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How Yoga Can Help You To Conceive

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Yoga has many fertility benefits and can help prepare your body for pregnancy as it is a great way to de-stress and relax, which can be helpful when trying to conceive. If you are new to yoga, starting with a beginner’s class or working with an instructor who can guide you through the poses is best. If you have been practicing for a while, you’ll be glad to learn that there are yoga poses that can help improve fertility. So today, we will explain the benefits of yoga for fertility and how it improves your chances of conceiving. 

 

Benefits Of Fertility Yoga

  • Lowers depression, stress, and anxiety. Studies have shown that up to 50% of women undergoing infertility treatments deal with levels of depression or anxiety. Incorporating yoga and mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing into your routine may help lower your body’s stress and improve your immune system.
  • Gives strength to your body. Being overweight is a factor for infertility in men and women. Exercise is crucial for any weight loss program, along with healthy eating and good nutrition. If you start exercising, yoga is a gentle way to give regular movement to your body and gain better flexibility. 
  • Releases the need for control. Yoga encourages you to have better control, which is difficult when going through infertility. Many women report that once they let go of the need to control the process, they are finally able to conceive after a long struggle.
  • Relaxes your muscles. Specific fertility yoga poses help open the muscles around your hips and pelvis, improving your blood flow and the chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy. 
  • Increases the success rates of fertility treatments. Yoga may increase your chances of achieving pregnancy if you undergo an assisted reproduction treatment such as IVF or IUI. Studies explain that yoga boosts men’s and women’s psychological states by helping minimize stress, which results in a better hormonal balance in the body.

 

 

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Best Yoga For Fertility

There are different types of yoga, each designed to achieve specific goals; the best ones for beginners to practice when trying to conceive are:

  • Restorative. This style focuses on releasing tension to bring the nervous system into a state of healing, aiming to deepen or ease the stretch capacity.
  • Hatha. This style focuses on harmony between the mind and body. It is one of the most widespread yoga methods in the world.
  • Iyengar. This style focuses on balance and incorporates accessories like blocks, straps, and mats.

 

5 Recommended Yoga Poses For Fertility

Wide-legged standing forward bend (Prasarita Padottanasana). This asana relaxes and releases the inside of the legs, which brings energy and blood to the reproductive organs.

Garland pose (Malasana). This position opens the hips, groin, calves, and feet while releasing tension in the lower organs and lower back. 

 

Half bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana). This posture exerts a gentle pressure on the thyroid glands, which helps them function. It also helps to strengthen and stabilize the sacrum. This is important because instability here irritates and inflames the surrounding muscles.

Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani). This position essentially regulates the endocrine and lymphatic systems in a gentle and restorative way. This pose should be avoided during your period.

 

Standing forward bend (Hastapadasana). While improving blood circulation in your body. This yoga pose is also vital for making your body flexible and releasing all stress from the abdomen area.

How Can Yoga Help With Conception?

There is evidence of a positive relation between yoga and fertility. Studies from the Harvard Medical School looked at a group of women who had been trying to conceive for more than a year; those who practiced yoga achieved pregnancy at a rate three times greater. Another study in the US found that six weeks of yoga lowered the anxiety levels in women undergoing IVF.

What Other Exercises Can Help Me To Conceive?

  • Pilates. Tones and relaxes the body. Its benefits are similar to yoga. 
  • Swimming. Improves cardio and overall wellness. 
  • Walking. The easiest way to build resistance and reduce stress. 
  • Dancing. Dancing movements improve blood flow.

 

Latest Fertility Treatments To Conceive

Although yoga can surely improve the chances of getting pregnant, in many cases, the root of an infertility problem can be deeper and need the help of other medical resources, like IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and IUI (Intrauterine Insemination).

 

What Is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a type of artificial insemination that involves depositing the sperm directly into the uterus. The patient is subjected to mild ovarian stimulation; then, the sperm swim towards the fallopian tubes, where fertilization occurs. IUI is one of the least complex methods and one of the first that couples turn to when looking for fertility treatment options.

 

How Much Does Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Cost in Mexico?

At The Fertility Center, Mexico, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) costs $1,100.*

 

What Is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproduction procedure where, unlike intrauterine insemination (where fertilization takes place directly in the woman’s reproductive system), fertilization takes place outside the woman’s body, in a laboratory, with sperm from the partner or a donor. As a result of fertilization, the best quality embryo is selected and transferred to the uterus so the mother can achieve pregnancy.

 

How Much Does In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Cost in Mexico?

At The Fertility Center, Mexico, IVF costs $7,500 – 70% cheaper than in the US!

 

Yoga is a great way to start preparing your body for pregnancy and has many fertility benefits, including an excellent way to increase your chances of conceiving when undergoing fertility treatment. Contact us and schedule an appointment to fulfill your dream of creating a family!

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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