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Study: Exhaustive Physical Exercise May Increase Infertility In Women

November 27, 2009 by  

Study: Exhaustive physical exercise may increase infertility in womenA recent study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology suggests that overly strenuous and frequent physical exercise may reduce a woman’s fertility.

The study found that those who trained every day and those who trained to the point of exhaustion were at an increased risk of infertility. Individuals who did both incurred the highest risk.

"When we compared those who trained to exhaustion to those who trained more moderately, we found that the first group had a three-fold greater risk of impaired fertility," said Sigridur Lada Gudmundsdottir, a Ph.D. candidate at the university.

Gudmundsdottir went on to state that a low level of activity is also a deterrent and that moderate physical activity is recommended for those looking to get pregnant.

However, the researchers said that hard training has been shown to be a temporary cause of infertility.

Meanwhile, for those looking for natural ways of boosting their fertility, experts at WomensHealth.com state there are many alternative treatments that include acupuncture, diet and certain homeopathic remedies.

"Foods rich in vitamin C, E and beta-carotenes are good for maintaining a proper ovulation cycle as well as increasing sperm count and motility in men," the source says.

The site also recommends that men increase their zinc intake an in effort to raise their sperm count.
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  • http://None Reita Hering

    This is the truth about the most unelical scam in the history of our once great Nation! I can forsee the downfall of our once great nation into a Socialist, Comunist, Natation: May God Bless us, and help those who are opposting this Obama!

  • http://None Reita Hering

    H E L P is immediately needed to stop this distruction of Our Once Great Nation, Under God, and our constitution. May the good Lord be with us and help America to form into a necessary Union of our beleiving people, to STOP OBAMA!

  • Joe H.

    This is quite true. Look at the olympic competitors. The woman actually,
    according to reports I have read and heard on the news, stop having their menses each month as the women have less than 2% body fat in most cases. That in itself can not be healthy. Men who are exercising too much raise the temperature in their testes and kill their own sperm by doing so!!

  • http://www.anti-aginggenius.com Freelancelot

    There’s nothing wrong with being an Olympic competitor, tri-athlete, etc. One must simply be aware that for a temporary period during the height of training and in the immediate aftermath of the competition, one will likely have a lowered fertility level.

    I’ve seen the new anti-exercise and anti-athletics trend emerging and I don’t like it. The balanced life is what is needed. When people hear that “moderate” physical exercise is sufficient, they think that means they can just go for walks and rake leaves to be optimally healthy. Well, I suppose it’s true…if they are going to do those things for 40 hours per week. It’s an excuse to be lazy, whether consciously or not.

    Interesting how the article makes no mention of WHY heavy exercise should lower fertility levels in women. I surmise that it has to do with the body, after a certain point (say, at less than 6% body fat or whatever), going into survival mode. The woman’s body is now trying to keep her surviving, and she doesn’t have the natural resources to nourish a fetus that way. (I’m assuming for now that there truly is a correlation here, and the study did not merely turn up a statistical coincidence.) So, even as the article points out, it is only logical that once the high-intensity training is over, fertility level will go back up.

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