Improving Fertility Through Lifestyle Interventions

A recent study has found that a low-intensity lifestyle intervention may improve fertility in obese women who are having trouble conceiving. Researchers have found that obese women struggling with infertility may benefit from a lifestyle intervention program. This program consisted of an 18-month intervention compiled of individuals sessions with a nutritionist and kinesiologist (exercise specialist) every 6 weeks and 12 group sessions. Their overall goal was to target diet, exercise, and motivation as a means of reducing obesity and improving fertility.

As a guideline, clinicians advise obese women with infertility to lose 5-10% body weight with lifestyle modifications. This program asked individuals to reduce their caloric intake by 500 calories per day. This comes out to roughly two cans of soda, per day. Additionally, they were asked to increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week, which is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommendation for seeing health benefits.

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They were able to demonstrate significantly improved rates of overall and spontaneous pregnancy for those who participated, as compared to the control group. At 6 months, those in the intervention lost 3.4% body weight, decreased their waist circumference and percent fat mass, and improved their healthy eating. Following the conclusion of the intervention, 60.8% of those who received the lifestyle intervention and fertility treatment had become pregnant, compared to 38.6% of those who relied on fertility treatment only. These findings emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle on fertility. Additionally, it demonstrates an effective intervention for improving fertility in obese women. The Healthy Lifestyle Center can help by providing healthy lifestyle consultations specific to exercise, nutrition, and goal setting. We can assist with providing support for adhering to a healthy lifestyle, improving health, and increasing fertility.

By Matt Lewandowski

Sources:  Lifestyle Interventions Improves Fertility in Obese Women.  Miriam E. Tucker – Medscape– April 3, 2019. Photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash