Infertility/Fertility/Ovulation Induction and exercise
Hi Mr Ramirez,
My husband and I are currently having Ovulation Induction (OI) because I have secondary amenorrhea and don't ovulate by myself. We've just been through our third cycle, which (like the other two) resulted in ovulation but no baby!
I go for long brisk walks every day (5 miles), but that's pretty much it: I don't do any other exercise other than those brisk walks. At first, the doctors didn't seem to think that would affect my chances of getting pregnant: they advise against strenuous exercise, but they thought brisk walking every morning would be fine.
Now they're wondering if there's any sort of correlation – and I wondered if you had any insights?
Thanks very much!
Your walks are fine! They are not affecting your chances of getting pregnant. Keep in mind that OI is just returning your ovarian function to normal. It takes the average woman under 30 years old, 8-12 months to achieve pregnancy naturally. With super-ovulation (getting you to ovulate more than 1 egg per month), it takes up to 6 months to achieve pregnancy. So, 3 cycles may not be enough. There are 10 steps your body has to accomplish in order to achieve a pregnancy. OI is helping the first two steps so the remaining 8 steps have to be accomplished naturally. The body does not work perfectly every month (unlike rabbits) and that is why it takes longer for humans to get pregnant. If you are not successful after 6 months of OI, then that indicates that there is probably something else preventing the pregnancy so a full evaluation should be done prior to moving to the next treatment step.
Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
Monterey, California, U.S.A.
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