Can yoga actually help you get pregnant? We all know that this low-impact form of exercise increases flexibility and toning. Key poses, however, may help to nurture, support and strengthen the endocrine and reproductive system. Some experts believe that specific poses can help promote baby-making by increasing blood flow to your pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands, and releasing muscle tension.
Studies also show that yoga can help reduce stress, which can affect fertility. New research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress in San Antonio this fall found that infertility patients who do yoga saw reduced stress levels and higher pregnancy rates.
A medical research team from New Delhi, India, examined the impact of yoga on pregnancy rates for women who had already undergone one unsuccessful IVF treatment. In the study, over 100 women undergoing frozen embryo transfers were randomly assigned into either a control (no yoga) or treatment (3 months sessions) group. Following embryo transfer, 63% of the women in the yoga group achieved pregnancy as compared with 43% in the control group.
In another study, a team in Chicago presented preliminary results of an ongoing research project on the value of yoga for infertile patients. They reported enrolling 26 patients into online or in person yoga training, with preliminary findings showing a significant reduction in anxiety scores from patients in both the in-person and online arms of the trial.
“We know infertility patients suffer from very high stress levels. These studies show that yoga represents a promising therapy for reducing patient stress during infertility treatment and even potentially improve outcome of such treatment,” said Richard J. Paulson, MD, President of the ASRM.
So if you are looking for a new exercise routine that will also help your fertility, yoga may just be the answer.