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How Women’s Fertility Health is Improved by Yoga

Yoga and IVF-1Being physically active is one of the most important steps you can take to get healthy – and stay healthy. Women of all ages and abilities benefit from physical activity. Yoga will help you feel better and improve your fertility health. It is National Women’s Health Week and millions of women should take this time to be proactive in improving their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

Women’s Fertility Health and Yoga

When infertility is unexplained – or even if there is a clear medical diagnosis – life under the weight of fertility treatment can be daunting. Don’t despair. During fertility treatment, yoga is a holistic way to prepare one’s body for pregnancy and birth. You can receive support and nurturing from yoga for infertility during your upcoming treatment. Bottom Line: When you are investing significant amounts of time, money, and emotion into fertility treatment, you want to do everything you can to make it successful.

Yoga for Infertility

As a pregnancy enhancement tool, yoga is proven to reduce stress, balance hormones, and revamp one’s whole wellness in body, mind, and spirit. There are a myriad of benefits from yoga. Low impact yoga can significantly increase conception success rates in women undergoing fertility treatment. It can’t be emphasized enough: Always begin with a moderate yoga regimen – not high intensity exercise – and always get pre-approval from your fertility specialist. Look: Too much high-intensity yoga or other exercise has been shown to hinder successful IVF pregnancy outcomes.

Benefits of IVF Yoga

Yoga during fertility treatment combines mindful meditation with physical movement. Physical activity prepares the body for undergoing the challenges of a treatment cycle. Yoga prepares the body for pregnancy.

  • Reduces stress
  • Balances hormones
  • Balances body, mind, spirit
  • Reduces BMI

Yoga in conjunction with fertility treatment will:

  • Elicit a relaxation response in your body to reduce chronic stress
  • Counteract harmful stress hormones
  • Direct blood flow

Creative yoga sequences are specifically designed to:

  • Center attention on breathing
  • Center attention on relaxing the mind and body

Customized Fertility Treatment

Because every patient’s personal, medical, and financial needs are different, we offer customized fertility treatment.

We offer the highest quality care timed precisely around your body’s optimal state of performance.

Candidates for Fertility Treatment

  • Women with extremely damaged Fallopian tubes
  • Couples suffering from male-factor infertility
  • Couples suffering from idiopathic – unexplained – infertility
  • Women suffering from recurrent pregnancy loss – more than two miscarriages
  • LGBTQ couples using donor eggs and/or sperm

At New Hope Fertility Center, every one of our patients is provided with a unique fertility treatment protocol. Our protocols are specially designed to provide the highest standard of fertility care at the most optimal times for each patient’s body. We welcome difficult cases, regardless of the potential adverse effect on our pregnancy success rates.

Supportive and Nurturing Yoga

You will discover a love for restorative or Yin style yoga practices that will nourish your mind and body while alleviating the stress associated with fertility treatment.

Warning: Avoid practicing high-intensity yoga, such as:

  • Ashtanga
  • Power
  • Vinyasa
  • Hot Yoga

Yoga is easily adaptable to your lifestyle choices. If you have been practicing high intensity yoga methods – pump your brakes and adapt to a more moderate routine.

Remember: Your body will be working hard to produce healthy eggs and make a baby.

  • Soft Yoga Routine
  • Medium to Low Intensity
  • Nourishing Yoga Routine

Yoga Before Treatment

Before your fertility treatment begins, scale back high intensity yoga practice with a more gentle and less forceful routine.

Avoid:

  • All twisting postures
  • All inversions
  • All postures requiring jumping
  • All postures requiring unstable movements
  • All intense forward bending
  • All intense backward bending

Yoga Goals:

  • Reduce the amount you sweat
  • Breathe steady and evenly – practice pranayama
  • Become in tune with your egg growth and ovulation

Yoga for Infertility

Once you have started your treatment cycle, make sure you are practicing a very gentle pregnancy-appropriate yoga.

For self-control, include:

  • Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Soft pranayama
  • Mindfulness

To honor the intensity of yoga, maintain a ritual afterward:

  • Sip a cup of tea
  • Enjoy a healthy juice
  • Indulge in some quiet time

Egg Retrieval

On the morning of your surgical egg retrieval, allow time for meditation or pranayama.

Embryo Transfer

Practice meditation or pranayama on the morning of your embryo transfer. Then, refrain from any physical yoga in the days following.

Yoga for Infertility Care

Discover more about how soft yoga can help increase your chances of pregnancy.

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized IVF treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Centerclick the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.

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