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Exercise/ sports

Some sports can have an effect on ovulation or sperm quality. Deep-sea diving, for example, can lead to a drastic decline in sperm quality.
For women, exessive exercise can result in the absence of ovulation and menstruation (due to a lack of body fat). However, there are no known data on the impact of normal sports practice on IVF/ICSI treatment. Therefore, if you practice a sport, you can continue to do so, in moderation. The important thing here is to listen to your own body, its limits and its needs.
Sufficient exercise is important for good health, even during pregnancy. If you exercised regularly before you became pregnant, you can continue to do so in the first trimester. If you did not exercise before you got pregnant, you should start a moderate fitness programme, but only in the second trimester. Eat appropriate and varied meals, drink plenty of water and avoid exercising in hot weather. Low-impact movements (walking, swimming, cycling) are preferable. Avoid supine exercises and exercises involving repetitive or jerky movements, especially in the third trimester. Avoid contact sports and sports with a high risk of falls or impact trauma. Ball sports also pose a moderate risk. Due to the risk of oxygen deprivation, mountain climbing and deep-sea diving are not recommended.

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UPDATE 05/01/2024: Renovation works Brussels IVF

To increase the comfort and privacy of its patients, Brussels IVF is renovating its nursing unit (VP03) and the reception desk area at our Andrology Lab.

As part of these renovation works, from 8 January 2024, the reception desk of our Andrology Laboratory and its associated rooms to collect a sperm sample, will be temporarily located on the second floor of Brussels IVF (via route 980).

During your treatment, we guarantee the same quality of care but you might experience a reduced level of comfort due to the temporary location with limited space.
We will make every effort to minimise any inconvenience.

Consult the practical guidelines and the FAQ on the renovation works.