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Studying the Complex Relationships Between Physical Activity and Infertility

Evenson, KR; Hesketh, KR; (2016) Studying the Complex Relationships Between Physical Activity and Infertility. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine , 10 (4) pp. 232-234. 10.1177/1559827616641379. Green open access

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Abstract

This article provides commentary on the accompanying review, “Modifiable Risk Factors and Infertility: What Are the Connections?” by Rossi and colleagues. This commentary focuses specifically on the association between physical activity or exercise and infertility, given the equivocal evidence summarized in the review by Rossi and colleagues. Several methodologic issues related to physical activity and infertility are discussed, including defining the components of physical activity that research studies assess in research studies (eg, type, intensity, frequency, duration), considering the optimal way to measure physical activity, and investigating important effect modifiers, including age and body mass index. Researchers should also consider sedentary behavior as another potentially important, unexplored, modifiable behavior that may be associated with infertility. Given that unexplained infertility remains of widespread global concern, identifying modifiable risk factors and how much influence they have on infertility remains an important area for research.

Type: Article
Title: Studying the Complex Relationships Between Physical Activity and Infertility
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1559827616641379
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1559827616641379
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: conception, exercise, fertility, in vitro fertilization, pregnancy, recreational activity, sedentary behavior
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503987
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