P.volve, known for its evidence-based functional fitness for women is expanding its offering to the reproductive health space with the launch of Moving During Fertility Treatment, an exercise program designed for women undergoing ovarian stimulation and retrieval, part of the egg donation, egg freezing and in vitro fertilization process.
“One in eight women will require some kind of assisted reproduction, and many have been told that they should not exercise while undergoing in vitro fertilization and other treatments because some types of movement are not safe during this period,” said Julie Cartwright, President of P.volve. “However, for those who enjoy the benefits of exercise, it can be stressful to cut it out of their lives entirely. Our Moving During Fertility Treatment series provides women with a doctor-approved way to keep exercising and enjoy the psychological and physical benefits of movement.”
Ovarian stimulation causes the ovaries to increase in size—sometimes by up to three- or four-fold. Some exercises, such as twists, jumps and other pelvic movements, can cause an enlarged ovary to twist around its blood supply, resulting in ovarian torsion. Ovarian torsion is a surgical emergency and can lead to the loss of an ovary.
P.volve’s Moving During Fertility Treatment series is intended for already-active women undergoing ovarian stimulation who want to continue movement for its physical as well as emotional benefits. The new series includes workouts and stretches that are aligned with each woman’s progress through fertility treatments as well as educational talks and meditations to make sure women are armed with the right tools during this process.