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Posted by: S | 2008/10/16

physical exercise and infertility

Can physical exercise cause infertility on woman? How much exercise is good for a woman per day and per week? What kinds of exercises are good for a woman?

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Dear S

Physical exercise in the extreme may certainly result in ovulatory problems and infertility in woman. This is particularly likely if the severity or the extent of the exercise results in a low BMI and significantly reduce body fat index. A typical example is ultra marathon runners and equivalent type of sporting activity. However the average 3 times to 4 times per week gym exercises are unlikely to seriously impair fertility although individuals situations may exist were the percentage of body fat is already significantly reduced.

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