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Ovulation and Exercise

With the spurt in the number of fitness centers and gyms across the country, more and more people are gaining an increasing awareness of the importance of regular exercise. However, is it possible to over-exercise? 

The answer to this is, of course, a yes. But then you knew that. It is important to increase the amount you exercise, gradually. Don't push yourself too hard, only to collapse the next day. Take it slow and easy, or you will only cause more harm than good, defeating the purpose of exercise

However, there's more to the story. 

Irregular periods

Women who are looking to get pregnant, should be especially careful. Excessive athletic activity could cause a change in the ovulation cycle, leading to irregular periods, delayed periods, and then skipping of periods. If this happens, it means you are definitely overdoing it. 

Unable to conceive

You may be unable to conceive until you lighten up your workout. Even if you are not looking to get pregnant, excessive exercise, which results in you skipping your period (amenorrhea), leads to a severe loss in bone density, leading to osteoporosis. So if you or someone you know has a high fitness level, and if seems to be affecting your period, you should start taking it easy. Marathon runners especially acquire exercised induced amenorrhea

It is thus important that you take small breaks from strenuous athletic activity.

Pushing yourself too hard, too soon

It is very important to exercise regularly, but don't push yourself endlessly. If you jog, it could be tempting to increase your distance by just a little bit every time. Do this, and before you know it, you will be jogging six hours a week, if not more, which may be a little excessive. If you have been exercising since childhood, if your current level of fitness is relatively high, and if you have noticed no irregularities in your period, then you can carry on exercising at your present rate.  

Fitness experts' opinion

Certain fitness experts feel that a 'fit' woman who has not been getting her period, is healthier than a woman who gets her period. They also state that such a woman can conceive even if her period has stopped, because despite exercise-induced amenorrhea, she is still ovulating. However, because of her high exercise level, the blood does not flow out of the body, but is absorbed back into the bloodstream. 

Medical experts however seem to disagree with this opinion. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins, which could suppress the ovaries if produced in excess. The more rapidly you increase your exercise level, the less you eat, the greater the likelihood that your menstrual cycle would be affected.   

Corresponding increase in food intake

Opinion is divided on whether increased fitness levels, low weight or low body fat lead to amenorrhea. Researchers also concluded that it would be extremely irresponsible, not to mention dangerous, to state that exercise itself causes amenorrhea. The need of the hour was to find out what it is about exercise that causes amenorrhea, and this has been identified as a dangerously low fat level. The fact is that many women who exercise strenuously, also restrict their calorie intake. 

An increase in fitness without a corresponding dietary increase contributes largely to decreased menstrual flow. And if women go for more than 6 months without a period, they lose bone density.  

Athletic amenorrhea is thankfully reversible if women increase their food intake and reduce their physical activity for a short duration. 

So now you have it: if you have plenty of fat to burn, go ahead and work out strenuously. But if not, and if you are exercising just to be fit and more toned, then you need to increase your caloric intake along with increasing your exercise level. 

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sonia.5 years ago
Yoga has always made me feel peaceful and serene. Especially after a busy day at work. During periods also yoga is really good for the cramps. I and my daughter get our periods around the same time, so she joins me to yoga center only during her periods to soothe down her cramps. I got her adira period panties so that she doesn't have to worry about staining the yoga mat or anywhere else for that matter. Trying to get her to do yoga on a daily basis.
Zenia.7 years ago
excessive exercise during ovulation is not good. i had personally experienced this. i had difficulty in conceiving and also my periods were irregular and scanty. i could not find the cause for this and then consulted a doctor. i was surprised to hear that this was due to excessive exercise schedule.
Figoo.7 years ago
exercise during ovulation may result in problems if done in excess. excessive exercise can result in amenorrhea and also loss in bone density. one should exercise control when exercising. whiloe trying to conceive, it is more important to exercise with caution
Sargun Sharma.7 years ago
can one exercise during ovulation, will it affect the periods. i am a fitness freak and i just cannot do without exercising? will exercise during ovulation affect pregnancy? please do help me
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