Fitness, Fertility and Fatherhood: Attain Fertility Center Doctor Cautions

(Purchase, NY)  Many people still believe that infertility is largely a women’s issue but, in fact, one third of  infertility cases are caused by men’s fertility issues, one third are caused by women’s issues and a third of fertility issues are either unexplained or caused by  both the man and woman. Fertility experts at centers within the  Attain Fertility® Network treat both men and women who are having trouble conceiving, One  of the surprising causes of male infertility is over-exercise.

“We are not suggesting that men stop exercising. We are suggesting, however, that moderation is key. In fact, studies* show that men who do not exercise and men who engage in consistent strenuous exercise both have lower sperm motility than those who have a moderate exercise routine,” explained Dr. Shawn E. Gurtcheff, of Utah Fertility Center, an Attain Fertility Center based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Dr. Gurtcheff recommends that men who hope to conceive:


  • Run less than 100 miles per week
  • Bicycle no more than 30 miles at a time
  • Use a wide back bicycle seat (instead of the standard hard, narrow seat)
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Quit smoking
  • Stop use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs

In addition, according to Dr. Gurtcheff, a number of recent studies have shown that taking antioxidants may protect against exercise induced sperm damage.

There are many other indicators of male-factor infertility including: injury or physical trauma to the testes, weight issues, chronic illness, thyroid disorder, and STDs. In addition, medications such as antidepressants, antacids and chemotherapy drugs are linked to lower sperm count.  Men who hope to become fathers and are having difficulty getting their partner pregnant should speak to their doctors who can run tests to make a definitive diagnosis and recommend treatment.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.

IntegraMed is a leader in developing, marketing and managing specialty outpatient healthcare facilities, with a current focus on the fertility and vein care markets.  IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management, quality assurance, and fertility treatment financing programs. 

Attain Fertility® Centers, ( ) an IntegraMed Specialty, offers the nation’s largest fertility center network, with 14 company-managed partner centers and 24 affiliate centers, comprising over 130 locations across 32 states and the District of Columbia.  Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an Attain Fertility Centers network practice.

*Researchers from Kuramoto Women's Clinic and the Department of Urology at Yamaguchi University in Japan presented their findings in October 2011 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.