Can yoga actually help you get pregnant?
We all know that this low-impact form of exercise increases flexibility and toning. But did you know that yoga has been thought to also affect your ability to conceive? While more research is still needed to correlate this readily accessible form of exercise with fertility benefits, it has many other health benefits as well.
Yoga has possible benefits that may affect fertility
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 this exercise form 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 its impact 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.
Yoga can relieve stress
Infertility patients often suffer from very high stress levels. Yoga represents a promising therapy for reducing patient stress during infertility treatment and even potentially improve outcome of such treatment.
So if you are looking for a new exercise routine that will also help your fertility, yoga may just be the answer. Ask the experts at our Louisiana fertility clinics if this exercise routine would be beneficial for you.