperature to rise too high, thus killing off sperm and leading to low sperm counts. This can be especially harmful during workouts where the man sits; rowing, biking, etc.
In women, it can also cause an unnatural loss of body fat. This super lean body type, which to modern folks may look “perfect,” disrupts the production of estrogen— up to 30% of the body’s estrogen is produced in fat cells. Women with little to no body fat often fail to ovulate.
Lack of Exercise Prevents Conception
On the other side of the spectrum, a daily routine void of all exercise can put a damper on your fertility. Lack of movement and activity is very closely tied to excess weight, which causes too much estrogen in the body. Again, remember that 30% of a woman’s estrogen is produced in fat cells. Excess weight can also cause insulin resistance; and when you produce too much insulin, it effects your entire endocrine (hormone) system as well. If you are overweight or otherwise not inclined to workout, adding activity into your life would greatly benefit you!
Somewhere between working out like you’re being chased by a pack of rabid wolves and sitting on the couch (or behind a desk!) all day, there has to be some middle ground. A place where you can find time to exercise, feel refreshed at the end of the workout (not completely exhausted), support your reproductive organs, and enhance your natural fertility.
Where do you find your middle ground?
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