Exercising After a Fertility Procedure: What You Need to Know

Fertility issues prevent many couples from having naturally born children. In these cases, science and medicine have advanced enough that fertility treatments now help couples or individuals who never dreamed they could have children give birth naturally (or through the assistance of a donor or surrogate). 

Thus it is necessary to keep up with reproductive fertility news just in case new information comes to light. For example, exercise is a key element of a healthy delivery. As such, what kinds of exercise, if any, are beneficial after a fertility procedure?

Three Main Fertility Treatments

With the help of modern medicine, more people than ever before have options for fertility treatments. These treatments run the gamut from medicines that increase fertility to surgery and artificial insemination. The amount of exercise tolerable after treatment varies.

Medicinal Fertility Treatments

These are the least invasive fertility treatments available. Drugs like gonadotropins help women ovulate. Medicines approved by the FDA come with recommendations that should be followed closely. A fertility doctor can approve specific exercise regimes on a case-by-case nature.

Assisted Conception

Many patients opt for assistance with conceiving an embryo. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common fertility procedure. Rather than trust the natural means of conception, a fertility doctor directly fertilizes a human egg by injecting sperm into the egg via the cervix and a long plastic tube. The sperm must be collected and specially prepared before insemination. Fertility doctors choose the fastest swimming strongest sperm for the injection.

Generally, patients can expect to be exercise-free for parts of the process as it can take several months. During specific cycles, the patient can’t exercise or face failure risks. A fertility doctor can answer all questions about exercise but take it easy. During the process, the procedure stimulates the ovaries to be more receptive to providing a healthy egg. Exercise can cause a rare condition called ovarian torsion.

Another less common procedure is In Vitro fertilization (IVF), where the human egg is fertilized outside the body in a lab and then inserted into the womb. Exercising immediately after isn’t advisable because the embryo can dislodge from the womb wall. Again, a fertility doctor can answer questions.

Fertility Surgeries

Women’s health is a complex subject that deserves discussions about fertility choices, including invasive surgical procedures. Notably, surgeries that only women must endure for the chance at conception.

For example, a surgery that involves the fallopian tubes. Sometimes these tubes become blocked. In some cases, surgery is the only way to correct it. The most common type of blockage is scar tissue that builds up so that the ovaries cannot release eggs to meet the potential sperm. In rare cases, a surgeon must go in and detach an embryo that started developing after attaching to the fallopian tube. Called an ectopic pregnancy, this condition can be dangerous.

In cases where a patient needs a surgical procedure for fertility health, the patient will need recuperation time where there is no exercise. Like all surgeries, moving after is beneficial to prevent things like muscle degeneration. Keep in mind that if the surgical procedure involves fertilization inside the womb, extra care will be to keep the embryo from dislodging from the womb.

Not Just For Women

Some men will need surgery to correct fertility issues. For example, the epididymis inside the male testicle can get blocked and require surgery to stop the blockage. The epididymis stores and directs sperm as needed. In some cases, men might want to reverse vasectomy so they can conceive more children. Other fertility issues in men can be addressed by surgically removing sperm that is then inseminated into an egg. As is the case with women’s health, men’s health has specific things to watch for only a doctor knows about.

Fertility treatments represent the creation of life, and patients need to take extra care when adjusting to new exercise regimes. Exercise can dislodge embryos that take months to take hold. Don’t throw that work away just to get a workout in. Those fertility procedures that require invasive surgery require standard convalescence to recuperate. This means gradually getting back to a normal routine while gradually introducing activities that won’t hurt the new life.