It should be prescribed to women having fertility treatment to help boost their chance of conception, according to experts. A study revealed doing yoga for 45 minutes a week for six weeks cut anxiety levels by 20 per cent. Being relaxed has previously been found to improve the likelihood of conceiving. Based on results found by researchers at the Fertility Center of Illinois, experts said that yoga could also help reduce the number of couples quitting IVF because of the stress. Dr Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, who led the study at the Fertility Centres of Illinois, described the findings as “exciting”. She added, “We have shown a decrease in anxiety of patients that utilised the yoga program. This is particularly exciting given that others have shown a statistical increase in anxiety for infertility patients undergoing infertility treatment. In the US, cost remains a top reason couples stop infertility treatment, but close behind remains emotional distress. We believe yoga can help to alleviate this stress and allow couples to stay in treatment.”
This skills is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures and breathing. The practice originated in India around 5,000 years ago. Fertility expert Dr Stuart Lavery, from the Department of Reproductive Medicine at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, described the findings as “promising”.
He added, “Anything that helps patients cope during a difficult and stressful time can only be good.”