We are excited to announce that a new study from Fertility Centers of Illinois and Pulling Down the Moon found that online yoga and in-person yoga are equally effective in reducing anxiety among infertility patients with at least one failed IVF cycle or miscarriage.
The Yoga for Fertility™ program patients participated in included six weekly meetings. For those attending classes, the meetings involved a 90-minute fertility yoga class and group discussion.
Yoga classes include a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety and balancing life energy flow in the body.
After a six-week yoga program anxiety was reduced by up to 26 percent for those in an online yoga class and 23 percent for those in an in-person yoga program. This is very promising - many women are unable to attend but can now experience the same benefits by practicing at home.
This is the first study of its kind to demonstrate a reduction in stress through a remote mechanism, and it further reinforces the benefit of group discussion in reducing stress.
The study is being shared with the national fertility community at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting and was conducted by Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron of Fertility Centers of Illinois and Beth Heller of Pulling Down the Moon.
If you are going through treatment and would like to reduce the stress that can accompany fertility assistance, we encourage you to learn more about the Yoga for Fertility program or join one of the upcoming programs hosted by Pulling Down the Moon.