Wondering whether exercise is safe or beneficial during IVF?

PACE: Physical Activity and Fertility CarE

This study assesses whether different activity levels during fertility treatment impacts mental health or IVF treatment outcomes.

Study overview



Research Topic

Exercise, Activity level,
Stress, IVF outcomes




UCSF Center for Reproductive Health




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What is the purpose of this study?

Many of our patients ask whether exercise is safe or beneficial during stimulation. Although many sources recommend decreasing activity during stimulation, there are little to no data to support that recommendation.

PACE aims to find out whether exercise during ovarian stimulation...

(1) Is helpful in reducing patients’ stress levels during and after treatment
(2) Is safe for all women
(3) Is beneficial for developing eggs

Who can join?


You may be able to join if...

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You plan to complete ovarian stimulation for the first time for IVF or egg freezing


You can't join if...

  • You have a heart or joint condition where increased physical activity is not recommended

Frequently asked questions

Want more information?

Click below, or you can reach the study coordinator at [email protected]

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