Improved Fertility After Exercise in Overweight/Obese Women (FertilEX)

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Recruitment Status : Terminated (Enrollment proceeded to slowly)
First Posted : September 2, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 21, 2017
St. Olavs Hospital
Alesund Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Brief Summary:
Overweight/obesity is associated with sub-fertility. The investigators will assess if regular exercise training prior to assisted fertilization will improve pregnancy rate in overweight/obese women referred to assisted fertilization. It is expected that training will be successful in increasing pregnancy rate

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Obesity Infertility, Female Behavioral: Exercise

Detailed Description:

Obesity is associated with several diseases, as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, this is of great concern for the public health. Also, of more immediate importance for these women; obesity is associated with increased risks of sub-fertility. The overall aim of the current project is to expand the knowledge about effective interventions to prevent the increasing prevalence of obesity-associated sub-fertility in population.

One cause of the increased referral rate for in-vitro fertilization is the growing prevalence of overweight and obesity. Currently, about 700 couples are annually referred for in-vitro fertilization at St.Olav's Hospital. In this interdisciplinary trial, involving physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, gynecologists, and basic researchers, the effects of regular high intensity exercise training on fertility in sub-fertile overweight and obese women will be investigated.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Study of Pregnancy Rate After Exercise Training Prior to Assisted Fertilisation in Overweight/Obese Women
Actual Study Start Date : September 2013
Primary Completion Date : December 2017
Study Completion Date : December 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Exercise
Regular exercise training for 10 weeks prior to assisted fertilisation
Behavioral: Exercise
No Intervention: Control
Standard care

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pregnancy rate [ Time Frame: 7 weeks after assisted fertilisation ]
    The primary outcome measure is ongoing pregnancy, defined as the sonographic evidence of intrauterine gestational sac and fetal heart activity at seven weeks of gestation.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • body mass index (weight in kg/height in cm squared) >25
  • accepted for assisted fertilization treatment at St.Olav's hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

  • low responders, defined as AMH <2 pmol/L or < 5 oocytes in prior in vitro fertilisation (IVF)/Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles or antral follicle count (AFC) < 5
  • current or previous Metformin use (a wash-out period of > four weeks)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01933633

St Olavs Hospital
Trondheim, Norway
Ålesund Hospital
Ålesund, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
St. Olavs Hospital
Alesund Hospital
Principal Investigator: Trine Moholdt, PhD Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT01933633     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FertilEX
First Posted: September 2, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 21, 2017
Last Verified: December 2017

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
Fertilization in vitro

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Infertility, Female
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female