Can exercise affect ability to concieve?
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CJ - July 30

I have heard that maybe exercising too much can affect your ability to conceive. Does anyone know if this is true or heard anything like this from their doc? I exercise about 5-6 times per week (step aerobics and weight lifting). DH and I are having trouble conceiving. Just wondered if this could affect my cycles cause they are very irregular. I am now on Clomid to make me O. Any advice is appreciated.


Lena - July 30

Exercising to the point where your cycles are irregular or absent can effect your ability to conceive. If you are cycling regularly, then no, exercising isn't effecting your ability to conceive.


D. - July 31

I ran 10 miles a week, 5 days a week, and it affected my estrogen levels. When I cut back to 3 days a week, still only 2 miles a day, they came up to an acceptable level. If you BMI is too low or too high, it's still not a good thing. I'd get a blood workup done to see if your hormone levels are affected. If they come back acceptable I wouldn't sweat it.


Kay Kay - July 31

Thanks for asking this question. I have wondered about it.


AC - August 1

I have been struggling with this same issue. My husband and I have been trying to conceive since last December, but I have still not received my period since then (that's also when I went off birth control). I have had all sorts of blood tests done on my hormone levels, and they are at low levels. I also exercise about 6 times per week (45 minutes per time) and now my doctor has made me stop for awhile to see if anything happens. So far, it's been two months and nothing. Clomid is my next option. Let me know if that works for you. I am pretty discouraged right now.


CJ - August 2

I just found something in a magazine about this that I thought I'd share. It says that studies have shown that more than 1 hour of strenuous aerobics activity every day or running more than 10 miles a week can reduce your conception odds. Hope this helps.



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