When trying to conceive, whether through natural or assisted methods, it is always important to eat healthy and exercise daily. Eating your fruits and veggies, staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, and taking your prenatal multivitamins are important first steps.

Exercise is just as important. One way to do that is through fertility yoga. Let’s explore the connection between fertility and yoga.

Many gyms or yoga studios offer fertility yoga classes these days. Hopefully yours is finally open after being shut down the last few months due to the pandemic.

If not, you can still watch yoga classes in the comfort of your own home and follow along. But does fertility yoga really help with IVF (in vitro fertilization)?

As always, seek the advice of your obstetrician/gynecologist or fertility specialist if this is a good exercise regimen for you to start or continue.

Most yoga poses are easy and safe to do, provided you are under the direction of a certified yoga instructor. It would be best, especially if your new to yoga, that you attend a class where a yoga teacher will be able to correct your posture and make sure you are not overstretching.

Fertility Yoga

Fertility yoga is a series of yoga poses that are believed to reduce your stress levels and detoxify your body.

These poses uses a specific series of stretches that have a positive effect on a woman’s reproductive health – primarily focusing on the pelvic region and blood circulation. They stimulate blood flow to the uterus, hips, abdominal organs, and heart which support and nurture the reproductive and endocrine system.
Fertility yoga helps the body to maintain homeostasis, which is essential for the body to operate efficiently and effectively. And since yoga is a low impact workout, it is great for women to continue with the exercise once pregnant.

Benefits

There are many benefits to doing fertility yoga. Some of them include –

  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. You want to decrease your cortisol levels which is stress related.
  • Correct misalignment in the pelvic region. It is important to take care of this baby making and holding area.
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. This is said to improve and regulate ovulation.
  • Improve sleep. This added benefit of better sleep maintains your overall health.

Poses

I’m by no means a yoga expert, but there are numerous poses I’ve learned over the years that help with fertility. Most of them are basically hip openers which ironically help pregnant women with childbirth. The 5 that I especially like when I was doing fertility yoga are –

  1. Sun salutation
  2. Seated forward bend
  3. Butterfly
  4. Cobra
  5. Goddess Pose

Please check out this link, she does a wonderful job explaining how to do each pose with images and the benefits of each to improve fertility. There are many more fertility yoga poses that one can do. Again, exercise caution when doing them. You don’t want to overstretch and risk injury.

IVF and Yoga

Does fertility yoga help with IVF? Fertility and yoga aren’t directly linked, but the practice can help with some of the symptoms that make trying to conceive difficult.

Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression are even more amplified when dealing with IVF. Fertility yoga, just like meditation or acupuncture, can help ease that tension but does not increase IVF success rates.

Did you know that men can do fertility yoga too? It is said to improve sperm production, improve testosterone levels, and promote blood circulation to the pelvic area. This link also describes the many yoga poses men can do (some are similar to the women’s) that can aid in fertility.

I had no idea that fertility yoga can possibly help men too. I would’ve made my husband do yoga with me too:)

Resources

There are many resources that you can find online – classes, DVDs, or books – that can help you on your fertility journey. Some that I like include –

Fertile Hope Yoga – online fertility yoga classes; free trial of a yoga for fertility course

Erin McCollough, founder of Fertile Hope Yoga, helps you from going to surviving to thriving in your fertility journey through the use of yoga. She has over 20 years experience working in one of the nation’s top 10 fertility clinics.

Bend, Breathe, and Conceive – video you can rent or buy; includes meditations


Anna Davis, a doctor, scientist, and yoga instructor, created this yoga practice to help couples conceive.

Restoring Fertility – DVD set highly recommended by fertility specialists; integrates yoga with acupuncture points

This yoga for fertility DVD series was developed by reproductive medicine specialists who have helped thousands of women become pregnant.

Yoga and Fertility – a book for those who prefer to read more about fertility yoga; includes many photos and clear descriptions for all yoga levels

Jill Petigara and Lynn Jensen, both fertility yoga instructors, have taught many fertility yoga classes. They demonstrate optimal poses for fertility enhancement in every stage of your cycle whether you are trying to conceive through natural or assisted reproductive techniques.

Stay Healthy

Whether you decide to try yoga, meditation, or acupuncture to help you ease the stress of trying to conceive, do what makes you feel comfortable and safe. Do your personal research and seek your doctor’s advice – your ultimate goal is to be healthy and stay healthy.

If there was a magic activity or pill that would guarantee conception, then we wouldn’t need IVF or any other assisted reproductive treatments. Nothing is guaranteed, you just want to be in your most optimal health to improve your chances of conception.

So whether or not yoga improves fertility, it may at least be worth giving it a try for its ability to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. All things we can do without in our life right now. Namaste!

Have you tried yoga? Do you think it helps with fertility? Feel free to check out some of the resources and would love to hear from you. Please leave your questions or comments below.

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16 Comments

  1. It’s very interesting to read about fertility yoga and it’s connection with IVF. These days, exercises is a very common thing and it’s been helping a lot of people, most especially yoga. This is the first time I’m reading about the fact that men can take the fertility yoga session too which is really nice. Thanks

    1. I had no idea of the benefits of fertility yoga for men but it makes sense. Hope this helps other men too. Thanks for reading! 

  2. I have been practicing yoga for the past 20 years, but I never expected yoga to possibly benefit people with fertility problems. I have experienced many amazing benefits from yoga and mediation myself, so I strongly am a believe yoga can perform miracles we might never expect

    Thank you for sharing yoga and fertility
    Jeff

    1. That’s awesome! It is truly amazing the many benefits of yoga and meditation. Thanks for reading and feel free to share with others who may benefit.

  3. The references, videos, select book on helping Ivf will help someone interested to maximize the chances of conception. 
    I had never a chance to come across this kind of help from yoga. 
    I practice some of the poses mentioned but never knew the benefits. Hip stretching definitely will help the painful child birth.

    It is wonderful to see that optimal power of yoga even helping child birth.

    Practicing yoga connects your body with the mind providing you greater concentration in your work. It definitely relieves anxiety and stress which is intertwined with our living these days.

  4. What an enlightening post! I never knew that yoga could help with fertility. That’s very interesting to know and will surely be helpful for me in the future! Thank you!

  5. When it comes to Yoga, it seems that the benefits of this sport or ritual, if I may call it that, are very many.
    In addition to the mental health we can achieve with yoga sessions, it seems that our body also gets some benefits that we probably do not know. For example, for me it is the first time I find out that fertility can be influenced by certain yoga techniques and I can take it as a very useful information. Over time I have heard of couples who have had this problem and I would really like to share this article with them.
    Thank you so much for this post and wish you all the best!

  6. Hey,

    This is a very important article. I have two friends who are trying for a baby and they would benefit from this article and your site so much. As would a lot of other couples from all over the world, so I hope people come across your site.

    I have forwarded this article onto them and I have encouraged them to comment, and if they have any questions then they should get in touch. If that is OK?

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

    All the best,

    Tom

  7. Oh wow., I knew that yoga really is an amazing exercise but I never knew it found to have this effect. Thank you for sharing this with me. It looks like I may need to start doing this. Thank you.

  8. I was not aware of the benefits of yoga for ivf. This is an eye opener article and I highly benefit from your website. You are an amazing and knowledgeable person. Thank you so much for this amazing information. You website is the light on the other side of the tunnel.
    Thanks

    Rani

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