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‘Excessive exercise can reduce fertility’

April 14, 2019 06:13 AM

COURTESY HT APRIL 14

‘Excessive exercise can reduce fertility’
Drop in oestrogen level in women and reduced sperm count in men, says doctor
› A trainer is best suited to tell you how intense your workout should be. DR RADHIKA BAJPAI, gynaecologist & IVF expert

LUCKNOW: Hormones released during and after a workout session helped people feel active and also boosted their self confidence, however, too much of it could spell trouble for one’s reproductive health, said gynaecologist and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) expert Dr Radhika Bajpai.

Associated with the Indira IVF Hospital, Dr Bajpai said that vigorous workout could reduce one’s fertility, regardless of gender.

In a press statement issued on Friday, she said that studies conducted on women weighing “within the normal range” showed that strenuous exercising could cause delays in conception.

“Also, depending on BodyMass Index (BMI), the impact of exercise on fertility was different in different people. Exercising for a long duration can affect oestrogen levels among women. Especially, if a woman was obese, the overheated fat in her body would burn and lead to depletion of oestrogen, thus impacting fertility,” said Dr Bajpai.

She said that male fertility too could be impacted by heavy training. “It may reduce the sperm count, which is directly related to a man’s fertility. If you are into exhaustive training, there are chances that your sperm count is lower compared to someone who has been following a normal workout regimen,” she said.

Shedding light on how people could ascertain the level of exercise that was beneficial for them, Dr Bajpai recommended consulting a trainer.

“Ideally, a trainer is best suited to tell you how intense your workout should be, but there are other ways to find out. For instance, your exercise session should not make you feel exhausted later. Working out should make you feel energised, not dull, which may be the case for those who are into excessive exercising,” she said.

She said that “normal levels of exercising” such as a 20-minute brisk walk would generally benefit most.

“But people need to choose their exercises as per their body weight and overall health,” said the doctor

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